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Reference is made to a 2016 ASEE Conference publication: Strategic Alliances May Become Key Success Factors for Enhanced Experiential Learning: A Conceptual Framework for Implementation. Building upon the successful strategic alliance formed in 2014 with the mayors of Sullivan and Washington counties in East Tennessee, a common Work Force Readiness challenge to economic development was addressed. Both mayors had received complaints from local businesses that graduating students did not possess the professional development skills required for employment and vital to the growth of existing businesses throughout the region served by our university. As part of the eight county Work Force Readiness Program Sullivan County (Tennessee) volunteered to pilot the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate which awards readiness level indicators based on performance on their WorkKeys assessment. This article deployed the framework for experiential learning cited above and extends the scope of the Work Force Readiness to Engineering Management education in K-12 schools . In partnership with Bristol Tennessee Essential Services whose economic development initiatives provided fiber optic internet to local schools, we established an engagement agreement in which we were contracted to develop an improved delivery methodology for the highly successful approach in use at Sullivan East and Sullivan Central high schools. One measure of this program’s success was realized when 16 graduating high school seniors simultaneously received their two year Associate Degrees from Northeast State Community College through their dual enrollment program. The challenge given to our cross-functional college graduate consulting team was to broaden the scope to all Career Technology Education (CTE) students throughout Sullivan County. The college graduate student team developed a hybrid software/hardware fiber optic private cloud data management network that simultaneously protects sensitive, mission-critical information and locally hosts a user-friendly workforce development on-line classroom tailored to specific opportunities for student improvement. Furthermore the scope of the effort was extended beyond CTE graduating seniors and includes the fundamentals essential for students intending to pursue the BS Engineering Degree as well. We plan beta testing as a pilot project to ensure improved work force readiness for Sullivan County graduating high school seniors’ professional development skills by December 2016 and initial pilot test program quantitative results by May 2017.
Czuchry, A. J., & Lampley, J. H., & Karnes, A. S., & Craig, L. M. (2017, June), The Development of Engineering Management Education in K-12 Schools: A Longitudinal Case Study Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28958
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