June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Two Year College Division
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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