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Real World Experience In Learning In Manufacturing Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Real-World Manufacturing Education

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7.969.1 - 7.969.8



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Donald Falkenburg

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Tina Harkin

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Embedding Experience in Learning within Manufacturing Education Donald R. Falkenburg Tina M. Harkin, Wayne State University Focus:HOPE

Abstract The Greenfield Coalition at Focus:HOPE is a coalition of five universities, three university affiliates, six manufacturing companies, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Focus:HOPE. (a civil and human rights organization dedicated to intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice in Detroit and its suburbs). The impetus for Greenfield was the sense that most academic studies in manufacturing engineering were devoid of real manufacturing experiences. The paper describes the unique educational experience under development by Greenfield at the Focus: HOPE Center for Advanced Technologies. It develops Greenfield’s vision, beliefs, and technology strategy to support learning. The paper explores the implementation of Greenfield’s learning tools targeting real-world manufacturing experience, and a set of manufacturing engineering case studies set in Focus: HOPE’S Center for Advanced Technologies.

Focus:HOPE Focus:HOPE supports an amazing web of programs to underpin its educational objectives. Founded in 1968 after the urban riots in Detroit, it pledges intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice—to make a difference within the city and its suburbs. Focus:HOPE began by feeding the undernourished needy (women with children and then adding senior citizens), but quickly added programs to enable inner city youth to acquire knowledge to seize opportunities for highly skilled and well paying jobs. Today, an individual may begin the journey by enrolling in First Step or FastTrack. These four and seven week programs use computer-based learning to build fundamental skills in mathematics and English. When the student graduates from FastTrack, they have skills certified at the ninth and tenth grade level in reading and math. This provides the appropriate prerequisite skills for entering the Machinist Training Institute (MTI). Alternatively, students may also choose to pursue a career pathway through Focus: HOPE's Information Technologies Center.

MTI is a thirty-one week program in which students earn certification in the operation of material processing equipment (machining), metrology, computer-aided design, computer numerical control, and the associated math, computer, and communication skills .

Focus:HOPE Mission Statement Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red, from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious Persuasion. We join in this covenant. (Adopted March 8, 1968)

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Falkenburg, D., & Harkin, T. (2002, June), Real World Experience In Learning In Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11362

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