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Project Lead the Way Conference for Recruiting: A Small-campus Outreach to Local High School Students

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Recruitment and Retention Matters in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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25.1080.1 - 25.1080.20



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Gene L. Harding Purdue University, Statewide Technology

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Gene L. Harding is an Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering technology at Purdue University, where he has taught for nine years. He has three years of industrial experience with Agilent Technologies and more than 26 years of combined active and reserve service in the U.S. Air Force.

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Michael D. Sanders Purdue University, Statewide Technology

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Michael D. Sanders's career in higher education spans nearly 30 years, 22 of which were spent working for Purdue University in various positions. Sanders also served as Assistant Professor of business for Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana for five years. Mike holds an A.S. from Purdue, Calument, and a B.S. and M.S. in technical education from Purdue, West Lafayette, Ind.

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Project Lead the Way Conference for Recruiting: A Small-Campus Outreach to Local High School StudentsQuite a bit has been written in recent years to address Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum,instruction, and articulation, as well as outreach to underrepresented groups, but they aregenerally either broad in scope (state or national level) or from the perspective of a fairly largeeducational institution, or both. The authors of this paper are part of a large university in thestate of _______, but are not located on the main campus. They are part of a small group offaculty and staff who are tenants on a regional campus of another public university. Thissituation is a substantial obstacle to awareness in the community and student recruitment.One of the activities the faculty and staff use to increase local awareness and boost recruiting isan annual Project Lead the Way Conference for local high school students. The third annualconference was held September 30th, 2011, hosting 76 students and five teachers from area highschools. Each conference includes hands-on activities with technology, along with informationabout careers and campus life. This paper provides some background about the campusrelationships in _______, then describes:  the conference and its evolution over the past three years,  lessons learned along the way,  establishment of relationships with local high school teachers,  industry participation,  attainment of local media coverage of the event, and  feedback from follow-up surveys of the high school teachers after the conference.The conclusion discusses areas of further improvement to be implemented in future conferences.

Harding, G. L., & Sanders, M. D. (2012, June), Project Lead the Way Conference for Recruiting: A Small-campus Outreach to Local High School Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21837

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