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NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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Kathleen Alfano College of the Canyons

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Kathleen Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA and has served as the Director of the California Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) based at College of the Canyons since 1996. She directs and is Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) CREATE Renewable Energy Center of Excellence. As Director of CREATE, she is involved in efforts across the United States and internationally to define and implement credit technician curricula in many areas of renewable energy, including wind, solar, geothermal, and energy efficiency. She has served as a NSF Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She also was part of the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration working group that developed the Renewable Energy Competency Model ( Dr Alfano also served as the only community college representative on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries which released their report in March 2013

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The California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) was formed in May of 1996 as a joint consortium effort of community colleges, California State Universities and over 55 high tech engineering technology employers to develop a regional approach to the preparation and training of engineering technicians. Since its formation, CREATE has emerged as a major education-industry partnership and was selected as one of only 40 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers of Excellence funded nationally. The goal of this ATE Regional Center, expanded to nine community colleges and high schools, is to address the demonstrated high demand for renewable energy technicians in southern and central California as a multi-County consortium. Additional funding from NSF has allowed the Center to include national competitions for renewable energy faculty development learning exchanges in Australia (2013), Germany and Denmark (2014), and the Caribbean (2015).

This ASEE poster session will highlight the recently funded longitudinal research study to measure student achievements. The goal of this targeted research project is to investigate, analyze, and disseminate the student success of up to 27,000 students who have completed at least one NSF CREATE-funded course and to better assess the impact of over 12 years of NSF ATE Center funding. A secondary goal is to serve as a model for longitudinal data mining and analysis for the hundreds of other ATE projects and Centers. Measures of achievement to be used will include progress to degree and retention, certificate and degree attainment, and wage increases and wage levels by technical discipline.

Alfano, K. (2016, June), NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25805

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