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Promoting Successful Technical Apprenticeships: Aligning Industry and Education Needs to Improve Employment Outcomes for Community College Students

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2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be

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Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date

October 27, 2023

Start Date

October 27, 2023

End Date

January 10, 2024

Page Count

14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--45128

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https://peer.asee.org/45128

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72

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Guozhen Tony An Queensborough Community College

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Guozhen An is assistant professor of the Engineering Technology Department at Queensborough Community College of CUNY. He received BS in Computer Science from Jilin University in China, MA in Computer Science from Queens College CUNY, and Ph.D in Computer Science from the Graduate Center of CUNY.  He worked as researcher at SONY, AOL, and CUNY, and also has many years of teaching experience at Queens College, York College, Mercy College and Queensborough Community College.  His research interests are in Natural Language Processing, Spoken Language Processing, Speech Recognition/Analysis/Synthesis, Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. He published in various international conferences, such as Interspeech, NAACL, Cognitive and ACM conference.

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Dugwon Seo

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Dr. Dugwon Seo is an assistant professor in Engineering Technology Department at Queensborough Community College. Dr. Seo has been teaching engineering technology courses including digital circuit, computer applications, computer-aided analysis, and renew

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David Mannes City University of New York, Queensborough Community College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0009-0008-9120-9032

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David Mannes is a dedicated educational reformer, with a focus on experiential and situated learning strategies. He is a graduate of Fordham’s master‘s program in Educational Leadership, where he studied change management and leadership theories. He is also a skilled administrator and system builder, and is adept at using technology to automate and streamline workflow.

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Raymond K.F. Lam City University of New York, Queensborough Community College

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Assistant professor of Engineering Technology Department of Queensborough Community College in Bayside, New York. He holds a Doctor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Scienc

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Abstract

Apprenticeships, which incorporate real-world situations into the learning process, are seeing a resurgence within the context of higher education. For the last two years, the New York City Job Council has provided a unique opportunity for students from multiple community colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) to work at partner companies and gain training and working experience while earning college credits to complete their degree programs. The authors of this paper participated in a year-long NYC Job Council faculty training program. Initially, this provided the opportunity to revise the formal academic curriculum to include high-value technical industry skills. As the program continues to develop, partner companies have provided further feedback about the soft skills they are most looking for apprentices, including oral and written communication, digital fluency, problem-solving, critical thinking, time management, leadership, and teamwork. Two cohorts of students have already completed the apprenticeship program, and it is worth noting that a number of participants within these cohorts have already been extended job offers from the partner companies they worked for during the apprenticeship. The authors plan to continue collaborating closely with the business partners at the CEO Job Council, to gather ongoing feedback about how to better align educational and industry needs to continue improving employment outcomes for CUNY students who participate in the program. Future work will involve in expanding the current apprenticeship model to other A.A.S degree programs and other academic departments as well.

An, G. T., & Seo, D., & Mannes, D., & Lam, R. K. (2023, October), Promoting Successful Technical Apprenticeships: Aligning Industry and Education Needs to Improve Employment Outcomes for Community College Students Paper presented at 2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be, Ewing, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--45128

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