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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. https://peer.asee.org/42012
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