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Development of an Electronics Manufacturing Technician Program for Community College Students

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Nicholas Langhoff Skyline College

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Nicholas Langhoff is the founder and Chair of the Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Computer Science Program at Skyline College, in San Bruno, California. His educational background is in Electrical and Computer Engineering with expertise in electronics hardware design and manufacturing. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing grant-funded programs from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and private foundations bringing over $5M in funding to the college. Most recently, he is working on the development of an electronics manufacturing technician program along with the construction of a completely new and modernized electronics design lab space.

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Jenny Le Skyline College

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The Silicon Valley and San Francisco tech region in California is growing rapidly and has an increasing need for skilled technicians with integrated abilities in electronics manufacturing, advanced R&D testing and troubleshooting, and automation and controls. This work-in-progress details the development of the SkyBayTech Electronics Technician program at Skyline Community College, a small Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Technological Education (ATE) program, the SkyBayTech program is designed to meet current local workforce needs through hands-on and project-based learning experiences for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed within the local technician workforce. The paper and poster detail: (1) needs assessment within the local workforce, (2) newly developed curriculum and stackable certificates in electronics technology aligned with key Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC) standards, (3) faculty professional development as IPC certified instructors, (4) development of a cutting-edge electronics manufacturing lab facility, (5) an intensive student support program that includes dual-enrollment high school partners to recruit, retain, and graduate students, and (6) collaborative partnerships and a workforce placement program with integrated support from industry partners and research facilities. Early lessons learned within the first year of program development are also shared.

Langhoff, N., & Le, J., & Shattuck, J. (2022, August), Development of an Electronics Manufacturing Technician Program for Community College Students Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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