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March 2006
Volume 7, Number 3
inside this issue
highlights
CIT Call for Proposals
Last Chance to Submit a Proposal for the 2006 Learning College Summit!
Getting Results Online Faculty Development Program Now Available!
The Cross Papers Fellowship 2006-2007
Call for Proposals
Clearly Quotable

news and events
The eLearning Center Partners With Thomson Education Direct to Offer New Online Courses
Comprehensive collection of online courses grows
Project Lead the Way Students Win Competition
inside the league
Announcing Innovations 2007
Community Colleges Involved in Preservice Teacher Education Invited to Join Pathways
The League is Proud to Announce Several New Presentations/Workshops
Last Chance to Become a Charter Member
Community College Workforce Partnership Network
Call for Manuscripts

member spotlight
St. Clair County Community College

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CIT Call for Proposals

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Proposal Submission Deadline: March 24, 2006!

The League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2006 Conference on Information Technology (CIT), October 22-25, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hosted by the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership


Conference on Information Technology
CIT is the premier showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management in community and technical colleges. Celebrating its 22nd year of excellence, the 2006 CIT will feature a technologically sophisticated and topically diverse program that helps educators explore and expand the effective use of technology. This call for proposals is an invitation to join your colleagues in a dynamic learning community to discover how information technology is transforming the educational enterprise. Proposals to present at the 2006 CIT can be submitted online.

Charlotte, North Carolina
In Charlotte, there is always something new to entice, interest, and amaze. Charlotte's southern culture represents a colorful spectrum, from the fine artwork of the Mint Museum to the engine-racing thunder of NASCAR that draws more than one million visitors each year. Whether you stay a day, a weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained!

Special Focus of Track One
Each year, Track One focuses on an emerging technology believed to be of particular interest to educators. For the 2006 CIT, the special focus for Track One is Open-Source Solutions and Their Implications for Community Colleges. As increasing numbers of colleges implement a wide variety of open-source instructional and enterprisewide tools and solutions, what are the pros and cons that must be considered? Proposals targeted toward this focus area should help community colleges evaluate, customize, anticipate, and deploy fiscally, technologically, and educationally sound open-source solutions to meet instructional and organizational needs.

Topics of Special Interest
Although open-source solutions are the special focus of the 2006 CIT, other proposal topics related to the emerging and future use of information technology at community and technical colleges are strongly encouraged.

League Corporate Partners
League Corporate Partners are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. More than 120 corporations have discovered the benefits associated with a League Corporate Partnership. The League is your conduit to more than 700 colleges and their decision makers. Visit our Corporate Partner section or contact Chris Hennessey for additional information about becoming a League Corporate Partner.

Registration
The online registration form, which includes information about registration fees, will be available starting the week of March 19, 2006.

Hotel and Travel Information
Discounted hotel rooms have been contracted for conference participants. Detailed hotel information is available at www.league.org/2006cit/travel.html. We anticipate that conference hotel rooms will fill up quickly again this year due to the considerable interest in this year's event as a result of the outstanding success of the 2005 conference! We urge you to make your hotel and airline reservations early!

What participants in last year’s conference had to say:
“I've attended several national conferences and CIT was by far the best. I came home with an overwhelming amount of information.”

“This was my first League conference and I was extremely pleased.”

“EXCELLENT conference! I packed in a lot of very usable information and techniques in a short amount of time!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. My head is stuffed with new ideas and plans for our institution.

“One of the best conferences I have attended in recent years.”

“It was good to rub shoulders with others who love learning and are committed to excellence in higher education, especially in the area of technology.”

“I look forward to attending next year's CIT and plan on recommending that more colleagues attend!”

For additional information
For additional information about the 2006 Conference on Information Technology, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Last Chance to Submit a Proposal for the 2006 Learning College Summit!

Proposals for the Learning College Summit are being accepted through March 31, 2006! Guidelines and submission information are available at http://www.league.org/ls2006/cfp/.

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Learning College Summit, June 11-14, 2006, at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri. The League's 2006 Learning College Summit is being hosted by St. Louis Community College.

Plans are fully under way for this exciting gathering, which brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered, as well as veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.

In a small conference-center setting, the 2006 Learning College Summit will serve as a working retreat for college teams or for individual representatives from colleges to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. This gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and is a vehicle to investigate ways colleges have successfully undertaken significant organizational transformation to improve student learning.

The 2006 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities to explore in depth five pressing topics in community college education as they relate to the Learning College concept in action:

  • Accreditation
  • Accountability
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development

Each topic is the focus of deep examination during its own morning or afternoon session. Each session features a symposium, forums, and conversations about learning.

Symposium. Each half-day session begins with a plenary symposium focused on the topic for that session. Each symposium features a panel discussion by leaders and practitioners in the specific topic area, followed by a question-and-answer period involving summit participants. Participants are encouraged not only to ask questions of the panelists, but also to share brief descriptions of ways their colleges are working to make that aspect of their institution more learning centered.

Forums. Held concurrently, the forums for each half-day session follow the symposium and feature a team of two or three participants from a college presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college. The deadline for proposals to present a forum is March 31, 2006.

Conversations About Learning. Each half-day session ends with conversations about learning designed to provide college teams the opportunity to regroup and reflect on their experiences at the summit and to begin discussing ways to apply their learning at their college. Teams may choose to use this time to meet with other college teams and/or individuals. For participants who are the sole representative from their institution, these conversations offer an opportunity to continue symposium and forum dialogues and to discuss challenges, obstacles, and successes with others. Individuals may also choose to use this time for meeting with specific college teams and/or individuals.

The 2006 Learning College Summit has the following goals:

  • Provide a comfortable setting for educators to share the successes and challenges of transforming institutions to become more powerfully focused on learning.
  • Increase understanding of the concepts of the Learning College as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional student outcomes.
  • Facilitate participant interaction and development of new networks of colleagues who support Learning College concepts.

If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2006 Learning College Summit will give you an opportunity to share ideas, approaches, and experiences with colleagues in higher education. For more information, visit the Learning College Summit website or contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 238.

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Getting Results Online Faculty Development Program Now Available!

WGBH-TV and the League for Innovation in the Community College are pleased to announce the launch of Getting Results multimedia professional development modules for training community college faculty. The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The videos accompanying the modules include real teachers and students in real classroom settings across the country, representing a range of fields, institutions, programs, and subject areas.

Suitable for self-study, face-to-face training, or other formats of online and onsite use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum, including downloadable PDF versions of web-based text, is now available online at no charge (http://www.league.org/gettingresults). A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access is being developed and will be available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League later this spring.

Getting Results begins with an orientation video followed by six modules. Each module features classroom videos illustrating classroom practice; background information about the teacher and class; activities for learners; readings; downloadable, printable PDF versions of web-based text content; customizable PowerPoint slide shows; and suggestions on how to incorporate the strategies into users’ own classrooms. The module topics are

  • Creating a Community of Learners,
  • Planning for Outcomes,
  • Active Teaching and Learning,
  • Moving Beyond the Classroom,
  • Teaching with Technology, and
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program, Getting Results was produced by WGBH-TV, PBS’s flagship station in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning. It is currently being piloted at 13 community and technical colleges, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a formative and summative evaluation through 2007.

Getting Results advisors include Lynn Barnett, American Association of Community Colleges; John D. Bransford, University of Washington, Seattle; Lynn Cadwallader, Lesley University; Elaine L. Craft, Florence-Darlington Technical College Education; Mary Ann Haley Research for Better Teaching; Allatia Harris, Dallas County Community Colleges; Ellen Hause, American Association of Community Colleges; Donald E. Jones, J & G Consultants; Norman R. Nelson, Avaya Communication; Ruth Stiehl, The Learning Organization; Cynthia Wilson, League for Innovation in the Community College; and Jim Woodell, North Shore Community College.

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit www.wgbh.org.

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The Cross Papers Fellowship 2006-2007
Call for Proposals

In recognition of the many valuable contributions K. Patricia Cross has made to community college teaching and learning, the League is pleased to announce the third annual Cross Papers Fellowship. Supported by an endowment from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship builds upon the outstanding success and renowned usability of The Cross Papers. Each year, a practitioner/scholar of community college teaching and learning is named as The Cross Papers Fellow.

Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, for providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, for rejuvenating veteran employees, and for designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this endowment to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.

The 2006-2007 Cross Papers Fellow will write an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format established by K. Patricia Cross in the original Cross Papers. This format includes a review of literature on current teaching and learning theory as well as practical applications of current theory in contemporary learning environments. The Cross Papers Fellow will also conduct a Special Session on The Cross Papers topic at the League’s annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped and posted on the League’s iStream. Following the session, The Cross Papers Fellow will be available to sign copies of the monograph.

The Cross Papers Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing, complimentary registration to the Innovations conference at which the Fellow will present the work, travel expenses of up to $1,000 to attend the conference, a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and 10 copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue the Fellow writes.

The 2005-2006 Cross Papers Fellow, Anneliese Homan of State Fair Community College (MO), has written The Cross Papers, Number 9, Constructing Knowledge Through Reflection, which is being released at the League's Innovations conference this week in Atlanta. Copies of the monograph are available for purchase through the League Store (www.leaguestore.org). 

Guidelines for submitting proposals for the 2006-2007 Cross Papers Fellowship are available on the League website at http://www.league.org/crosspapersfellow/guidelines.html. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2006.

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Clearly Quotable

"Questions about who talks to whom, and about what kinds of information are institutionally valued and available, are central to an institution's capacity to improve. And while the availability of data is never a sufficient condition for improvement, it is certainly a necessary one. Community colleges, with their can-do attitudes and their willingness to experiment, may well have things to teach the rest of higher education about the best ways to think about the evidence needed for improvement."

Pat Hutchings and Lee S. Shulman, "Learning About Student Learning from Community Colleges" The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Full text available at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/perspectives/sub.asp?key=245&subkey=1096.

"In the vast majority of states, there is no single definition of 'ready for college-level work.' Each institution is free to define that for itself. And while…many high school educators are quite willing to be held accountable for turning out college-ready graduates, they are, as one principal told me recently, not willing to be held accountable for getting their students to 'the 47 different definitions of college readiness in effect in my state'."

Kati Haycock, Director, Education Trust
"Student Readiness: The Challenge for Colleges" The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2006, p. B38

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Inside the League

Announcing Innovations 2007

Innovations 2007 header Announcement

The League for Innovation in the Community College marks the 10th anniversary of the Innovations Conference. Over the past 10 years, we have showcased some of the most innovative, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge programs featuring leaders and trendsetters in the community college field. Innovations 2007 promises to be just as exciting and boldly inventive as ever. So be sure to join us in New Orleans to celebrate 10 years of innovation.

Be a part of Innovations 2007 March 4-7 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. The 2007 conference is hosted by Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is in the center of it all. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River with easy access to everything New Orleans has to offer, this full-service luxury complex is actually a city within itself. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, shopping and entertainment options are steps away. The Riverwalk Marketplace (140+ shops and food outlets) is at the hotel's doorstep, as are Harrah's Casino, the Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX Theatre, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, The National D-Day Museum, the Arts District, the Louisiana Children's Museum, and the Riverfront Streetcar.

Innovations 2007 is an opportunity for colleagues around the world to showcase their model programs, to share lessons learned, and to look to the future by experiencing a wide array of learning opportunities. Join the most energetic community college professionals as they work together to improve student and organizational learning by exploring innovations in (1) Learning and Teaching; (2) Leadership and Organization; (3) Workforce Preparation and Development; (4) Student Services and Activities; (5) Basic Skills and Developmental Education; (6) Resource Development and Foundation Management; and (7) Research, Assessment, and Accountability.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Engaging keynote speakers discussing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Forums, Special Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions
  • Learning Center Courses - three-hour and six-hour intensive workshops granting Continuing Education Units 
  • 24-Hour Gateway Email and Internet Lab
  • An extensive exhibition featuring educational products and services
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions and coffee and refreshment breaks

For more information vitist http://www.league.org/i2007.

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Community Colleges Involved in Preservice Teacher Education Invited to Join Pathways

The League for Innovation and NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) members are invited to join Pathways, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project focusing on community college preparation of preservice teachers.

What is Pathways?

Pathways’ objective is to improve the way preservice teachers learn science, mathematics, language arts, education, and education technology content by providing community college faculty members with tools and resources to model effective, technology-based teaching in their courses. The overall goal of the project is to improve the way preservice teachers in community colleges teach when they are in their own K-12 classrooms. Community colleges selected for participation are required to provide the support necessary to ensure the full participation of their four faculty members. The benefits to and commitments of selected colleges are detailed on the application.

Why Join Pathways?

Faculty teams participating in the training learn to develop and use unique and compelling internet-based instructional resources that promote critical thinking and effective learning for students via a 26-hour blended-mode faculty development program called Savvy Cyber Professor. As a result of the Savvy Cyber Professor course, community college students who are preservice teachers learn how to bring relevant, pertinent, dynamic, and real-world data into the learning environment. Another key benefit is access to a growing library of Real World Learning Objects (RWLOs), discrete units of instructional content that use internet-based real-time data or primary source information.

Savvy Cyber Professor

Savvy Cyber Professor is a proven, 26-hour, eight-part, blended-mode faculty development program that includes face-to-face hands-on instruction as well as asynchronous online experiences culminating in each participant’s development of a peer-reviewed RWLO. Savvy Cyber Professor sessions include

  1. Unique and Compelling Educational Resources;
  2. Understanding RWLOs;
  3. Planning Your RWLO;
  4. Assembling Instructional Content and Creating Your RWLO;
  5. Integration and Implementation: Challenges and Solutions;
  6. Completing Your RWLO;
  7. Finalizing and Submitting Your RWLO to the Library; and 
  8. Showcasing Your RWLO.

Savvy Cyber Professor begins with a full-day, hands-on workshop on October 21, 2006 in Charlotte, North Carolina, preceding the League’s Conference on Information Technology. The full-day, hands-on workshop is a mandatory component for all four faculty team members from each selected college.

To date, 17 community colleges throughout the U.S. have sent teams of four faculty members each to participate in Savvy Cyber Professor, and we are now inviting another 18 community colleges to participate in this excellent faculty development opportunity. We encourage your college to apply for one of the 18 openings by returning a completed application by April 28, 2006.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss Pathways in more detail, please contact Beth McGrath (Project Director) at bmcgrath@stevens.edu or (201) 216-5037.

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The League is Proud to Announce Several New Presentations/Workshops

Identifying Your Institution's Technological Innovation Capabilities
In this interactive session, examine the three specific factors that affect your college’s technology-based learning innovation capabilities – the What Could Be. Identify strategic decision makers and the movers and shakers you need to move forward in implementing innovative technology solutions. (More information.)

Raising the Scalpel: Lessons From Surgeons in Training High-Performance Teams
In this session, participants learn to operationalize eight significant training lessons from the O.R., Harvard Business School, and cognitive psychology that demonstrate critical factors in developing fast-learning, high-performing work teams, including team composition, cohesion, timing, guided and unguided practice, prebriefings and debriefings, and tracking of results. (More information.)

Think Fast! Improvisation for Professional and Personal Development
Think Fast! sessions can stand alone, as for leadership retreats and staff or team meetings, or incorporated into topic-specific training sessions such as Customer Service, Conflict Management, or Presentation Skills. Think Fast! Improvisation in the Classroom offers a step-by-step approach to teach faculty how to incorporate improvisation into the curriculum. (More information.)

Interpersonal Skills
In today’s workplace, task or technical proficiency is not enough to achieve success. In fact, leading studies from the Universities of Michigan and Ohio have shown that a balance of people and task management is critical to professional and organizational success. (More information.)

Making Meetings More Exciting and Effective
This session begins by asking you to examine whether or not you even need a meeting to achieve your desired outcomes. Participants learn to carefully combine the art and science needed to effectively manage exciting and fruitful meetings. (More information.)

Relationship-Based University Model Fundraising
The big universities know what they’re doing when it comes to donor development. Do you? The University Model of fundraising uses a distinctive style of engaging prospects and donors called Moves Management. (More information.)

To find out more about these and other topics, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Last Chance to Become a Charter Member

If your college is working on easing student transitions from high school to college to work as well as reducing remediation and increasing persistence, then you'll want to join with us. Colleges who join before March 30 will be designated Charter Members of the CCTI Network. For more information on CCTI, go to www.league.org/ccti and join now at http://www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

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Community College Workforce Partnership Network

Earlier this year, the League for Innovation launched a new national initiative titled the Community College Workforce Partnership Network. This network has emerged from a partnership with the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The network is a group of community colleges committed to building powerful local-regional workforce partnerships designed to positively affect the college's service area economy. The colleges (currently 100 colleges have joined) will facilitate the collection and dissemination, sharing, and exchange of ideas, information, models, curricula, and other vital information among community colleges that are committed to workforce development. The network will bring college workforce leaders together, and activities will be driven by the community colleges that participate. 

The network is most focused on identifying individual college items such as workforce/economic development products, curricula, skills training competencies, career ladder projects and schemes, noteworthy reports, brochures, strategies, and more, and making them available to all community colleges. Learn more and join the CCWPN Network.

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Call for Manuscripts

The League maintains an open call for manuscripts for its monthly digital publications, Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The editorial staff invites community college educators to share effective, innovative practices, processes, strategies, and programs with the field through the brief articles (1,500 to 2,000 words) featured in these publications. Click on the publication links below to access the guidelines for prospective authors:

  1. Leadership Abstracts
  2. Learning Abstracts
  3. Innovation Showcase

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 238.

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News and Events

The eLearning Center Partners With Thomson Education Direct to Offer New Online Courses
Comprehensive collection of online courses grows

The eLearning Center, a comprehensive collection of online courses, has partnered with Thomson Education Direct (formerly ICS) to provide a select offering from a library of more than 3,500 online courses.

“The partnership lays out an ideal route to some untapped market areas,” said Jon Bouffler, General Manager, Thomas Education Direct. “By partnering with an industry specialist, all parties will provide a unique combination of experience and expertise for the benefit of the learners.”

The partnership encompasses a vast range of course material in conjunction with global eLearning specialist, Thomson NETg. The new course categories are desktop/consumer, professional IT, and business and professional development, and are available at www.theelearningcenter.com.

“As The eLearning Center continues to revolutionize e-learning, partnerships with leaders from around the globe, such as Thomson Education Direct, strengthen our commitment to provide high-quality online education opportunities to e-learners,” said Stephen Gatlin, founder and CEO of The eLearning Center.

For more information about the courses offered by The eLearning Center, please visit www.theelearningcenter.com or call 817-870-2870.  Direct media inquires to Chambre Riegel at 972-934-2850 x 102 or ChambreR@sbellinc.com.

About The eLearning Center

Created by Gatlin Education Services, the world’s largest provider of online workforce development programs for colleges and universities, The eLearning Center is a comprehensive collection of online courses from top providers and authors. As subsequent phases of the portal are released, many additional content providers will be added, offering a broad range of more than 25,000 online courses by the end of 2006. 

About Thomson Education Direct

Thomson Education Direct is the world’s largest distance learning organization and is part of the Thomson Corporation. Its aim is to make learning as accessible as possible, allowing busy people to get the skills, training, and education they want in a way that offers them complete flexibility.

Thomson Education Direct has been helping people achieve their goals for well over since 1890, when it pioneered a new way to learn, allowing people to study in their own homes. Today, from offices in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Canada, and Sydney, Thomson Education Direct follows the same principles but, with modern technology, including email and the internet, makes learning even more effective and convenient.

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Project Lead the Way Students Win Competition

Ohio Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students Keith Liddy of Medina County Career Center and Rick Barr of Kettering Fairmont High School were the first and third place winners, respectively, in the high school category of the second annual Extreme Redesign: The 3D Printing Challenge contest. The challenge is a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students organized by the Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc.

The design contest received submissions from more than 500 high school and college students across the world.  Independent judges from Harley-Davidson, S.C. Johnson, and Smart Design determined the winners based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity, and aesthetics. 

PLTW is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, institutions of higher education, and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the nation’s educational system. It has developed a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. Sinclair Community College is the Ohio affiliate for PLTW. 

Liddy’s design, a detachable cord reel, was pronounced “a simple but elegant solution” by the contest judges. Barr’s adaptive sandwich holder was likewise praised for its simplicity and ease of use.

Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys, praised the “overall quality, ingenuity, and creativity evident in (all) the designs.  “We are pleased to honor these students with scholarships to help them become tomorrow’s engineers, artists, and inventors,” said Cobb. “We look forward to an even bigger contest in 2006.”

First place contest winner Liddy will travel with his teacher, Dennis O’Brien, to an awards ceremony at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago. There, he will be presented with a $2,500 scholarship. In addition, O’Brien will receive a Dell laptop computer for his efforts in encouraging his students to participate in this year’s contest. Third place winner Barr will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

For more information about Ohio Project Lead the Way, call Deb Lukjanovs at deb.lukjanovs@sinclair.edu.

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Member Spotlight

St. Clair County Community College

St. Clair County Community College (MI) has immersed itself in the world of alternative energy and introduced opportunities for the community to listen and learn about the rapidly-growing field.

The college began development of alternative energy curriculum and events in 2004, and first saw success from those efforts with the Alternative Energy Symposium in April 2005. The event educated residents, economic planners, business and industry, farmers, and government leaders on emerging alternative, sustainable, and renewable energy technologies.

Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., launched the symposium with a keynote address, and industry experts debated topics. The public viewed displays and demonstrations close up at a technology exhibition.

Using momentum gained from the show, the college tapped into information provided by experts in the field to create an alternative-energy technology certificate program that is now available to students.

The program is unique to Michigan colleges. While similar programs at other institutions focus on technology for cars and trucks, St. Clair students are learning how to design, produce, and maintain stationary energy systems that will be used in situations such as powering buildings. The program includes wind, solar, and photovoltaic power.

The symposium and certificate are just the beginning. The college is working on an associate degree program in alternative energy that will be fully implemented in the fall 2006 semester.

The goal of both programs is to give local residents the education they need to begin a career in the expanding field of alternative energy development. The associate degree will also allow students to continue their skill development at various colleges or universities.

St. Clair also offered three alternative energy seminars in February. The college focused on ethanol development, solar energy, and the exploration of renewable energy options.

For details on St. Clair County Community College’s alternative energy programs and efforts, visit http://www.sc4.edu/energy.


If your institution would like to submit a story for the Member Spotlight section of League Connections, please contact Wendy Neil, Director, Membership Services, at neil@league.org for article requirements.

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