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Teaching the Teachers: Expanding Impact of Technical Education Through Secondary Schools

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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Susan J Ely Ivy Tech Community College

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Dr. Ely began her academic career at the community college level, after having worked as an engineer in areas of manufacturing, distribution, logistics and supply chain. Her research interests in Supply Chain Management include optimization through resiliency, lean supply chain practices and effective instruction in supply chain for career development, professional development of educators and online practices.

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Secondary schools are in a prime position to introduce students into careers in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. However, these teachers often lack any practical experience in the field and lack the understanding to communicate the latest trends, technologies and career opportunities to their students. The teachers also lack understanding in how to connect these high demand careers to their current course offerings in technology or business management. The NSF Award “Technology-Based Logistics: Leveraging Indiana’s Role as the Crossroads of America” (Awards 1304619 and 1304520) specifically addresses these concerns through building a pipeline of educational curriculum that begins with secondary education and continues through community college and four year institutions. Through dual credit opportunities, strong linkages to potential supply chain careers are reinforced beginning at grade 10. A combination of teacher professional development, curriculum development and support, and national certifications creates an opportunity for students to enter the supply chain management and logistics industry sector. Entry points in this sector are available at a wide variety of skill levels, including, high school diploma, certificate programs, and two year and four year degree programs. This poster will demonstrate best practices used in training secondary educators on supply chain management topics, including simulation and game-based instruction. It will also showcase the secondary to post-secondary educational pathway and career opportunity matrix and associated curriculum and articulation agreements.

Ely, S. J. (2016, June), Teaching the Teachers: Expanding Impact of Technical Education Through Secondary Schools Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26054

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