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Education in a Remote World: Focus on Workforce Readiness

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Remote Instruction/COVID-19 Strategies

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Engineering Technology

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19

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Christine Delahanty Bucks County Community College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9092-1561

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Dr. Delahanty is the Area Coordinator of Science and Engineering, and Professor of Engineering and Physics at Bucks County Community College (Bucks). She worked as an electrical engineer at General Electric Co. for nine years in both military and commercial communication satellite operations. Her research interests include investigating creativity within STEM education as a factor in cultivating diversity. She establishes technical, college level, programs of study for modernized classroom and laboratory curricula including online course platforms, and integrated technologies. She has been involved in both private and government grants as author and project director, and is currently PI of an NSF ATE grant, "Increasing the Number of Engineering Technicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania." A major goal of this collaborative effort with Drexel University is to connect for-credit, occupational technician education to workforce development certification programs. She was the faculty advisor to two student teams that made the final round of the NSF AACC Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) in 2016 and 2017. She and her students have been involved in STEM related outreach to local community groups and K-12 schools.

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Susan Herring Bucks County Community College

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Susan Herring, Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Development at Bucks County Community College, directs the college’s workforce development activities as they relate to business incumbent worker training, industrial skills occupational training, adult basic literacy, and other pre-collegiate programming including college and career readiness programs for high school and out-of-school students. Susan has been instrumental in managing workforce development programs in collaboration with industry and government agencies, including the employer-driven Metalwork Training Program. This highly successful and replicable model provides entry-level, well-trained workers for local manufacturers.
In addition to her experience in higher education, Ms. Herring’s experience includes over thirteen years in corporate human resources management working for Fortune 500 companies, and 10 years working with school-based workforce development initiatives. She serves on several committees of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board. Ms. Herring has a bachelor’s degree in business from Sacred Heart University.

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Tracy Timby Bucks County Community College

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TRACY A. TIMBY

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION
J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1997
M.S.,Counseling Psychology, Loyola College in Baltimore, 1991
B.S., Psychology, St. Joseph's University, 1989

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
January 2014 – Present Dean, Business + Innovation, Bucks County Community College
May 2007-January 2014 – Director, Paralegal Program, Bucks County Community College
August 2013-January 2014 –Associate Professor, Law, Bucks County Community College
August 2010-August 2013 – Assistant Professor, Law, Bucks County Community College
January 2007-August 2010 – Instructor, Law, Bucks County Community College
March 2006-January 2014 Managing Partner, TimbyHunt, Attorneys at Law
August 2005-January 2007 – Adjunct Professor, Law, Bucks County Community College
January 2004-May 2006 – Adjunct Professor, Law, Manor College
August 1998-August 2005 – Adjunct Professor Law, Delaware
Valley College
July 1997-January 2006 – Attorney, Timby,Haft, Kopil Fanning and Sacco

MULTIMEDIA
Huffington Post, Divorce (2011) – author of article on Collaborative Divorce after age Fifty for national RSS feed publication.
Thomson West, Scranton, Pennsylvania (2005) - drafting of online Family law course for Thomson West online Paralegal Program including lecture panels, virtual field trips, weekly quizzes, course project and midterm and final examinations.

PRESENTATIONS
Basic Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Law, Co-Trainer (October 2011)
Bucks County Bar Association – The Option of Collaborative Law for Divorcing Couples (April 2011)
American Association for Paralegal Education – Northeast Regional Meeting (April 2011)
American Association for Paralegal Education – Northeast Regional Meeting (April 2012)
Basic Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Law, Trainer (January 2013)
Bucks County Collaborative Law Group Retreat – Facilitator (April 2013)
American Association for Paralegal Education – National Meeting (November 2013)
Basic Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Law, Trainer (January 2014)
American Association for Paralegal Education – National Meeting (November 2014)
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship – Presenter (October 2018)
Basic Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Law, Trainer (October, 2018)
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship – Presenter (October 2020)

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Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis - Professor of Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering, has taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, nondestructive testing, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, biomedical engineering, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. Results of his research work were published in scientific journals and presented at the national and international conferences. Dr. Genis has five US patents. As a member of a supervising team, he worked on the development of the curriculum for the “Partnership for Innovation in Nanobiotechnology Education” program. Dr. Genis is a Fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

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Abstract

Education in a Remote World: Focus on Workforce Readiness Bucks County Community College (Bucks) in collaboration with Drexel University (Drexel) is committed to increasing the number of workforce ready engineers and engineering technicians and to creating a blueprint for 2+2 engineering education programs nationally. Recently, educational reform took an unexpected turn to remote teaching due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. Within our NSF ATE grant to enhance our present engineering technology curriculum we modified and enhanced instructional and student engagement methods to assure workforce readiness of our students in a remote world. Curriculum enhancements within the engineering technology (ET) occupational major at Bucks and the B.S. in ET degree program at Drexel, modifications to delivery of workforce development certification programs through the Bucks Center for Workforce Development (CWD), and college-wide student engagement strategies were implemented to assure quality education and student engagement. Modifications to credit courses included asynchronous online courses, synchronous remote courses, and hybrid courses, which combined remote and on campus laboratory instruction. Our CWD implemented hybrid instruction that included necessary resources for students such as tool kits and borrowed laptop computers. In addition, a college wide program called Bucks+ was implemented through the Bucks Business and Innovation Department to increase enrollment, retention, and workforce readiness of students. The Bucks+ program focuses on student engagement through competition within curriculum, and extracurricular endeavors that prepare students for industry. We will share our successes and challenges within our call to action to engage students in a remote world and to enhance their educational experience through innovative instructional techniques.

Delahanty, C., & Herring, S., & Timby, T., & Genis, V. (2021, July), Education in a Remote World: Focus on Workforce Readiness Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37002

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