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Status Report On The Attempt To Start A Gulf Coast Electrical Electronics Technology Teachers Association

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.894.1 - 6.894.8

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Luces Faulkenberry

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Session 2286

Status Report on the Attempt to Start a Gulf Coast Electrical-Electronics Technology Teachers Association Luces M. Faulkenberry University of Houston


In 1999 Dr. Luke Faulkenberry at the University of Houston and Dr. Larry Brillhart at North Harris College in Houston were given a small Ford Foundation Mini-grant under the auspices of the University of Houston to try to start an electrical-electronics technology teachers association in the Houston-Gulf Coast area. This association is to include teachers from high schools, community colleges, universities, and proprietary schools. The objective is to bring the electrical-electronics technology teachers together to discuss items of common interest, forge linkages between the schools, and improve communications among the teachers and the schools represented.

The first meeting was held on April 28, 1999. Twenty-five of the approximately 80 electrical- electronics teachers in the area attended. Among the items of common interest are articulation, curriculum matters, political matters effecting teaching and education funding, and teaching methodologies. The next meeting is November 10, 2000. There are funds enough for three meetings, so another funded meeting will be held in the spring semester of 2001, although the final report is due in December of 2000.

This paper will summarize the progress of the association through spring 2001, and provide any lessons learned to assist people wishing to start a similar association.


The electrical and electronics teachers in the community colleges and universities in the Gulf Coast area around Houston, TX have always kept in touch informally. The primary reason has been the need for articulation of electrical and electronics courses for students with associate degrees who subsequently pursued a baccalaureate degree from one of the area universities. This loose, informal association generally did not include teachers from proprietary schools or high schools. The meetings between teachers were not organized, and linkages often broke down as people changed positions, places of employment, or just got busy.

The faculty members in the Electrical-Electronics Technology Department at the University of Houston College of Technology had occasionally commented about how nice it would be to see electronics teachers at other institutions more frequently to discuss items of common interest. I had spoken to community college faculty who had expressed a similar interest. The problem was Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Faulkenberry, L. (2001, June), Status Report On The Attempt To Start A Gulf Coast Electrical Electronics Technology Teachers Association Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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