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Partnering With Industry To Provide Technology Education

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.413.1 - 4.413.7

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Julie A. Phillips

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Dewey A. Swanson

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Session 3322

Partnering with Industry to Provide Technology Education

By Dewey A. Swanson and Julie A. Phillips Purdue University at Columbus


Purdue University’s Statewide Technology programs were designed to extend the university’s technology programs throughout the state of Indiana. Statewide Technology is a partnership between education, business, industry, and government: formed to meet Indiana’s need for trained technologists. Local business/industry and government representatives helped plan, develop, and implement community programs selected from plans of study provided by Purdue University. The existence of these campuses throughout the state, depend on this working relationship with local business and industry.

Purdue University School of Technology, Columbus Campus, in continually developing ways to partner with local business/industry for continued technology education and development. This paper will detail some of these partnerships including: 1) Technology in Action Days is a new program developed to give high school students a chance to explore degree programs in technology at a local firm. 2) The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Department is partnering with a local Fortune 500 firm to train students in their apprentice program. 3) A Quality Course offered by the Organizational Leadership and Technology Department is partnering with a corporate quality group at a local firm. 4) The Computer Technology Department (CPT) is partnering with a Fortune 500 firm to provide Oracle database training in the form of Purdue credit courses, made available to businesses in the local community. 5) The Columbus site has an Industrial Advisory Board consisting of members from local business, industry and the university. 6) The Columbus Education and Career Counseling Project, made up of community leaders from government, education and industry, was created to plan the community’s workforce needs of the future, and how the local education institutions can satisfy those needs. This paper will delve further into each of the above mentioned partnerships.


Technology in Action Days: In order to recruit students, an approach that was taken by Purdue School of Technology was to invite high school students to the campus to learn about the technology degree programs. This program was called, Technology Preview Days. This past year, 1998-1999, a partnership was formed with Cummins Engine Company, Inc. to help in this

Phillips, J. A., & Swanson, D. A. (1999, June), Partnering With Industry To Provide Technology Education Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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