June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Project PETE: Pathways to Engineering and Technology Education
Charles Feldhaus, Ed.D
Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
This paper details a unique, funded, secondary/post-secondary partnership titled Project PETE: Pathways to Engineering and Technology Education. This partnership between the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Career and Technology Center and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) provides a variety of pathways for IPS students to attend the various post-secondary programs offered by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, through a competitive grant process, provided funding for Project PETE. The main focus of the grant was to increase academic achievement and therefore, prepare secondary students for admission to certificate and degree programs in engineering and technology offered at the postsecondary level. Underrepresented students within the IPS system were targeted and provided a variety of services in an effort to help them understand the urban mission of IUPUI, the engineering and engineering technology programs available to them at IUPUI and the rigorous academic preparation necessary to gain admission to the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology
Minority and underrepresented IUPUI students were employed to academically tutor and personally mentor Project PETE students attending the IPS Career and Technology Center. Twenty-two IUPUI mentors were trained by IPS and IUPUI counselors and provided over 700 hours of academic tutoring and personal counseling to IPS Career and Technology Students. In addition, IPS and School of Engineering and Technology faculty partnered to articulate IPS secondary, technical courses with IUPUI courses in an effort to provide a type of “Technology Advanced Placement” opportunity for IPS students. Students who completed their program of study at the IPS Career and Technology center, and who meet admission requirements to the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, had the opportunity to earn 15 credits toward their postsecondary degree in the area(s) of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Construction Technology and Computer Graphics Technology. Project PETE made it possible for IPS students to graduate with core academic Advanced Placement credits, Technology Advanced Placement credits, an Indiana Academic Honors Diploma and/or a Certificate of Technical Achievement.
“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Feldhaus, C. (2005, June), Project Pete: Pathways To Engineering And Technology Education Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14277
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