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Tech Prep Student Activities At A Post Secondary Institution

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.436.1 - 1.436.7

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Russell A. Aubrey

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Dennis O. Owen

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Jack Beasley

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Session 2392

Tech Prep Student Activities at a Post Secondary Institution

D. Owen, R. Aubrey, J. Beasley Purdue University Programs-Anderson


National focus is turning toward keeping the American work force competitive in a global market. The transition of high school students into a university educational environment looms as a major issue in staying competitive. Tech Prep initiatives typically modify high school curriculum to meet certain state standards and facilitate articulation agreements with post secondary institutions. The ideal program should provide a seamless transition for students from high school to the university to industry.

This paper describes interactive, hands-on activities involved in a model Tech Prep collaboration currently under way at the Purdue University Programs Site in Anderson. The program began in the Fall of 1994 with twenty-two freshman students visiting the campus hi-monthly to participate in technology related activities. This fall it will continue with these twenty-two students as sophomores and thirty-seven entering freshmen. The methodology of Purdue’s participation is presented and evaluated. Specific student technology projects that were completed are described and discussed. Plans for future activities and expansion of the program are also provided.


The Indiana State Legislature has decreed that all high schools in the State of Indiana will develop and offer to their students a Tech Prep curriculum. In August, 1994, Purdue University Statewide Technology at Anderson began development of a program with Highland High School in Anderson. This program offers university level technology based experiences to the students enrolled in the Tech Prep program. Through meetings between the high school tech prep faculty and the university faculty, a series of visits to the university campus were arranged. At these visits, the high school students were given activities to complete in the areas of electronics, computer applications, mechanical engineering, and leadership. These activities were developed and implemented by the Computer Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Organizational Leadership and Supervision departments of the Anderson Statewide Technology Program, and the Mechanical Engineering Technology department of the Muncie Statewide Technology Program.


The first step in establishing any new activity is to set goals to measure success. The main goals determined by the Purdue staff and faculty were:

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Aubrey, R. A., & Owen, D. O., & Beasley, J. (1996, June), Tech Prep Student Activities At A Post Secondary Institution Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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