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League Connections - February 2009

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League Connections
February 2009, Volume 10, Number 2

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Enhance Your Innovations 2009 Experience
The Cross Papers Fellowship Invites Proposals
Innovation of the Year Award
21st Century Instructional Delivery Environment
Member Spotlight: Cerro Coso College Wind Technology Program
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ENHANCE YOUR INNOVATIONS 2009 EXPERIENCE

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With a focus on current topics, Learning Center Courses provide in-depth coverage, practical knowledge, and useful applications for community college faculty, staff, and administrators. Courses are facilitated by recognized leaders in the topic areas. Click here to access course descriptions, and register now to make the most of your conference experience!
THE CROSS PAPERS FELLOWSHIP INVITES PROPOSALS
K. Patricia CrossProposal Deadline April 30, 2009

The League invites community college practitioners and scholars to submit proposals for The Cross Papers Fellowship 2009-2010. The fellowship supports the writing of The Cross Papers, Number 13, and the presentation on the monograph at the League's Innovations 2010 conference. Click here for more information.
INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Celebrating Community College Innovation

The League for Innovation League logo announces the 2008-2009 Innovation of the Year competition. League Alliance Member institutions are invited to participate in this valuable program that recognizes and celebrates faculty and staff innovation. Click here for more information and to view past winners.
21ST CENTURY INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY ENVIRONMENT
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Today's classroom incorporates technology in many ways. Oftentimes this technology is incorporated from the direct-instruction approach. Direct instruction is a method of teaching that emphasizes well-planned lessons clearly presenting teaching tasks. Read more...
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CERRO COSO COLLEGE

Wind Technology Program Prepares Workers for Renewable Energy Industry

Cerro Coso Community College, located in the upper Mojave Desert, is on the cutting edge of developing an energy technician program to support the renewable energy industry. In the new industrial technology certificate and degree programs, students will complete an 18-unit core set of courses to provide for a well-rounded skilled technical worker. Read more...
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iStream: Focus on Assessment and Accountability

This month, iStream gives you even more with transcripts of Innovations and CIT conference keynotes and special sessions.

 

Project Highlights. Since its early beginnings in the 1990s, assessment at St. Louis Community College has flourished into a multidepartmental undertaking involving 10 specialized committees, novel approaches such as “I DID” and “LAASIE,” and a firm commitment from over 130 college executives, faculty, and staff. Find out the resulting benefits to the students and the advantages this program brings to the institution.

Thoughtful Topics. Discover how you can synchronize assessment with your curriculum in class and on line in this month’s discussion. Learn methods for increasing retention, find out how to improve assessment models through self-reflection approaches for students, and hear the unfortunate news about assessment.

Innovative Educators. Come see iStream’s latest addition of professional development resources and training services. Subscribers are eligible for free seating in online webinars through a partnership with Innovative Educators.

TLT Webinars, Dangerous Discussions, and Flashlight. The League and TLT Group present numerous workshops and three TLT archives on iStream. Also, check out FridayLive!, TLT-SWG, and TGIF. iStream subscribers can link in to TLT at any time and limited free seats are available.

eLearning. iStream’s new e-learning content provides open educational resources and discounted license agreements for specialty workforce development programs targeting high-demand industries and careers. This month, get to know HippoCampus, where students can go for homework help in multiple subjects.

Ten Questions. This month, AQIP Director Stephen Spangehl discusses what’s happening in the world of accountability in higher education and shares his vision for refining the education system to make students more globally competitive.

Log in to iStream for new content, new updates, and new ideas. (http://istream.league.org)


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Member Spotlight: Cerro Coso Community College

 Wind Technology Program

Cerro Coso Community College, located in the upper Mojave Desert, is on the cutting edge of developing an Energy Technician program to support the renewable energy industry. In the new industrial technology certificate and degree programs, students will complete an 18-unit core set of courses to provide for a well-rounded skilled technical worker. Courses in computer literacy, technical communication, blue print reading, basic hand tools, applied technical math, oxyacetylene welding, and industrial safety are in the core of the program. Within the degree program are three initial areas of specialization: energy, engineering technology, and electronics. The energy emphasis will include wind and solar technologies and will expand to geothermal, hydro, and other energy alternatives.  

Cerro Coso Community College is uniquely situated for the emerging renewable energy industry and maintains a 6-acre photovoltaic field at the Indian Wells Valley campus in Ridgecrest. From Mojave and Boron’s expanding wind and solar energy, Kern River Valley hydro power, Ridgecrest’s geothermal plant and solar fields, and the Mammoth Lakes geothermal energy effort, Cerro Coso Community College has responded to meet its community and student population needs. “This cutting-edge renewable technology will put not only the college and our students at the beginnings of innovation in this field, but will serve all of California and the nation. Partnerships to create strong technically prepared students will provide employees for an industry that is expected to have continued sustained growth,” stated Mary Retterer, president of Cerro Coso Community College.

Cerro Coso College efforts to develop this program began through partnerships with Sierra Sands Unified School District and the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake, and the award of a California SB70 Strengthening Career Technical Education Grant. This grant assisted in initiating the Project Lead the Way program at Burroughs High School, which will offer classes for engineers and engineering technicians at the high school level. Additionally, the grant funded the exploration and development of an alternative energy program at the college. Additional partnerships with Kern Wind Energy Association (KWEA), the Advanced Transportation Technologies and Energy Initiative (ATTEI) of Cerritos College, and others have expanded the potential of the college’s renewable energy portion.

The wind technician training program is critical to the development of a trained workforce for the wind industry that surrounds the service area of Cerro Coso Community College and the Kern Community College District. As a result of college efforts in the development of the wind curriculum, Cerro Coso was selected to host the Wind Technology training for ATTEI in December 2007, which was attended by community college faculty and administrators from across the state. In addition, Cerro Coso was awarded a $35,000 grant by IEC Corporation to provide additional funding in the development of the wind technician program.

“One of our partners in clean energy training is Cerro Coso College. The college has become the leader in the region for wind generation training. The wind generator on long-term loan from Cerritos College is an affirmation of our partnership as both colleges move ahead in spreading awareness about clean renewable energies,” stated Eli Jaramillo, Director, Advanced Transportation Technologies, Cerritos College.

“The wind tech program at Cerro Coso is essential to our industry. It is imperative that we have access to a pool of trained and educated individuals; this program will fulfill our employment needs. With the growth potential and meeting the mandates of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, the Tehachapi Mojave Wind Resource Area will develop an additional 4500 MW of wind generation; this growth will also have great employment potential for the local residents of Ridgecrest and the surrounding area,” commented Linda Parker, Kern Wind Energy Association.

“Cerro Coso College is committed to serving the needs of our students, employers, and industry in our service area and the state. Our faculty have diligently worked with industry to develop a relevant, skill-based program that will prepare students to enter the workforce,” stated Valerie Karnes, Dean of Career Technical Education, Cerro Coso Community College.

In the coming year, Cerro Coso will work with the primary and secondary schools to educate the next generation on emerging career opportunities in the renewable energy industry.

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