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Partnering With Industry To Provide Continuing And Distance Education Programs In Engineering & Technology:A Case Study

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.487.1 - 5.487.9



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Willam G. Curley

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Sohail Anwar

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Session 3222

Partnering with Industry to Provide Continuing and Distance Education Programs in Engineering & Technology: A Case Study

Sohail Anwar, William G. Curley Penn State Altoona


This paper provides a description of continuing education programs developed and implemented by Penn State Altoona Office of Continuing & Distance Education for engineers and technicians in the Central Pennsylvania region. These programs are offered in the areas of process control, CAD, project management, information technology, and quality management. The paper also lists assessment methods used by the Continuing and Distance Education Office to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programs.

I. Introduction

Over the last several decades, the expectations of the American worker have changed dramatically to include better employee preparation and increased work skills. New technology, teamwork, quality management, and just-in-time production have become the norms of the current and future workplace .1 To keep up with the changing technology, the USA and the world as a whole need employees with increasingly sophisticated skills. For this reason the issue of workforce education, training, and retraining is becoming increasingly important all over the world. All organizations, regardless of their nature, face the challenge of providing professional training to their employees. Many organizations are addressing the professional training needs of their members by joining forces with academia.

Through partnership with regional business and industry, Penn State Altoona Office of Continuing & Distance Education provides customized services such as: 1. Training needs assessment 2. Job profiling 3. Organization assessment

Programs that can be customized to meet the training needs of a customer include: • Supervisory management and leadership development • Front-line employee skill development • Quality and process improvement • Computer/information technology training • Programs on selected topics in engineering • Graduate course work for educators • Training for healthcare professionals

This paper focuses on development and implementation of continuing engineering education programs of Penn State Altoona.

Curley, W. G., & Anwar, S. (2000, June), Partnering With Industry To Provide Continuing And Distance Education Programs In Engineering & Technology:A Case Study Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8618

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