HI-TEC 2018 Conference - HI-TEC Workshops and Tours

HI-TEC Conference Session Descriptions

WEDNESDAY, 10:15-11:00am


Wed, 10:15-11:00am
Technical Customer Service: Soft Skills Essentials for Success
If you ask any employer about the pool of potential employees, the lack of soft skills is always mentioned. Although our graduates are being trained with technical expertise, the lack of soft skills often costs them the job interview or long-term employment. See how North Central Texas College is bridging the gap in equipping the workforce of the future with skills that are essential to long-term success in careers and life.
Susan Svane, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX; TBD



Wed, 10:15-11:00am
Nine Ways to Maximize Business Relationships and Ensure Curriculum Aligns with Workforce Needs
The National Convergence Technology Center's model for engaging employers helps programs stay current with the evolution of IT. This forward-looking approach ensures that students learn the skills required to be "workforce ready." Attendees will learn how they can use National CTC's BILT model in their programs to ensure that employers are actively engaged. This session will provide strategies for using the model, which can work with any technical discipline.
Ann Beheler, National Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX


Wed, 10:15-11:00am
College Immersion: A Unique Experience for High School Students
Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) in Iowa and the Columbia Area Career Center (CACC) in Missouri have developed a unique college immersion experience that enables students to explore career and educational opportunities in photonics. IHCC hosts CACC students annually for an overnight stay and exposure to the college experience. CACC students work with IHCC students on laboratory activities, tour the IHCC campus, learn about opportunities provided via the IHCC laser club, and share meals with college students majoring in lasers and optics. Participants will learn how this activity benefits both educational institutions and employers.
Greg Kepner, Midwest Photonics Education Center, Ottumwa, IA



Wed, 10:15-11:00am
The Cyber Physical Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0, and New Technician Skill Sets
Everything is happening at high speed because today’s Cyber Physical Industrial Revolution is changing the way we live, work, communicate, and travel. Automation is happening everywhere—manufacturing, banking, service and distribution, healthcare, entertainment, and more. Internet high-speed fiber optic connectivity, cloud computing, 5G cellular communications, WiFI, and smart devices with embedded computing systems have fueled this revolution. This presentation will provide an overview of the technical workforce skills needed for Industry 4.0 and provide suggestions on how to embed them in existing programs.
Chrys Panayiotou, LASER-TEC, Fort Pierce, FL


Wed, 10:15-11:00am
Design, Build, and Test Arduino Modules Using NI Software and Discovery-Based Learning for MEMS
This presentation will describe the process steps used by students to develop custom Arduino-based data acquisition modules using National Instruments’ Multisim, Ultiboard, and LabView software in support of MEMS education. The overall goal was to provide an opportunity for students to “discover” solutions based on experimentation and research. Direction was provided as necessary, but students were allowed to make mistakes so that the lessons learned would make more of an impression. Parts, equipment, tools, and software were all provided, but students were responsible for the product development.
Barbara Lopez, Support Center for Microsystems Education, Albuquerque, NM; Andrew Bell, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN; Matthias Pleil, Support Center for Microsystems Education, Albuquerque, NM



Wed 10:15am-11:00am
Utilizing Geospatial Technology to Map Student Demographics and Prediction of Success
This session will show attendees how to use geospatial technology in the process of predicting student success. Data points will include information from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau along with indicators such as first-time college, GPA, high school attended, and credit hours earned. The process is useful because it reveals geographical areas that are in need of intervention.
Vincent DiNoto, National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, Louisville, KY


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Mechanisms to Demonstrate Impact of Your Project or Program: Did They Do Better?
One of the biggest challenges when we have a new class or program or project is conveying the impact. Did students do better? Was industry happier with our graduates? Did anything we did really make a difference? In this session we will look closely at evaluation approaches that include performance task assessment and skill demonstrations to help us identify the outcomes that matter. It makes no difference if you are in biotech, nanotech, cyber or advanced manufacturing; these are the challenges we all face.
Michael Lesiecki, Luka Partners LLC, Phoenix, AZ; Emma Perk, EvaluATE, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


Wed, 10:15-11:00am
Working Technicians Tell Their Stories
This session will provide an opportunity for working technicians to share their experiences about attending community and technical college programs that prepared them for their positions. Technicians will speak from a “fishbowl” setting with the audience observing. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions and will learn the “fishbowl technique,” which is frequently used in industry.
Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link National ATE Center, San Francisco, CA; Terryll Bailey, The Allison Group, Seattle, WA

WEDNESDAY, 11:15-Noon


Wed, 11:15-Noon
Project "Good to Go": Teaching Student Veterans with Hearing Loss
Veterans transitioning from military service to community college bring diverse experiences to the classroom. Some of those experiences are assets, others are barriers to success. Hearing loss, a commonly overlooked disability in the veteran population, is a barrier that can significantly impact student learning. The presenters will discuss the findings of focus groups and surveys of hearing-impaired student veterans, for the purpose of providing insight into their unique education needs. The Project “Good to Go” Top Ten List is an essential starting point in understanding the needs of these students and creating an environment that is conducive to their learning style and assists in the transition process.
Donna Lange, DeafTEC, Rochester, NY; Terence Nelson, Mike Sauter, DeafTEC, Mission Viejo, CA; Hira Paulin, DeafTEC, McHenry, IL


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Coming Soon to a Company Near You
A panel of industry partners will share how Industry 4.0, IoT, and Big Data have impacted their companies and how they work. The panel will also share their vision of the future of work for the technical workforce in their industry sectors and what educators should be bringing to classrooms now.
Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE); Lauren Elizabeth Von Steuben, Siemens, Berlin, Germany; Tampa, FL; Jason Everett, Amatrol, Jeffersonville, IN; Mariano Cararras, SMC International Training, Vitoria, Spain


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Developing a Digital Badge System to Engage and Reward Students for Exploring Manufacturing Careers
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota has created a digital pathway that engages students and draws them deeper into manufacturing career exploration, all while learning and earning. Students who earn all six medals are eligible for a 360 eTECH scholarship valued at $4,000. The session explores these pathways, which allow students to earn digital badges while they learn about manufacturing and embark on activities such as robotics competitions, summer camps, college campus visits, and tours of manufacturing facilities.
Jaimee Meyer, Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence | ATE Regional Center, Bemidji, MN


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Virtualization in Online Classes
Presenters will discuss how to use virtual machines with Virtual Box and VMWare in online classes so that all students have consistent settings and are able to get hands-on experience working with different operating systems without interfering with or damaging their own operating systems. This allows students to get experience with the actual operating systems, not simulators, and use their personal machines at home or in the workplace.
Dwight Watt, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rock Spring, GA


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Web-Based Live-Streaming Approach for Impactful and Cost-Effective Professional Development
Traditional onsite professional development (PD) can be cost-prohibitive for educators because of travel and logistics. These constraints often exclude programs with limited budgets. Online courses and workshops are being used to bridge this gap. The NSF ATE Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership (NPDP) has developed live-stream real-time workshops designed to take distance technology PD to the next level of effectiveness. Learn how to integrate hands-on activities into distance PD. The results and lessons learned for the spring 2018 pilot NPDP workshop offerings (12 days) will be shared.
Dwaine Davis, Forsyth Tech, Winston Salem, NC; Anthony Dalessio, Erie Community College, Williamsville, NY; Robert Ehrmann, Osama Awadelkarim, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Center (NACK), University Park, PA: Barry Bates, Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta GA; Sam Agdasi, Ivy Tec Community College, South Bend, IN; Jared Ashcroft, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA


Wed 11:15am-Noon
Advancing Cybersecurity Workforce Development: Opportunities for Women and Minorities
The presenter will focus on how public, private, and non-profit organizations can partner in providing cybersecurity education and employment opportunities to women and minorities in their local communities and nationwide.
Nancy Limauro, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arlington, VA


Wed, 10:15-11:00am
Establish and Grow a Biomedical Engineering Technology Program
Called "one of the 5 best jobs you’ve never heard of," biomedical equipment technology offers great employment opportunities. Interested in starting or growing a biomedical engineering technology program at your school? Learn about synthesized best practices from the Community College of Philadelphia and St. Petersburg College in Florida. Attendees will learn what biomedical engineering technology is, who typically hires these students, how to engage industry, how to structure your program, and how to recruit students. Topics will also include workforce diversity, job placement, and industry feedback.
Brian Bell, Lara Sharp, Saint Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL; Randy Libros, Community College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


WEDNESDAY, 1:15-2:00pm


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
Lorain County Community College’s Society of Women Engineers Collaborates with the U.S. Army
Collaboration between the Society of Women Engineers at Lorain County Community College and the U.S. Army is opening avenues for students while improving the overall socioeconomic development of the county. The presenters will discuss details of the partnership and how it is providing opportunities for students to explore majors and career options. Learn about the collaboration’s efforts to extend a helping hand to students and the community. Explore the impact of STEM on all careers and the collaborative opportunities that partnership offers to educators.
Ramona Anand, Arshiya Anand, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH


Wed 1:15-2:00pm (Continued at 2:15)
NSF ATE Grant Funding: ATE Information and the Mentor-Connect Helping Hand
Whether you are seeking funding after seven years or for the first time ever, or you are seeking to scale-up your project proposal, the NSF-funded Mentor-Connect project can help you prepare a competitive proposal. Participants will learn from NSF’s lead ATE program officer about available funding. Mentor-Connect provides free mentoring and technical assistance with proposal preparation and leadership development. The 2017 funding rate for proposals by Mentor-Connect colleges was 80 percent, and more than 67 percent of the 101 colleges participating since 2012 have received award development.
Elaine Craft, SC ATE, Florence, SC; V. Celeste Carter, NSF, Alexandria, VA


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
Skilled Trades by the Numbers: Using Quantitative Data to Train Welders More Efficiently
The demand for skilled tradespeople, such as welders, is at an all-time high. While industry is starved for talent, community colleges suffer from a lack of funding and resources. This session will demonstrate how the welding faculty at Columbus State Community College, in collaboration with Lincoln Electric, used the latest in movement-tracking technology to innovate the manner in which welders are trained. As other disciplines are moving to online and distance learning, the skilled trades are being left behind. This innovation in welding pedagogy enables welders to train remotely, making efficient use of resources while preserving the "hands-on" nature of instruction.
Scott Laslo, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH; Jason Scales, The Lincoln Electric Company, Columbus, OH


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
Forge Data Science Skills with Dell EMC and NDG NETLAB+
Data scientists earned on average $128,240 in 2016. And thanks to the boom in all things data and big data, demand for this skill isn’t going away any time soon. Jobs for data scientists are expected to rise 16 percent through 2024. There is a BIG need to develop these skill sets, and Dell EMC can help you prepare students to become contributors on data scientist teams through our Dell EMC External Research & Academic Alliances Education Program.
Kim Yohannan, Palo Alto Networks, Franklin, MA; Rich Weeks, Network Development Group (NDG), Research Triangle Park, NC


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
NEATEC Learning Module Use and Impact
A NEATEC learning module is a self-contained unit that can supplement and enhance existing grade 7-12 science, math, and technology lessons. These modules are in use at schools throughout the NEATEC coverage area. Each module includes background information about the topic, teacher and student guides, a kit of lab materials for laboratory activities, a list of additional resources, and a PowerPoint presentation. This session will focus on module impact inside and outside the classroom and how others can use the modules to generate interest in study and/or employment in the field of nanotechnology.
Mary Ann Nickloy, Kelly Fahrenkopf, NEATEC, Albany, NY


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
Using Undergraduate Research as a Student Recruitment Tool for Biotechnology Programs
One of the goals of the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center is to embed undergraduate research (UGR) into feeder courses for biotechnology programs for the purpose of recruiting students. The panel will discuss “best practices,” the pros and cons of UGR programs, and barriers that must be overcome.
Bridgette Kirkpatrick, John Hatherill, Daisy Zhang, Carole Twichell, AC2, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
Successful Models for Building Career Pathways for the Cybersecurity Industry
The cybersecurity industry has experienced tremendous growth across the nation. Because of high-profile data breaches and attacks, organizations large and small have been forced to react to the changing threat. The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) has just completed a yearlong national study of career pathways related to cybersecurity. This session will share the data collected, the results of data analysis, and proposed models and best practices. The session will also provide detailed information about career pathways for cybersecurity programs.
John Sands, Chuck Bales, CSSIA, Palos Hills, IL


Wed 1:15-2:00pm
What’s in It for Them: Building Relationships with Industry Partnerships
Successful industry partnerships are a crucial ingredient for robust, relevant technical workforce programs, yet many of us struggle with initiating and sustaining those partnerships. Join us for a quick overview of the eight partnership models identified by the Working Partners research project and the models’ primary challenges and impacts. Also hear from experienced educators on how best to approach, sell, and maintain meaningful relationships with our industry peers. Audience questions and contributions will be encouraged.
Mary Slowinski, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA; Ann Beheler, Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX; Rachael Bower, Working Partners Research Project, Madison, WI; Kevin Cooper, RCNET, Fort Pierce, FL; Michelle Norgren, VESTA, Springfield, MO

WEDNESDAY, 2:15-3:00pm


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Redesigning Math for Technical Students
Math is often a barrier to entry into technician programs across the ATE spectrum, especially among minorities and low socioeconomic groups. Although members of those groups often possess the technical aptitude required in the field, numeracy deficiencies frequently lead to underrepresentation in technical programs and the workforce. RCNET will discuss a novel approach to overcoming the math barrier for underserved populations and increasing retention through targeted follow-up efforts.
Kevin Cooper, Jo Ann Balsamo, Regional Center for Nuclear Education & Training (RCNET), Fort Pierce, FL


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Successful Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Underserved Students and Proving the Strategies Work
Administrative decision makers are inclined to sustain and institutionalize grant-funded diversity initiatives only if they see concrete evidence that the cost of new programs will translate into increased diversity in enrollment. The National CTC worked with nine colleges on recruitment and retention strategies, focusing on the collection of metrics that prove their effectiveness. The evidence produced supports requests for institutional funding to continue the initiatives. A panel of faculty and staff members will discuss their challenges and successes. Attendees will learn strategies for improving diversity and program enrollment long-term while ensuring collection of evidence.
Ann Beheler, National Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) SPIE Student Chapter Outreach and Retention Success
Two major worries of every “high-tech” community college degree program are “filling seats” and “losing students.” CCCC has a very active professional society student chapter that is making a positive difference in attracting and keeping students in the laser program. Every year the chapter conducts two major public outreach events: a fall high school science fair and a spring event highlighting students who have landed high-paying jobs. Other meetings remind first-year students what they are working to achieve. CCCC will share how they achieved success with their student chapter, helping to fill seats and retain students.
Gary Beasley, Isabelle Karis, Cameron Wiedholz, LASER-TEC, Lillington, NC


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Utilizing Virtual Reality for Advanced Technological Education
The Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES) has partnered with two-year colleges in South Carolina and other state and local agencies to create and disseminate digital curriculum designed to support technician education and workforce training programs. The presenter will discuss integration of virtual reality (VR) into CA2VES's online learning platform, EducateWorkforce™. The session will provide examples of the center’s successful partnerships and will explore the value of adding VR content to its programs. Participants will learn more about developing, integrating, and evaluating VR, as well as best practices that can be followed in creating partnerships in other states.
Jeff Bertrand, Rebecca Hartley, Kapil Chalil Madathil, CA2VES, Clemson, SC


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
How Li-Fi Network Technologies Will Change Our Lives
This session explores how network connectivity as we know it is evolving through Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) technology and products. The current spectrum is having to accommodate more and more users. The number of connected devices is forecasted to increase to 20 billion IoT devices by 2020. Future network growth is reliant on emerging technologies that enable the connectivity demands of tomorrow. Li-Fi technology can utilize the spectrum more than 1000 times greater than the spectrum utilized for radio frequencies. Li-Fi has the capacity to enable unprecedented data and bandwidth for the future.
JB Groves, Wharton County Junior College, Richmond, TX


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Emerging Trends in Supply Chain Automation
This session will provide attendees with state-of-the-art information about emerging trends in the field of supply chain automation. The information will serve to ensure the relevance of programs and curriculum in preparing students for careers in automated warehousing and distribution.
Colleen Molko, National Center for Supply Chain Automation, Norco, CA


Wed 2:15-3:00pm
Outreach Strategies for Broadening Impact and Participation
Join a group of ATE community experts and learn about resources, tools, pathways, and strategies that will help you share your work, consider potential audiences, and broaden your impact. Whether you're considering applying for an ATE grant or are a seasoned expert, this session will help you discover new and interesting ways to plan for outreach. Panelists from ATE projects and centers that offer resources and support for educators and staff will lead roundtable discussions and share resources and tools for managing, disseminating, and getting the word out about your valuable resources and activities. Participants will choose from four roundtables. Topics will include newsletters, publications, teaching technicians.org, Twitter, Facebook, videos, webinars, outreach planning, and more.
Rachael Bower, ATE Central, Madison, WI; Rick Roberts, SC Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (SC ATE), Florence, SC; Anthony Manupelli, Pellet Productions, Reading, MA; Mary Slowinski, Working Partners Research Project, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA; Marilyn Barger, FLATE, Tampa, FL; Mike Lesiecki, Luka Partners, Phoenix, AZ; Emma Perk, EvaluATE, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

WEDNESDAY, 3:45-4:30pm


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Creating One-Page Reports
One-page evaluation reports are a great way to provide a snapshot of a project’s activities and impact to stakeholders such as advisory groups, college administrators, and NSF program officers. Summarizing key evaluation facts in a format that is easily and quickly digestible engages the busy reader and can make your project stand out. Although traditional, long-form evaluation reports are still an excellent way to distribute evaluation results, one-page reports increase the engagement, understanding, and use of evaluation for both the current grant and leveraging findings with potential follow-up grants.
Emma Perk, Lyssa Wilson Becho, EvaluATE, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Preparing Military Personnel for Civilian Technical Positions Pre-Separation
This panel discussion will focus on best practices in promoting high-tech careers to active duty military personnel who are preparing to leave service and join the civilian workforce. Four ATE center panelists have developed curricula designed to prepare workers for high-demand technician positions in aerospace, supply chain automation, micro/nanofabrication, and semiconductor/semiconductor derivative industries. All of these industries have one thing in common: They require a skilled workforce and they want to hire veterans. An Army Transition Assistance Program Manager will provide strategies for accessing military installations to provide career skills training.
Kate Alcott, NEATEC, Albany, NY; Robert Ehrmann, NACK, University Park, PA; Ned Young, Center for Supply Chain Automation, Dayton, OH; Steve Kane, SpaceTEC, Cape Canaveral, FL


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Model of the Future: Backyard Strategy for Addressing the Skills Gap
TX FAME is a collaborative of manufacturers, educators, and workforce and economic development personnel who jointly developed and launched an earn-and-learn model designed to address future pipeline needs of technical workers. TX FAME’s purpose is to implement dual-track (apprenticeship plus study) education that will produce the highly skilled workers needed in today’s advanced manufacturing.
Mary Batch, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, San Antonio, TX; Pooja Tripathi, Workforce Services at Bexar County Economic Development, San Antonio, TX


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Student Engagement Through Active Learning Strategies
Have you heard about active learning? Do you want to know more about strategies that encourage student participation in your classroom? The presenters will discuss the flipped classroom, project-based learning, and other strategies for engaging students. The presenters will provide examples used in their own classrooms, show how they were developed, and share successes. Attendees will leave with tips and free resources that will help them implement active-learning strategies in their classes.
Jim Sullivan, Pamela Silvers, Amanda Whitt, Rachael Tipton, Skilled Workers Get Jobs 2.0: Appalachian Impact, Asheville, NC


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Increasing the Impact of Your Technology Program Through a Mini Maker Faire
Mini Maker Faires are community events that benefit both attendees and exhibitors. The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) and the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technologies for Energy & Sustainability Program (MET2) have produced three Mini Maker Faires (2015, 2016, and 2017) that informed over 3800 attendees about STEM topics as well as STEM programs that are available at community colleges. This session will focus on the logistics of Mini Maker Faires and their impacts and will present summative data collected from post-surveys distributed to attendees and presenters.
Karen Wosczyna-Birch, John Birch, RCNGM, Farmington, CT; Wendy Robicheau, RCNGM, Hartford, CT; Eric Flynn, Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Learning and Measuring Real-Life Cybersecurity Skills Through Cyber Leagues
Cybersecurity competitions have emerged as one of the fastest-growing vehicles for bringing together intellectual capabilities and real-life (RL) learning. That’s because those competitions use team play to ramp up RL interaction and cooperation. It doesn’t hurt that they are also fun and tend to lead to job opportunities. The presenters will discuss the value of making the same commitment to cybersecurity leagues as to athletics. Today students can play in cybersecurity leagues from 6th grade to the professional level, providing a game changer in cybersecurity workforce development.
Dan Manson, CyberWatch West, Pomona, CA; Stephen Miller, CyberWatch West, Ruidoso, NM


Wed 3:45-4:30pm
Tesla START: Community College Partnership Overview
Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla designs, manufactures, sells, and services the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store, and consume energy entirely sustainably. Tesla START is an aggressive approach to training technicians at community colleges who have already entered the world of electric drive vehicle training and/or residential solar systems. This is a partnership. Many of the selected colleges are NSF ATE project grant recipients.
Steve Levin, Columbus State Community College, OH; Dave Favre, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC; Nana Danso, TeslaSTART, Matthews, NC; John Frala, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA; Ken Mays, NEVTEX, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR

THURSDAY, 8:15-9:00am


Thur 8:15-9:00am
Providing Services and Spaces: The Nuts and Bolts of CSOs, CMOs, and Incubators
Looking to leverage regional employer needs while enhancing student success? Campus-based incubators, contract service organizations (CSO), and contract manufacturing organizations (CMO) make use of campus facilities and skilled student labor to benefit all involved, including the regional economy. Join us to learn how colleges are providing students with real-world work experience by making available services and/or spaces for regional companies and institutions; how they have made this happen; and the impacts on students, the college, and the regional economy. While this panel will focus on bioscience, these models are being employed across disciplines. Audience questions will be encouraged.
Mary Slowinski, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Austin, TX; Abbe Kesterson, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Lexington, KY; Betsy Boedeker, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO; Louise Petruzzella, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA; Mary Nelson, Salt Lake City Community College, West Jordan, UT


Thur 8:15-9:00am
How to Increase Faculty Success for Free
A SkillsCommons team from several colleges collaborated to develop training designed to upskill industry professionals transitioning to teaching. Evidence of effectiveness can be seen in retention from one semester to the next among the industry experts who have completed 50 percent of the modules. Attendees will explore key topics in faculty development that support industry personnel as they enter secondary and postsecondary teaching. Attendees will also be given a link to free resources that will help them launch their own programs.
Jenn Gutierrez, CSU MERLOT-SkillsCommons, Long Beach, CA; Karen Cowell, MERLOT-SkillsCommons, Charlotte, NC


Thur 8:15-9:00am
MEMS Foundations Topics and Certification for Instructors and Students
This session will provide an overview of the content and requirements of the new MEMS Foundations Certification program created by the Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) in conjunction with the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). SCME provides online training and access to microtechnology application-based STEM curricula. SCME and ATMAE are collaborating to provide a certification for instructors and students who complete the nine online MEMS Foundations courses and pass the ATMAE certification exam. Participants will receive a tour and access to the online course content and details on how to obtain badges and certification.
Barbara Lopez, Matthias Pleil, Shamiso Olive Chirenda, Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), Albuquerque, NM


Thur 8:15-9:00am
Teaching Cybersecurity Across the Disciplines with a Focus on Women and Minorities
Cybersecurity has become a prevalent topic in many colleges, but how it should fit into the overall educational process is still not fully understood. A cybersecurity project at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC), funded by the NSF ATE program, spans multiple disciplines and targets women and minorities. The goal of this project is to ensure that a broad audience of faculty, students, and practitioners receive training in the fundamentals of cybersecurity.
Debasis Bhattacharya, Lorraine Osako, University of Hawaii Maui College, Kahului, HI; Karina Bhattacharya, University of Houston, Houston, TX


Thur 8:15-9:00am
Needs Are in the Driver Seat When Broadening Education, Access, and Momentum in Building Automation
Come learn how Valencia College is addressing the needs of the building automation systems direct digital controls industry, our community, Florida’s educational programs, and the underrepresented student population. This is being carried out through the development of a new AS degree in energy management and controls technology (EMCT), thanks to our NSF ATE proposal 1601403. Our work’s evidence of success thus far is that the successful completion of a DACUM with our industry partners then became our curriculum framework’s foundation that led to the Department of Education authorizing Valencia to offer an EMCT AS degree - the first of its kind in Florida.
Deb Hall, Lisa Macon, Valencia College, Orlando, FL


Thur 8:15-9:00am
Interactive Learning: Examples, Available Content, and Opportunities to Create Your Own
This project (E-MATE 2) focuses on building interactive content in STEM disciplines to better engage today’s students. The presenter will demonstrate examples of content created in a variety of disciples, including environmental science, chemistry, physics, and networking/cybersecurity, and will share evaluation data and student feedback on the content. Participants will be able to take content back to their colleges to share with colleagues and use with their students, and become beta-testers who provide feedback on future content. The session will include a preview of upcoming opportunities for attendees to learn how to create their own interactive content.
Mike Qaissaunee, E-MATE 2.0: Building Capacity for Interactive Teaching and Learning, Lincroft, NJ


THURSDAY, 9:15-10:00am


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
Solving the Software Development Pipeline Crisis: Using Apprenticeships to Develop IT Talent
It is estimated that by 2020 over 1.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled because of the shortage of skills. The presenters will describe a proven employer-led dual-model apprenticeship designed to help apprentices acquire skill in developing software that is secure from cyberattacks. Apprentices graduate with an AAS degree in secure software development while being mentored on the job to acquire competencies aligned with NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Graduates possess the DoL Registered Apprenticeship credential and industry-recognized certificates such as CSSLP and are readily employable. This approach is scalable for national implementation.
Girish Seshagiri, Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc., Peoria, IL


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
It Takes a Village: A Cohort-Based Model for Recruiting, Retaining, and Employing Students in Advanced Manufacturing
This session will provide a detailed case study of a cohort-based model in advanced manufacturing at Southwestern Virginia Community College. The model incorporates six months of intensive training in advanced manufacturing (specifically welding, carpentry, CNC/precision machining, and mechatronics), career and program coaching, and employer involvement. The presenter will introduce the model in detail, discuss implementation successes and challenges, review academic and employment outcomes for students, and discuss how this model could be implemented at other community colleges.
Mary Styers, Magnolia Consulting, LLC, Charlottesville, VA


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
Bringing Employability Skills into a Dual-Enrollment Cybersecurity Program
Employability skills are critical for individual and organizational success. This workshop will explore the focus on employability skills in a cybersecurity program that serves dual-enrollment students, including students in a DOL registered apprenticeship. Attendees will learn about the unique research-based tools and strategies used in the program, along with how the program collaborates with industry. Presenters will also share insights about the challenges and successes of development and implementation. Participants will leave with practical ideas to embed research-based tools into their programs and connecting skills to program content and the workplace.
Stephanie Oppel, The Robert D. and Billy Ray Center at Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Sam Oppel, Des Moines Public Schools Central Campus, Des Moines, IA;


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
Two-Tier Vacuum Technology Learning System for Semiconductor and Nanotech Manufacturing Tech Training
This three-part program consists of (1) an overview of the vacuum technology skills required of technicians in the nanotech and semiconductor industries and the resultant design of a two-tier vacuum technology learning system suitable for community college and technical high-school curricula as well as for incumbent worker training; (2) an overview (including live demo) of the assembled vacuum trainers and the vacuum technology content and lab activities involved in using the trainers; and (3) a review of the initial implementation of this system with community college students, high school students, and incumbent semiconductor technicians.
Abraham Michelen, Robert Decker, Stephen Stewart, Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC), Albany, NY


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
Establishing Camps to Strengthen Career Pathways and Minimize the Gender Gap
Research shows that programming and coding skills provide a great foundation for students interested in STEM careers This session will share opportunities to secure grant funding to run K-12 summer camps that expose students to programming and coding and associated STEM careers. These camps, supported by a federal grant program in the cybersecurity sector, specifically target minorities and females (who currently hold only about one-fifth of computing jobs). The session will share the experiences, successes, and challenges associated with those camps as well as information about a recent partnership with Girls Who Code (https://girlswhocode.com/).
Michelle August, Justin Valentino, Kevin Vaccaro, CSSIA, Palos Hills, IL


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
Strategies for Partnering with Industry to Cost Effectively Co-Locate a Successful ATE Symposium
The National Center for Supply Chain Automation (SCA) recently partnered with a leading industry association to co-locate its first symposium at the association’s annual conference. Learn how SCA developed and forged the partnership, garnered financial support, recruited participants, overcame challenges, and then collaborated with partners to create, plan, execute, and host a co-located symposium. Learning outcomes will include tools, resources, and ideas for how center leaders can cost-effectively co-locate an ATE symposium and work with industry partners to share resources, offset expenses, and develop relevant content. Takeaways will include a partnership MOU, a collaborative symposium program, and a project-related white paper.
Steve Harrington, Colleen Molko, National Center for Supply Chain Automation, Norco, CA


Thur 9:15am-10:00am
The Basics of Crosswalking Military Experience to Credit
To increase the number of veterans entering the maritime workforce, the NSF ATE SMART Center and its affiliates have been working on creating crosswalks between military experience and academic credit. During this session, representatives of the SMART Center will share their experiences with this process as well as best practices and documentation strategies for creating military-to-credit crosswalks that can be implemented at other institutions.
Jennifer Palestrant, Sarah Janes, Carla Bell-Thompson, The SMART Center, Virginia Beach, VA

THURSDAY, 10:30-11:15 A.M.


Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Evolution of a Program Capstone: From Project to Product
Capstone courses are intended to represent the culmination of students’ learning. However, most students graduate with stories of an incomplete capstone experience. The WCTC Web/Software program addressed this challenge by evolving our capstone class from a simulation-based course to service-learning projects for non-profit organizations to a product-based course for campus departments. This approach positively impacts more than just the students in the program. Join us in discussing the development of an engaging capstone experience that enables students to share great stories for years to come.
Drew Kjell, Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI


Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Building the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors: Through Cyber Range Activities and Competitions
Members of a panel representing three states will discuss their experiences with cyber ranges and the improvements these ranges provide for student learning. Cyber ranges provide education/training programs in an ideal environment for experiential learning. Whether the range is represented as an air-gapped/isolated classroom or a networked virtual environment, students can take advantage of affordable, experiential, and repeatable learning events. The efficacy of this approach has been described in papers published by IEEE and ASEE. Using cyber ranges, students get more affordable and maintainable hands-on education.
Larry McWherter, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH; Luis Valdes, Florida Center for Cyber Security, Tampa, FL; Joe Adams, Merit Network, Ann Arbor, MI


Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Educating Technicians in Energy Efficiency
Educating technicians in energy efficiency is the focus of the design and implementation of curriculum developed for natural gas engines. The presenters will discuss the addition of Siemens PLCs to existing programs in diesel and heavy equipment and industrial electronics. This session will explore the associated cross curriculum between the two programs’ courses and outcomes of the addition of Siemens PLCs to the curriculum.
Allen Teel, Eddie Spann, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Andalusia, AL


Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Building Partnerships with High Schools: Experiences from Two Colleges
Attendees will learn about the efforts at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) to build connections between secondary and postsecondary CTE instruction. PVCC, which has offered weekly training sessions for secondary teachers on integration of advanced manufacturing education into CTE courses, will share strategies for developing secondary and postsecondary problem-based learning (PBL) modules. A-B Tech will share activities used to engage secondary personnel at its annual Innovative Expo, a summer program that has been offered since 2012. Strategies for enhancing recruitment and engagement of attendees will be presented.
Hunter Moore, Eric Bredder, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA; Pamela Silvers, Amanda Whitt, Rachael Tipton, Jim Sullivan, Skilled Workers Get Jobs 2.0: Appalachian Impact, Asheville, NC



Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and LASER-TEC Veteran Outreach
With today’s “high-tech military,” veterans’ military experiences often align with community college technical programs. CCCC and LASER-TEC have tried several veteran-recruitment strategies, producing only marginal success. Attracting these prospective students is a challenge! This session will explore the challenges and share ideas developed by a student veteran for reaching other veterans transitioning out of the military.
Gary Beasley, Matthew Zannini, LASER-TEC, Central Carolina Community College, Lillington, NC


Thurs 10:30-11:15am
Bringing Data Analytics and Data Visualization Into Your Classroom
Creating a culture of data-driven intelligence has changed how businesses operate today. Demand has grown for the data analytics and visualization skills that are used to interpret and present data. To help our students see value in attaining these skills, we must offer compelling lessons that clarify the topics and establish confidence in using the related tools and techniques. Attendees will be introduced to the topics of data analytics and visualization and will participate in hands-on lessons that can be used in introducing data analytics and visualization in the classroom.
Bruce Caraway, CTC, Lone Star College, Houston, TX; Rajiv Malkan, CTC, Lone Star College, Conroe, TX

THURSDAY, 11:30am-12:15pm


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
Promising Solutions for the Challenges Facing STEM Education in Rural Arizona
With the support of a new administration and the intervention of Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), Central Arizona College (CAC) is addressing the challenges facing STEM education in rural Arizona. Attendees will learn how CAC is participating in regional collaborations that maximize college resources and address common challenges and forming a diverse and active STEM planning team that leads to innovation and competitive proposal development. Participants will leave with best practices and processes that they can use to begin their journey toward long-term success.
Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, Science Foundation Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ; Jeffrey Bunkelmann, Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
An Accelerated Path to the Workforce
Attendees will learn about the accelerated eight-week course schedule used in Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s manufacturing program. We will discuss the difficulties we faced with the traditional 16-week course schedule and why we switched to an eight-week schedule for our technical and manufacturing course. The benefits and pitfalls associated with running courses for only eight weeks will be discussed. Participants will receive a checklist of points to consider when considering changes in course length. Our project is supported by the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing and the National Science Foundation grant Award# 1400570.
Sharon Gusky, Douglas Mooney, Northwestern CT Community College, Winsted, CT


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
Low-Cost Manufacturing Trainer for High School Engineering and Mechatronics Programs
This session will present the background and accompanying curriculum for a low-cost manufacturing trainer appropriate for high school advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering programs. The core idea is to foster cost-effective, challenging opportunities for high school students so they can develop an interest in advanced manufacturing career clusters. Participants will see the working model and will receive construction plans and the accompanying curriculum.
Alan Zube, Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL; Mike Tanner, Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
Enhancing Photonics and Electronics Course Capabilities With Free Online Simulation Tools
Today’s online simulations offer more than just another classroom curiosity. Such tools offer many benefits to programs once you learn the secret of using them effectively as virtual labs, virtual demonstrations, and online assignments. Attendees should bring their own laptops.
Dorian McIntire, Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, SC


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
A Case for Identity Access Management (IAM) in Higher Education Curriculum
The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that the percentage of hacking-related breaches involving identity theft reached 81 percent in 2017, up from 63 percent in 2016, effectively putting identity theft front and center as the preferred tactic used by attackers. This session will explore the case for including identity access management (IAM) in higher education. Topics will include: Partnering with business community to develop curriculum, IAM career opportunities, and security challenges and opportunities stemming from delivery of identities to the cloud.
Israel Emmanuel, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN


Thurs 11:30am-12:15pm
An Assembly Language Simulator to Illustrate Computer Architecture Design
Teaching assembly language without a simulator is like teaching students to write music without musical instruments. To learn properly, students must write code, execute it, fix problems, and test again. The presenters will discuss a system that simulates the execution of assembly language programs and has a range of other educational features. Attendees will hear how they can immediately employ it in their educational environments and will also be encouraged to investigate similar technical solutions to teaching problems.
Marwan Shaban, Adam Rocke, Seminole State College, Sanford, FL

Thursday, 1:45-2:30pm


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Workforce Diversity, STEM, and Evidence of Success: Project Outcomes and an Anecdotal Report
This collaborative session will focus on the outcomes of workforce diversity and STEM training programs. Attendees will learn strategies, best practices, and challenges faced in training, tracking, and analyzing employment information from diverse student groups, including traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, veterans and non-traditional adult learners in targeted STEM programs. An innovative and successful new STEM diversity initiative will be highlighted, as will one student leader’s perspective on her journey as a minority student in engineering. The presenters will discuss lessons learned and provide examples of effective outreach efforts focused on underrepresented student groups.
Debra Mikulka, Washburn University, Topeka, KS; Ramona Anand, Arshiya Anand Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH; Christa Smith, Washburn University, Topeka, KS


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Do We Need a Grand Unified Theory of Workforce Development for High-Tech Ecosystems?
Our adaptable framework has placed 55+ co-op students at high-tech businesses across the regional high-tech ecosystem. Our use of a visual software, LabVIEW, eases the pathway for mathematics and physics, resulting in a completion rate of 75 percent and a job placement rate over 90 percent. The estimated cumulative economic impact of our program is $25M. The presenters will discuss how their model can serve as a framework for developing the technical workforce crucial for manufacturing ranging from nano to mega scales and can also help prepare the workforce needed for the emerging cyber physical industries targeted by six institutes of Manufacturing USA.
Sam Samanta, Finger Lakes Community College, Victor, NY


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Alignment, Endorsement, and Micro-Credentials: A Value-Added Proposition
Micro-credentials as a tool for marking and acknowledging the acquisition of skills by students is a current and evolving strategy. In this session we will explore the importance of aligning the micro-credential with other standards both national and local. We will discuss the meanings of endorsement in this context, from the endorsement of employers to the endorsement of qualified instructors. We will consider the value of the transparency of the alignments and endorsements for the recipient of the micro-credential as well as those who have the credential presented to them. Open badges will be the example credentialing tool.
Bruce Emerson, Central Oregon Community College, Redmond, OR


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Practical and Cost-Efficient Nano/Microfabrication-Related Experiments to Conduct Outside the Cleanroom
Hands-on laboratory experiments are a crucial contributor to student education and engagement in the growing field of nanotechnology. Printing technology provides a new, simpler fabrication process that is well suited for use in a laboratory classroom setting. This session will focus on size and scale study using nanoparticles and the application of silver nanoparticles, graphene, and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) in fabricating electronic components. The results will then be discussed, as well as the viability of using nanomaterial and inkjet printing in conducting in-class laboratory experiments without the use of a cleanroom.
Reza Kamali, Paul Weber, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems: Evaluation and Recommendations
Connecting industrial control systems (ICS) to the Internet for monitoring and control increasingly exposes these critical devices to security threats. This presentation will cover alternatives to connecting ICS, focusing on infrastructure and security. The presentation will also cover current protocols used, pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of each. Real cases of hacked ICS will be discussed, and recommended security precautions will be presented. A Wireshark security analysis of captured date from different ICS devices will also be discussed.
Rafat Elsharef, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Oak Creek, WI


Thurs 1:45-2:30pm
Lessons Learned as We Implement Our New Mobile App Development Program
In the fall semester of 2016, we accepted our first class of students into a new AAS-level mobile app development program focusing on cross-platform development. The benefits of selecting Microsoft’s Xamarin platform for mobile development were recognized early in the program, but as with the development and implementation of any new program, challenges have been encountered. During this presentation we will provide an overview of our program, share benefits we have recognized, and discuss challenges we have faced and how we are overcoming them.
Brian Trager, DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

THURSDAY, 2:45-3:30 pm


Thurs 2:45-3:30pm
Goodbye, Résumé: Forging Career Connectedness for Advanced Manufacturing with Artificial Intelligence
A dozen manufacturing employers in Washington state are using an artificial intelligence-driven platform to express their skilled talent needs and get matched with two-year college students whose proven competencies make them a potential match—for capstone projects, internships, and even entry-level jobs. Join us and learn how colleges are using novel technologies to calibrate their curricula with workforce needs in real time, while connecting students directly to well-paying jobs in their fields.
Sasha Matison, JobWorthy, Kirkland, WA; Richard Hines, Claire Korschinowski, Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, WA;


Thurs 2:45-3:30pm
Developing Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships with Local Industry for Rural High School Students
Learn ways to enhance the high school student experience in advanced manufacturing through simulation, remote access, and on-campus experiences. In the Advanced Manufacturing through STEM Education (AMASE) project, 80 percent of participating high school students demonstrated mastery of core competencies in machining, welding, automation, and applied STEM measured by pre- and post-tests. Participating students received dual credit. Participating teachers received professional development in machining, welding, automation, and applied STEM through technical college faculty and industry. The methods used to develop dual-enrollment experiences for students and professional development programs in advanced manufacturing will be shared.
Jeff Sullivan, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI; TBD


Thurs 2:45-3:30pm
Successful Approach to Recruitment, Retention, and Tracking Using Industry and Workforce Partners
Purdue University Northwest’s College of Technology collaborated with local workforce development organizations and industry to implement the Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment (AWAKE) project. Funded by TAACCCT, AWAKE was designed to address the gap between workforce preparedness and regional opportunities available in advanced manufacturing industries. To achieve project outcomes, the project team implemented novel retention and recruitment strategies. Moreover, the project team developed new ways of tracking participants after program completion. During this 45-minute session, presenters will showcase these best practices and share how these approaches can be used in other grant-funded projects.
Deborah Blades, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN; Lana Rucks, The Rucks Group, LLC, Dayton, OH;


Thurs 2:45-3:30pm
National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Virtual Career Fair: Forging a Path to Success for Students
The Centers of Academic Excellent (CAE) in Cybersecurity Community, in partnership with CyberWatch West, is hosting the second CAE Virtual Career Fair on October 5, 2018. This event is free for students and alumni from CAE-designated institutions. Last year, the CAE Virtual Career Fair provided students from 124 CAE in Cybersecurity-designated institutions with the opportunity to network with 23 representatives of government agencies and businesses, including the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and Bank of America.
Tony Coulson, CyberWatch West, San Bernardino, CA; Anastacia Webster, California State University, San Bernardino, CA


Thurs 2:45-3:30pm
PathTech LIFE: Findings from a National Survey of Advanced Technology Students
PathTech LIFE (learning, interests, family, and employment) is an ongoing national survey of individuals completing coursework, certification, and AS/AAS degrees in advanced technologies at community colleges. The goal of this survey is to better understand how students from a variety of demographic backgrounds and life stages balance family, personal life, school, and work. We have survey responses from over 3,000 students representing engineering technology, advanced manufacturing, micro and nano technology, and energy and environmental technologies programs from 95 community colleges from across the United States. This session will present findings that reveal how student pathways, career goals, and school-work-life balance influence program recruitment and retention. Session participants will discuss how findings can inform institutional efforts to support student success and will recommend next steps to improve research.
Will Tyson, Lakshmi Jayaram, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Danielly Orozco, FLATE, Tampa, FL