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Partnership For Success In Engineering Education

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Trends in Mechanical Engineering

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8.914.1 - 8.914.15



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Nabil Ibrahim

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Session Number 1566


Nabil A. Ibrahim Ph.D. AVP Graduate Studies & Research, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0025


This paper deals with the value of corporate partnership in the development of a program in Manufacturing Information Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU), known as 2+2+2. The program has been developed in partnership with several high schools, three community colleges and six high-tech industrial companies in Silicon Valley. The curriculum has been carefully articulated to enable students to move seamlessly from high school to community college to university. Participating companies play an important role in defining competency gaps, developing case studies, placing students in internships, and developing state of the art laboratories. Competency gaps serve as a driver to curriculum development. One objective of the program has been to enhance diversity and encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in engineering by presenting them with a seamless pathway early on in their education process. The paper will also provide answers to such questions as: How to develop a stable pipeline of students? What is the role of industry in program development? What are the significant achievements of the 2+2+2 program after three years of implementation? What are the lessons learned and the most significant outcomes?

Partnership and Student Success

The 2+2+2 program was designed in 1999 to provide a career pathway for students interested in engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing information systems. The program was developed in partnership with three high school districts (East-Side, Campbell and Sequoia), three community colleges (San Jose, Mission and Foothill- DeAnza) and six high-tech companies in Silicon Valley (Applied Materials, Hewlett- Packard, IBM, Intel, Lockheed-Martin, and Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley). In addition, two community organizations (Workforce Silicon Valley, and Workplace Learning Center) have participated in recruiting and providing internships to students.

Program Description

This program facilitates the creation and delivery of a carefully designed curriculum which enables students of diverse educational backgrounds, to move seamlessly from high school, to community college program, to university, Figure (1). Students can choose to join the workforce at any stage of the program. By successfully articulating educational programs, refining curricula, delivering faculty enhancement workshops, and offering

Ibrahim, N. (2003, June), Partnership For Success In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11806

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