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Enhancing the Student Job Shadow Experience with Industry

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Professional Development and Scholarship

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Engineering Technology

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22.626.1 - 22.626.8



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Sandy W. Feola Sinclair Community College

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Sandy Feola works in the National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME) as Customer Engagement Manager supporting the METEC Online digital clearinghouse for manufacturing and engineering technology resources and provides project management. She is also a part time instructor for The University of Dayton Engineering Technology Department (since 2007) and Sinclair Community College’s Operations Technology Department (since 1995) teaching industrial engineering and quality engineering curriculum. Over the past 25 years, Sandy has held engineering, contract support and management roles in different organizations including metal forming and machining, printed circuit board manufacturing, software development, and plastic extrusion industries. She is a senior member the American Society for Quality having served as a past section chair. She is ASQ certified in quality engineering, quality auditor, six sigma green belt, software quality engineering, hazard analysis for critical control points, and Environmental & OHSAS. She is also a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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Steven Wendel Sinclair Community College

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Steve Wendel
Director, National Center for Manufacturing Education:

Director, Project Lead the Way, Ohio Affiliate:

Sinclair Community College,
444 W. Third St.,
Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Phone: 937-512-2841.

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Enabling Collaboration between Engineering Technology Students and Industry Mentors Using Social Media ToolsResults of a study conducted by Interactive Educational Systems Design in 2009 surveyed morethan 500 district technology directors around the United States finding that teachers are drivingWeb 2.0 adoption in schools. Web 2.0 applications include online communication media to reachout to parents and students. Online multimedia resources and tools that use teacher-generatedcontent is cited as the “next area of growth in the use of Web 2.0 technologies.” Industry,looking to meet future workforce demand, can utilize a variety of social media and internet toolsto promote not only their organization, but education and skills that students need to masterbefore entering technical careers that are in high demand.Extending the web portal capabilities into the social media world with themycareerme feature was the next logical step for the education to industry workforce pipelinedialog. Social networking applications and tools offer teachers the ability to use Web 2.0technology in the classroom to connect their students with companies, technology experts andmentors. The ability to leverage today’s technology goes beyond the one-way “search and find”web portal concept and can now connect the students and teachers to industry representatives fora collaborative experience. This paper describes how education influences to adopt social mediatechnologies drove development of new features that enables collaborative relationships.Examples are presented about of how mycareerme is used for intra and inter-class projects,between professional society student chapters, education centers and industry using social medianetworking for learning and collaboration.

Feola, S. W., & Wendel, S. (2011, June), Enhancing the Student Job Shadow Experience with Industry Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17907

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