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1 COMMUNITY COLLEGE PATHWAY TO ENGINEERING CAREERS By Aco Sikoski Ivy Tech Community College – Valparaiso Campus February 27, 2009

2 Agenda 9:45am – 10:00am Pre-Engineering program at Community College Aco Sikoski ITCC Valparaiso Campus 10:00am –10:10am Pre-Engineering program at ITCC Brian West ITCC Evansville Campus 10:10am – 10:30am Pre-Engineering Transfer Agreement with Universities Dr. Kraig Olejniczak Dean, College of Engineering VU Dr. Muhammad Anan Prof. Electrical and Computer Engineering PUC Dr. Larryl Matthews Dean, College of Engineering and Technology PNC 10:30am – 10:45am Q&A Panel All speakers

3 What is Engineering? Inventing Design Develop; Manufacture; Test; … ABET defines it as: Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of a mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of the nature for the benefit of mankind.

4 Source: ABET 2008 annual meeting

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6 Organizing to Improve the Pipeline Image Community Colleges Faculty Strategies Policy

7 Image… Students do not know much about engineering (44%) Only 20% of parents have encourage their children to consider an engineering career; They do not feel confident enough in their math and science skills (21%) source: American Society for Quality

8 Image … Middle School program: Gateway To Technology High School program: Project Lead the Way The Center of Workforce Innovations, Inc: Council on Manufacturing & Engineering Competitiveness

9 Source: ABET 2008 annual meeting

10 High School First Year Electrical Community College Second Year Third Year Fourth Year MechanicalComputerCivil First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year Community College Pathway to Engineering Careers

11 Successful Transfers to Four-Year Institutions Challenges… An aggressive high school outreach program to attract qualified students to the engineering profession via community colleges and four-year educational institutions An intensive enrichment program in mathematics and science at the community college level to boost the proficiency of underprepared high school students. Engineering courses with state-of-the-art technology and education supplemented with a variety of interesting design-and- build programs to motivate students to continue the study of engineering leading to a bachelor’s degree Coordinated curricula between community colleges and four-year institutions through articulation agreements with institutions in the area.

12 Successful Partnership… mutual respect and trust between the participating institutions at all levels open, ongoing dialogue between faculties and administrators common objectives, strategies, and advertising coordinated programs and activities, including joint projects and cultural activities ongoing efforts to refine and align lower-level course offerings at the community college level visible presence of partners on each other’s campuses

13 ITCC Pre-Engineering curriculum GENERAL EDUCATION - 39 CREDITSCR CHEM105General Chemistry I5 COMM101Fundamentals of Public Speaking3 ENGL111English Composition3 IVYT1XXLife Skills Elective1 MATH211Calculus I4 MATH212Calculus II4 MATH261Multivariate Calculus4 MATH264Differential Equations3 PHYS220Mechanics5 PHYS221Heat, Electricity, and Optics5 XXXXXXXHumanities/Soc. Sci. Elective3

14 ITCC Pre-Engineering curriculum PROFESSIONAL CORE COURSES - 27 CREDITS ENGR116Geometric Modeling for Visualization2 ENGR140Engineering Software Tools I3 ENGR160Engineering Software Tools II3 ENGR190Intro to Engineering Design2 ENGR251Electrical Circuits I4 ENGR252Electrical Circuits II4 ENGR260Vector Mechanics-Statics3 ENGR261Dynamics3 XXXXXXXGE / Technical Elective3

15 ITCC Pre-Engineering Transfer Agreements: Purdue University Calumet: Fall 2006 Fall 2008 Purdue University North Central: Fall 2007 Valparaiso University: Fall 2008 University of Southern Indiana: Fall 2006 University of Evansville: Fall 2006

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22 Pre-Engineering students… “I think it is better to go to a community college for the engineering because you have the benefit to get all of your prerequisites out of the way and get an associates degree in engineering. It helps out a lot because you don't have the big class so you get more one on one time with the teacher when you need help on things.” ITCC Pre-Engineering student

23 Pre-Engineering students… “In general I have really enjoyed the program. I feel that I look at everything from a different perspective now. But it also takes away a lot of the mysteries in life, like rainbows, mirages, or even why the sky is blue. I just can't help but to look at everything from an engineer's point of view. My favorite classes were the design classes, like designing stuff using the inventor program. I also enjoyed physics and chemistry. And even the math was interesting. I did like most of the teachers I had, most of them even showed us even more than what was required by the class specifications. But most of all I enjoyed the smaller classes I had, I couldn't imagine learning calculus in a lecture hall with over a hundred students.” ITCC Pre-Engineering student

24 CC success… Itasca Community College From 1998 to 2002, 85 percent of Itasca’s 140 students in engineering and physics transferred to four-year engineering programs, the majority at the University of North Dakota. From 1999 to 2003, 110 students graduated four-year programs with A.S. degrees from Itasca; 100 (91 percent) of them either became engineers or are on track to do so..

25 Community College Pathway to Engineering Careers Q&A Panel


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