High Impact Technology Exchange Conference

Preparing America's Skilled Technical Workforce

Poster Sessions
Wednesday, July 26, 3:00–5:30 in the Exhibit Hall

Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Skills: Industry 4.0 and Beyond

The National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM) utilizes Technology Teams and Business and Industry Leadership Teams to gather information and resources on current and future skills needed in the advanced manufacturing workplace. This poster will share what teams have learned from industry partners in their disciplines, including how they utilize technologies under Industry 4.0. This content is used to inform professional development for faculty and instructors, curriculum development, and outreach efforts to improve the image of manufacturing and ultimately increase recruitment for the advanced manufacturing workforce.

Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Executive Director and PI, National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM), Farmington, CT; Wendy Robicheau, Assistant Director, National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM), Farmington, CT

BETA Summer Industry Immersion Professional Development

BETA Skills looks at the convergence of emerging biomedical technologies, where the intersection of devices and tissue engineering is an excellent example. Past program evaluations suggested that a full immersion into a BETA industry/setting for a period of eight weeks would be very beneficial for a better perspective of what skills students will need in order to work in these environments. Five community college instructors were chosen to be BETA Summer Industry Fellows. Working with local employers, they were placed in regional organizations in the areas of clinical research, medical devices, and regenerative medicine. This poster will highlight our program’s results.

Russ Read, Executive Director and PI, Biomedical Emerging Technical Skills Applications (BETA Skills), National Center, Biotechworkforce of Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem, NC

Building Automation Technology: An Interdisciplinary Skilled Trade

Building automation technology (BAT) is inherently interdisciplinary. Students need background in HVAC, electrical systems, and electronics (low-voltage wiring, logic and programming, networking, controls). At Wake Tech Community College, a new lab has been designed and five new courses developed by a team pulled from electronics, HVAC, and electrical systems instructional departments. The grant team has leveraged the work of other grants through interaction with the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center, which is also an NSF ATE grant recipient. The team has utilized industry resources: license-free software, relatively inexpensive hardware, free video, and published resources.

Constance Keen, Assistant Professor, Building Automation Technology (NSF Grant: A New Technician Training Program for Advanced Building Technologies, DUE 2000190), Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC

Convergence Technology Students Present New Perspectives and Share Projects

Student representatives from schools in the National Convergence Technology Center’s nationwide Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice will provide an overview of recent research, learning projects, and career opportunities in the information communications technology space.

Mark Dempsey, Assistant Director, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Collin College, Frisco, TX; Gina Baker, Student, Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL; Davora Bowers, Student, Collin College, Frisco TX; Derek Moy, Student, Collin College, Frisco TX; Dylan Schofield, Student, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH; John Yates, Student, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

Design of Arduino and PLC-Based Controls for OWI Robotic Arm

This poster will present the design of an Arduino (PLC and direct) controlled OWI 5 motor robotic arm system, which is currently obsolete for Windows 10 PCs. Multiple methods for robotic arm control will be discussed, including updated USB driver fix (using LabView and other programs), wireless, voice-activated and direct motor control using H Bridge, and switched relay control. An inexpensive dual +/–3V power supply, which can replace the 4 D batteries, will be discussed, and new CAD drawings, PWM speed control, and motor encoders will be covered.

Andrew Bell, Department Chair, Engineering, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN

Developing a Highly Capable Biomanufacturing Technical Workforce in South Texas

Del Mar College (DMC) is a two-year Hispanic and minority serving institution that has been transforming science education with internships and workshop experiences. A new DMC biomanufacturing program includes a two-week intensive certificate from the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station). The certificate has been awarded to the 2021 and 2022 cohorts of DMC biomanufacturing students. The highly valued biomanufacturing certificate includes hands-on learning of cell culture, basic molecular biology, aseptic processes, microbiology, upstream and downstream processing of biological materials (including viruses, monoclonal antibodies, and other recombinant proteins), and industrial bioanalytical methods.

Daiyuan Zhang, Professor of Biotechnology, Department of Natural Sciences, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX; John Hatherill, Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Developing Industrial Maintenance Technician Pathways to an Advanced Technology Degree

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission predicts a 10 percent annual growth in industrial machinery mechanic jobs. To help meet those needs, this project developed an industrial maintenance technician pathway to prepare engineering technicians who have electromechanical experience. The project developed a Business and Industry Leadership Team with representatives from electrical and manufacturing industries to ensure the pathway meets the needs of local employers. Faculty update the existing curriculum, acquire new instructional equipment, and provide students with flexible access to the existing fabrication laboratory. These changes increased enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of engineering technology and electronics technology students.

Thomas Henderson, Associate Professor of Electronics, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK; Don Crall, Associate Professor, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK

Developing PLC and Robotic Automation Technician Training for Service Industries

There is a shortage of technicians with the skills to maintain programable logic controllers (PLC) and robots in the service industries. Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is developing a PLC and Robotic Automation Technician certificate program to address this shortage in the service industries in the greater New York City area. The goal of the project is to create a one-year 24-credit certificate program that will equip PRA technicians with the skills required for employment in service industries.

Douglas Jahnke, Assistant Professor, Vaughn College, Flushing, NY

Development of an Electronics Manufacturing Technician Program

The SkyBayTech Electronics Manufacturing Technician program at Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area is designed to meet local workforce needs through hands-on and project-based learning. Program details shown on this poster will include: 1) local workforce needs assessment, 2) new curriculum and stackable certificates in electronics technology aligned with the Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC) standards, 3) faculty professional development, 4) the design and development of a modern electronics manufacturing lab facility, 5) a student support program that includes high school partners, and 6) collaborative partnerships and a workforce placement program with integrated support from industry partners and research facilities.

Nicholas Langhoff, Professor and Chair, Engineering and Engineering Technology, SkyBayTech – Meeting the Bay Area’s Electronics Technician Workforce Need, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA; Laura Tudor, Industry Engagement Coordinator, SkyBayTech – Meeting the Bay Area’s Electronics Technician Workforce Need, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA

Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project

The NSF ATE Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project is establishing a first-of-its-kind DNA sequencing and genomics facility in Austin, Texas, on the Austin Independent School District’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy campus. The facility is run by dual credit high school and two-year Austin Community College biotechnology students and faculty. Students participate as part of their curriculum to complete an industry-recognized level-I certificate in biotechnology from ACC.

Kissaou Tchedre, Professor, Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project (NSF-ATE Award #2055607, Hub Number: P2-02), Austin Community College, Elgin, TX

Engaging K-12 Teachers to Help Build a Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline

Forsyth Tech has taken on a three-year project designed to help strengthen the cybersecurity footprint within the Triad area of North Carolina. The grant covers our two service areas, Forsyth and Stokes Counties, expanding to other counties in the third year. Each year eight K-12 CTE teachers are invited to obtain our cybersecurity certification within two semesters. Once they complete the certificate, they are given the opportunity to take the CompTIA Security + Exam and become adjunct instructors for the cybersecurity program at Forsyth Tech. Teachers are also given resources to use in their classrooms to help students become cyber-aware.

Thomas Brown III, Department Chair, Engaging K-12 Teachers to Help Build a Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC

Faculty As Change Agents for Student Retention and Institutional Transformation

Student participation in actively learning environments is critical to retaining students in STEM, especially at Hispanic Serving Institutions. To promote institutional transformation at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, faculty across departments have formed a supportive community that collaborate to improve institutional culture within and beyond the classroom environment leading to increase student retention, and their sense of belonging. The presentation will provide insight on faculty engagement that have led to increasing student retention and engagement: flipped classroom strategies to increasing learning in general chemistry, undergraduate research in the classroom, as well as results from surveys, summer camp program for first generation and low-income first-year STEM students.

Josee Vedrine-Pauléus, Professor, Department of Physic & Electronics, HHMI-PROUD Program Grant # GT11071, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, Humacao, PR

Floral Profiling of Honey-Sourced Pollen in Appalachia Using Illumina MiSeq Dual-Index Sequencing

The biotechnology program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) received a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund to establish a honey-testing laboratory at BCTC. Students in the biotechnology program isolate, extract, and sequence pollen DNA from honey submitted by regional farmers. The aim of the project is to facilitate undergraduate research at a community/technical college while simultaneously providing a service to local agricultural industry, ensuring the quality of locally produced honey, and collecting data to study honeybee forage patterns and floral diversity across Appalachia. Potential project expansion includes sugar-profiling and pesticide and microbial analysis.

Audrey Law, Biotechnology Program Coordinator, Biology Faculty, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY; Victoria DeFrese, Biotechnology Staff Instructor, Lab Manager, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY

Garden City Community College: Building STEM Central in Western Kansas

Garden City Community College (GCCC), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in rural Western Kansas, has received a five-year $5 million Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students earning STEM degrees and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year HSIs and four-year institutions in related fields. Four priorities include: 1) expand STEM instruction with three new employment-aligned academic programs and online courses, 2) develop a robust articulation program, 3) create services including summer programs to build STEM interest and skills, and 4) renovate and equip STEM facilities.

Ron Carlson, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

Hands-On Mechatronics in High Schools

Visitors to this session will learn how four mechatronics courses are being delivered via the web to high schools in Nebraska and Minnesota. A classroom-based facilitator provides basic instruction and supervision while the college instructor addresses harder questions. Each student has access to a hands-on trainer.

Daniel Davidchik, Mechatronics Instructor, iMEC2.0 2037491 and the National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM) 2055767, South Central Community College, Mankato, NM, and Central Community College Columbus, NE

High Tech and High Touch: Inclusive Ecosystems for Community College Student Success

This poster will provide an overview of institutional support for community college engineering and engineering technology students. The program offers six associate of science degrees and fourteen certificates. These stackable credit awards serve as curricular milestones that align with students’ transfer and employment goals. The authors are developing new articulation agreements with partner institutions that incentivize pre-transfer completion of engineering curriculum and offer program awards to students who complete engineering credits upon transfer. The program has also implemented a holistic, non-credit engineering summer cohort program that introduces students to engineering and critical community college student services and institutional agents.

Eugene Mahmoud, Professor, Developing Pathways to Engineering Technology Careers, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA; Carolyn Robinson, Professor of Engineering and the Co-Chair of Physics and Engineering Department, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

How to E-Publish Learning Activities for the Lab Component of a Course

The goal of this new-to-ATE project is to develop open-source resources, that is, an e-book, laboratory manual, and instructor’s guide to enhance vacuum technician education. The project team will outline the steps and resources necessary for e-publishing of the laboratory materials: a step-by-step e-publishing guide, Creative Commons licensing, instructions for producing video materials on a budget, and an overview of existing OER guides and courses.

Elena Brewer, Professor, Developing an E-book and Other Interactive Instructional Materials for Technician Education in Vacuum Technology (ATE project #2000454), SUNY Erie Community College, Williamsville, NY; Nancy Louwagie, Instructor, Vacuum Technology, Developing an E-book and Other Interactive Instructional Materials for Technician Education in Vacuum Technology (ATE project #2000454), Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Implementing a Cybersecurity College-to-Work Pipeline: A Community College Perspective

The reality of cyberterrorism has prompted the United States federal government to enact legislation and form initiatives designed to mitigate cybersecurity risks. The threat of cyberattacks has been exacerbated by the shortage of skilled IT security professionals. Community colleges play a vital role in rapidly preparing the next generation of cyber experts. Community colleges are charged with transforming novice students into skilled cybersecurity professionals. This poster will examine the transformation process at Enterprise State Community College.

Rosalyn Warren, Instructor, Enterprise State Community College, Enterprise, AL

Interdisciplinary Course Development Utilizing Microcontrollers and Wireless Sensor Networks

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) involves growing food in environment-controlled structures like greenhouses and indoor vertical farms using precision technology, data processing, and automation. The purpose of CEA is to provide optimal growing conditions. Since CEA integrates engineering, agriculture, and computer science-based approaches, an NSF grant-funded smart technology course is currently being designed at Ivy Tech Community College. The course will lead to an interdisciplinary CEA certificate. We will utilize Raspberry Pis and Arduinos integrated with wireless sensor networks to remotely (IoT) monitor key environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, pH, electrical conductivity, and light.

Rhiannon Lake, Project Director/Co-PI of Controlled Environment Agriculture NSF Grant, Preparing the Skilled Technical Workforce in Controlled Environment Agriculture, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, IN

MassBay’s Homegrown Cyber Range

NSF grant DUE 2100114 (AttrACTing the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce [ACT]) has enabled us to create our own homegrown Cyber Range (CR) at MassBay Community College. The goal was to establish a supportive educational environment for underrepresented students to become skills-ready for the workforce. With the cost of private CRs being prohibitive for a community college, we collaborated with UMass Lowell faculty to create and configure our own CR, which is a small network of servers, routers, switches, etc. This poster will show the creation process of CR design and configuration, along with a list of devices and cost.

Shamsi Moussavi, Professor, AttrACTing the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce (ACT), Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, MA; Giuseppe (Tony) Sena, Professor, AttrACTing the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce (ACT), Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, MA; Ryan Fried, Professor, AttrACTing the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce (ACT), Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, MA

Open Resources for Learning in Welding and Electronics

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials that are openly licensed or in the public domain, meaning they’re free to students and sharable for faculty. In this project, we are building OER for welding and electronics courses that are customized to fit the needs, experiences, and identities of our students. We are also focusing on accessibility so that students of all abilities can learn. Our materials add to the pool of OER that is just beginning to be developed for manufacturing technology. Student and faculty surveys conducted by this project show the benefits and challenges of using OER.

Katherine Kelley, Faculty Librarian, Creation and Modernization of Technological Education in Electronics and Welding through Open Educational Resources That Are Free to Share, Use, and Revise, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, WA; Priyanka Pant, Dean of Instruction, Creation and Modernization of Technological Education in Electronics and Welding through Open Educational Resources That Are Free to Share, Use, and Revise, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, WA

Padawan to Master: How Paid Apprenticeships Created Pathways to IT Careers

The IT Flexible Apprenticeship program at Columbus State Community College is a work-based learning program that takes students on a two-year journey involving front-loaded technical coursework, intense career preparation, and the opportunity to interview with employer partners to secure paid apprenticeships aligned with their academic programs of study. During this session, you will be able to speak with program alumni about their journey through the program from entry to completion. Hear firsthand accounts of how the program has impacted participants and enabled them to reach their career goals.

Geoff Bauer, Supervisor, IT Work Study Flexible Apprenticeship Model, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH

Pairing Contextualized General Education Mathematics and Science Courses for Mechatronics

Roane State Community College has created corequisite general education mathematics and physics courses to be paired with core courses required for an AAS in Mechatronics. A general education mathematics course is paired with Process Controls or Motor Controls, and a general education physics course is paired with Mechanics and Machine Elements. Students gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their general education classes when they are able to connect the content with that of their core classes.

Elizabeth Weaver, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Improving Mechatronics Education by Pairing Mechatronics Courses with General Education Math and Science Courses, Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge, TN; Phillip Hyun, Associate Professor of Physics, Improving Mechatronics Education by Pairing Mechatronics Courses with General Education Math and Science Courses, Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN

Partnering with Industry to Convert Non-Credit Injection Molding Courses to a For-Credit Certificate

Learn how Central Community College (CCC) used industry partnerships to convert non-credit Injection Molding workshops into a 12-credit-hour certificate in Advanced Manufacturing (AMDT). Learn how awareness programs allowed CCC to reach recent high school grads as well as non-traditional students and enrolled them in four “bootcamp” classes while using outside funding to cover the students’ cost.

Jerry Muller, Industrial Training Coordinator, Prime grant #1902354 and National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (NCNGM) #2055767, Central Community College, Columbus, NE

Providing Equitable Access to Technician Education Through the 2+2+2 Matriculation Model

Southern University’s Engineering Technology 2+2+2 Matriculation Model is designed as a gateway to enable early education, persistence to postsecondary credentials of value, and high-quality career outcomes. Programs of study with similar demographics may be able to use this model as a template. The model aims to do four things: 1) facilitate the early engagement of students, thereby decreasing the number of academically underprepared learners entering college; 2) expand postsecondary educational opportunities to improve outcomes and foster economic opportunity; 3) increase the enrollment, persistence, and graduation of early education and underserved populations in STEM; and 4) facilitate a reduction in time to degree.

Kenie Moses, Professor and Department Head, Engineering and Technology, Building a Career Pathway from High School into the Workforce for Skilled Technicians in Electrical, Industrial, and Process Engineering Technology, Southern University, Shreveport, LA

Recruiting Matters

This poster session will focus on the results of a recruiting survey that was administered to Instrumentation students in the Fall 2022 semester. This survey was used to gauge the effectiveness of current recruiting practices. The survey is a critical part of an action research project that River Parishes Community College STEM and Instrumentation faculty are conducting to improve the diversity and inclusivity outcomes of the Instrumentation Program.

Esperanza Zenon, Professor of Physical Science, Advanced Industrial Instrumentation Control Technician Education, River Parishes Community College, Gonzales, LA

Stackable Certificates in the Construction Management Program at Hudson County Community College

This poster will show how the Associate in Applied Science in Construction Management program at HCCC comprises a one-year academic certificate, four-month long proficiency certificates, stackable credit certificates, and micro-credit certificates.

Azhar Mahmood, Associate Professor, Strengthening Community College and Workforce Partnerships in Construction Management, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ; Khursheed Khan, Stackable Certificates in Construction Management Program, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ

Strategies to Support Veteran and Adult Learners in Aviation and Engineering-Related Courses

The session will examine in-progress NSF-sponsored research that includes: 1) strategies to engage non-traditional students enrolled in digital circuits, statics, and aerodynamics through peer leader support in fully online learning environments; 2) the development of supplemental activities that have the potential to increase the academic performance and persistence of veterans, adult learners, and active military; 3) an analysis of best practices to train peer leaders on ways to relate to others with different backgrounds and experiences; and 4) research on building student connections in asynchronous environments to allow students to further identify as part of the engineering and aerospace community.

David Harvie, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator, Master of Aviation Cybersecurity, The Engagement of Non-Traditional Students in Online Engineering Pathways, National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, Award Number 2216325, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; Kimberly Luthi, Assistant Professor/Associate Program Chair, Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Applications, College of Aviation, The Engagement of Non-Traditional Students in Online Engineering Pathways, National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, Award Number 2216325, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; Keith Wilson, Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Accreditation, Department Chair, Undergraduate Studies, College of Aviation, The Engagement of Non-Traditional Students in Online Engineering Pathways, National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, Award Number 2216325, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Targeting Career Influencers Through Organized Taste of Industry Events

To increase enrollment of women in college engineering and industrial technology programs, our project focused on changing perceptions of potential students and career influencers (parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, administrators, etc.). Taste of Industry is a one-day on-campus event that highlights our engineering and industrial technology program areas through interactive demonstrations. Participants are given a lesson plan kit for their classrooms to conduct mini-STEM based lessons and activities with their students. The event helps career influencers to better speak to the changing needs of Industry 4.0 and to better help students plan for training and employment.

Zack Hubbard, Dean of Technical Programs, Increasing Women in Engineering and Industrial Technologies Programs, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC; Tony Bean, Program Chair of Engineering Technologies, Increasing Women in Engineering and Industrial Technologies Programs, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC; Brandon Hoffner, Program Chair of Welding Technologies and Machining, Increasing Women in Engineering and Industrial Technologies Programs, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC

Using AI and Machine Learning to Broaden Participation in the ATE Community

Visit this session to learn how to employ big data sets and tools, AI, and ML techniques and be better equipped to harness the data revolution. Learn how to add big data sets and use tools of dimensional reduction, cluster algorithms, and spectral analysis in your ATE work to increase participation (e.g., STEM enrollment, completion, diversity metrics, funding, usage of a technology) in your projects.

Ben Reid, Director and Principal Investigator, Grant Insights for Research and Development, Impact Allies, Vero Beach, FL; Kevin Cooper, Director and Principal Investigator, Project Vision, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

What to Expect from Program Evaluation and Why It Is important

Program evaluation is critical to the success of projects as it offers feedback for making iterative changes to improve impacts and sustainability. This poster will show metrics from a BioTech program evaluation that demonstrate the importance of a mixed methods and utilization focus approach to program evaluation.

Sondra LoRe, Director, Center for Academic Research and Excellence, NFS award #2000193, Chattanooga State & SPEAR Consultants, Chattanooga, TN

Working Partnerships Among NSF ATEs, MEPs, and MUSA Institutes

There are great opportunities for NSF ATE projects and centers to collaborate or partner with the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) and the Manufacturing USA Institutes (MUSA). Both have a mission to support manufacturing. The MEPs in each state focus on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers survive and thrive. Today, much of that “survival” deals directly with workforce needs. The MUSA Institutes focus on technology development and technology transfer but also include workforce development in their mission. This poster will share how projects and centers are partnering with these federally funded networks to build collaborative relationships leading to win-win scenarios involving academia and industry.

Marilyn Barger, Senior Educational Advisor, FLATE, part of FloridaMakes, Tampa, FL; Evelyn Brown, Director, Extension Research and Development, TRACKS-CN, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Marci Gale, Mechatronics Faculty, Manufacturing, Adjuncts, Partnerships, and Students, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, NC

Workplace-Based Learning in ATE: The Role of Language and Its Potential Impacts

Both in practice and throughout the literature, workplace-based learning (WBL) opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships are often characterized by inconsistent language and non-standardized features. For example, the terms “internship” and “apprenticeship” are sometimes used interchangeably. Also, benefits and components, such as paid versus non-paid or academic credit versus no credit, can vary widely across and within institutions. This poster will present findings from a mixed-method study exploring WBL language in the ATE community and will invite discussion about the impact of these inconsistencies on WBL implementation in technician education and the sharing of best practices.

Valerie Marshall, Research Associate, The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Mary Slowinski, PI of Working Partners Project & Workshops, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA