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Strengthening Community College Engineering Education Through Collaboration and Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Information Literacy, Computer Efficacy and Readiness

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Two Year College Division

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23.1090.1 - 23.1090.17



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Amelito G Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of engineering and mathematics at Cañada College. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Elizabeth Paderi Cheung Los Angeles Pierce College

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Tiffany Reardon

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Strengthening Community College Engineering Education Through Collaboration and TechnologyAbstractThere has been a recent increase in awareness of the important role that community colleges playin educating future engineers, especially in broadening participation among students fromunderrepresented groups. However, budget problems at the state and national levels haveresulted in continuing budget cuts in community colleges. With limited resources whileresponding to increasing variability of lower-division transfer curricula as required by four-yearengineering programs, it has become increasingly difficult for small community collegeengineering programs to support all the courses needed by students to transfer. Meanwhile,transfer admissions have become increasingly more competitive because of budget cuts in four-year universities. As a result, prospective engineering students who attend community collegeswith limited or no engineering course offerings are at a disadvantage for both transfer admissionas well as time to completion upon transfer. This paper is a description of a collaborative projectamong community college engineering programs in California to address this problem byaligning engineering curriculum, enhancing teaching effectiveness using Tablet PCs, andincreasing access to engineering courses through online education. The project includes aSummer Engineering Teaching Institute designed to assist community college engineeringfaculty in developing a Tablet-PC-enhanced model of instruction, and implementing onlinecourses. The project also involves a partnership among community college engineeringprograms to design and implement a Joint Engineering Program that is delivered online. Thispaper summarizes the results of the first two years of implementation of the project, and exploresits potential to strengthen the community college engineering education pipeline in order toincrease and diversify the engineering workforce.

Enriquez, A. G., & Cheung, E. P., & Reardon, T. (2013, June), Strengthening Community College Engineering Education Through Collaboration and Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22475

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