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Two-Year College and University Collaboration in Creating Advanced Manufacturing Curricula and Programs

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Engineering Transfer Issues: Two-year College to Four-year College

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Two Year College Division

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David I. Spang Rowan College at Burlington County

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Dr. David Spang is the Sr. Vice President & Provost at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Prior to being named Sr. Vice President & Provost, Dr. Spang served as Interim President, Provost, Vice President of Academic Programs and as Dean of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology division. Dr. Spang holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a MBA degree, with a concentration in Innovation and Technology Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Spang spent nearly twenty years in R&D and business development.

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Eric Constans Rowan University

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Eric Constans is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University. His research interests include engineering education, mechanical design and acoustics and vibration.

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Edem G Tetteh Rowan College at Burlington County

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Edem G. Tetteh currently, serves as founding Dean of STEM at Rowan College at Burlington County. He was previously Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at Potomac State College of WVU. Prior to that position, he served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Paine College. He has previously held a faculty position in the Industrial and Logistics Technology (INLT) program in the Department of Technology at Virginia State University. He received his B.S. in manufacturing systems and an M.S. in industrial engineering both from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He received his Ph.D. in technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Tetteh has authored three books and several publications in the area of ergonomics and human factors, logistic and supply chain, and manufacturing productions.

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As Colleges and Universities work to align training and degree programs with the needs of high growth industries, students will benefit from clearly articulated and cost effective pathways from two-year Colleges to four-year institutions for a baccalaureate degree. These pathways, often modeled on established guided pathways approaches, must include and emphasize competencies most valued by industry, in a continuous manner throughout. The valued competencies must encompass both hard and soft skills that have been identified as necessary for success in industry. This paper details the beginning efforts of a multi-year project between a two-year College and a University to create curriculum, academic programs and career pathways resulting in meaningful employment in the Advanced Manufacturing sector. Among the Advanced Manufacturing disciplines to be considered are machining, rapid prototyping and specialty welding. Facilities focused on training students, incumbent workers, and unemployed persons in transition for these specific disciplines will also be considered. The desired competencies will be identified through close collaboration with industry partners as well as the College workforce development office and will be integrated in a comprehensive manner throughout the entire curriculum, including by presenting real-life examples of the underlying principles through an applications library. The goals of this project include identifying technical and non-technical skills needed across the curriculum, developing a real-life applications library as a resource for faculty, and creating and strengthening continuous career pathways between secondary schools, higher education institutions, and industry partners. Through these collaborative efforts, Associates/Bachelor’s Degree and stackable certificate programs will be created, supported by an Advanced Manufacturing training facility designed with input from industry leaders and educators.

Spang, D. I., & Constans, E., & Tetteh, E. G. (2017, June), Two-Year College and University Collaboration in Creating Advanced Manufacturing Curricula and Programs Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29049

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