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Power Up!: Creating Leaders For Community College & High School Technology/Engineering

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Innovative Partnerships

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Two Year College Division

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11.1002.1 - 11.1002.16

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Christine Shaw Museum of Science, Boston

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Michael Pelletier Northern Essex Community College

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Power Up!: Creating Leaders for Community College & High School Technology/Engineering Christine Shaw, Museum of Science, Boston

The Power Up!: Creating Leaders for Community College & High School Technology/Engineering project is a professional development program for high school and community college educators.

The project is addressing five critical needs:

Engaging community college students with creative and realistic problem- solving engineering activities. Developing programs at the high school level that will lead students to consider pursuing technical studies at college. Fostering partnerships between community college and high school faculty to smooth the transition from high school to college. Creating a cadre of leaders, including both high school and college teachers. Increasing awareness among high school guidance counselors, college faculty advisors, parents, and other stakeholders about the importance of technology and engineering programs for all students at the high school and college levels.

PowerUp! focuses primarily on one area of engineering/technology—education about energy and power technologies. At a national level, energy and power technologies are becoming increasingly important for society’s continued development and growth. Engineers and technicians are needed to manage and maintain the current sources and grids while simultaneously alternative sources need to be explored for the future.

The project is a collaboration between the Museum of Science, Boston; three community colleges in Massachusetts: Bunker Hill Community College, and North Shore Community College, Quinsigamond Community College; three industry partners: Keyspan Energy, Northern Power, and The Engineering Center; eight school districts; and consortiums throughout the Massachusetts Tech Prep Network.

This paper will describe some of the activities that the PowerUp! project has engaged in to foster increased understanding of engineering and promote student transition from high school to community college and set the stage for future examination of student recruitment, retention and completion of two year degree programs in engineering and technology areas.


Shaw, C., & Pelletier, M. (2006, June), Power Up!: Creating Leaders For Community College & High School Technology/Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

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