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Department of Applied Technology
Advisory Board

Thursday, March 26, 2009
7:30 a.m.
Rhoades Hall


Doug Clark, Matric Ltd.
Kay Ensle, Venango Campus
Robert Garrity, Venango Technology Center
Rod Griffin, Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
Bill Hallock, Venango Campus
Kyle Herron, Webco
Susan Hileman, Northwest Industrial Resource Center
Cortney Huber, Venango Campus
Lance Hummer, Keystone Community Education Council
Jennifer Kafferlin, Precision Manufacturing Institute
Dave Lott, Venango Campus
Tim McMahon, Triangle Tech Group
Chris Reber, Venango Campus
Scott Wyman, Penelec


Jon DeArment, Channellock, Inc.
Neil Donovan, Crawford County Career Center
Jon Frazier, Penelec
Butch Hargenrader, Pepsi Bottling
Dave Hartley, Clarion University
Barry Kibbey, National Hardwood Lumber Association
Mike Klapec, Klapec Auto Body Inc.
Kyle Mattison, Current AAS-IT Student
Jeff Miccichi, Conair
Jerry Miller, Joy Manufacturing
Paul Newlin, Regional Center for Workforce Excellence
William Powell, Clarion Career Center
Joe Reed, Current AAS-IT Student
Barry Reiser, Tech Molded Plastics
Randy Seitz, Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism
Mike Shontz, Webco (AAS-IT Grad.)
Thomas Wood, Electralloy

Bill Hallock opened the meeting at 7:35 a.m. and welcomed everyone in attendance.
Chris Reber followed with opening remarks.
• The Applied Technology program is continuously developing and following in its vision.
• With accreditation this has been an action packed year.
• Many areas are working in various levels of accreditation, Applied Tech. with NAIT
• Associates and Bachelors with Nursing.
• Site visits for Rehabilitation Tech.
• Respiratory Care.
• 3 Bachelors degree programs are under construction.
• Apartment construction also continues to support the academic needs of the region.

Approval of Minutes
Bob Garrity read for approval, Dave Lott Motioned to approve, Tim McMahon seconded, approved unanimously.

Bill Hallock continued with explanation of "Umbrella" accreditation through NAIT in which each individual concentration is not accredited separately but the Industrial Technology degree as a whole will be seeking accreditation.

Approval of Program Outcomes
Doug Clark motioned to approve, Tim McMahon seconded the approval, and all were in favor, approved unanimously.

Approval of Graduate Survey and Employer Survey
Doug Clark motioned to approve, Chris Reber seconded the approval taking under advisement, and all were in favor, approved unanimously.

Bill Hallock noted that the survey will be intended to go out every 2 years.

How will the surveys be used? What types of actions will be taken from the results? (Dave Lott)

The surveys will be used to figure out if we have the right 11 courses and to find what is valuable to their current job or future job. The main objective is to fund the right mix of general education courses. (Bill Hallock)

Feedback helps to show were additional research is needed to find the best mix. (Chris Reber)

Where does feedback come from the technical side? (Lance Hummer)

As we grow with the program some sort of evaluation will be created for each technical area to survey graduates. (Bill Hallock)

NAIT Accreditation-Site Visit (Bill Hallock)
• NAIT is making name change to expand their resources
• Approval Process- Site team visit- final approval at National Convention in Kentucky
• Process of working with technical partners to meet standards (60).
• Site chair seems happy with what we have done
• April 20-21st- site team visit. Will be visiting & tour partner sites
• All courses reviews, textbooks, coursework, etc.
• Luncheon with Advisory Board to meet with current & past students as well advisory board members.
• Upon exit interview after team visit their will be a recommendation for accreditation
• May recommend for 2-year review
• Accreditation will allow the department to show a standard and validate programs.
• Finished copies of the self-study will be bound later today and sent out.

Review of Survey (Bill Hallock)
• Bachelor degree completion- 93% responded Yes
• This information helps when talking to students who may want to continue on.
• Gives more accurate idea of possible wages/promotions with advanced education.
• Varies upon industry.
• Most companies do give tuition assistance.

Question #7 is the meat of what we are looking for. Finding what employers are looking for in graduates. Most were industry specific with a combination of business and management style courses. Also certifications were highly important and there is a possibility to look into offering specialized certifications on a rotating basis. (Bill Hallock)

There is a lot of need for HR type certification. It is very important to have those skills to move up the ladder. (Bob Garrity)

A small percentage of linemen move out of that roll because of the pay, but those who do come out of that roll need a lot of help in the management and business area. It would be beneficial to have a Bachelor degree in that scenario and have more general and business courses. (Scott Wyman)

What would be available to associate degree students to customize in their area? (Bob Garrity)

A second follow up survey to show what courses available- partners/employers can see which would be most suitable and viable for their needs. (Bill Hallock)

Industry specific representatives could lead to what types of courses are needed. (Lance Hummer)

Depending on the job, there are specific things that they need to be proficient with. Not dependent on associate or bachelor but their technical skills. They also need to have people skills + working with teams + soft skills. (Doug Clark)

Not everyone has people skills. Their can be some sort of assessment done to assess the soft skills of the students. (Rod Griffin)

During hands on testing of technical skills, current employees facilitate testing to evaluate candidates by their communication skills and their personal actions during the tech. test. (Kyle Herron)

There could be a capstone test to give students a feel for these assessments and tools. This could be integrated into the INDT 298 course. (Bill Hallock)

Personality tests vs. psychology tests, personality strengths seem to be more beneficial as a predictor. (Lance Hummer)

Line supervisors are not required to hold a degree but they are required to have and understand all the job requirements as well as business and communication ability. (Scott Wyman)

Degree will be completely online. This will be much more flexible and cheaper than attending classes on campus. The University as a whole is growing online to keep students pursuing higher degree levels. (Bill Hallock)

The associate degree is based on a partnership model. The Bachelor will be a continuation that works with employer's schedule. Building in a dynamic way to allow students to work at their own pace. (Chris Reber)

The curriculum plan has to be presented and approved in the fall and can start the following fall (projected for 2010). This will likely be offered on a part time basis, any comments are welcome to help in developing this. (Bill Hallock)

Open House/ Summer Camp- Career Awareness
How would be best to approach this? We would like to do something this/next summer, concept wise would a summer camp be best? (Bill Hallock)

The second Allied Health Career Camp is coming this summer. For the long term it would be recruitment from HS students. During the Allied Heath Camp, students stay in the apartments for one week during the summer and attend different activities and meetings daily with professionals. (Chris Reber)

A camp like this could allow students to do visits with technical partners (Bill Hallock).

There are some opportunities for students to work and get paid. (Lance Hummer)

Exposing students to different areas each day, each day could be a different technical area or job. (Susan Hileman)

The Non-Traditional girl's career day exposed them to show the realistic possibilities for women to have these types of jobs. (Bill Hallock)

There could be a day camp for surrounding HS's and they could tour our local facilities. (Lance Hummer)

Some guidance counselors don't really guide students towards these opportunities and are very college oriented. Others are very on board with non traditional programs. Summer could be the time to get a more captive audience as opposed to during the school day. Also summer visits can be better planned. (Bill Hallock)

Encouraging the option of allowing them to stay over night- gains a good experience. (Susan Hileman)

Yes, students get the feel for the student experience. (Chris Reber)

We will have 88 apartments available after the new buildings open. (Bill Hallock)

Several industry partners are looking to do a variety of career awareness activities, and this is an opportunity to show a variety of careers. (Bill Hallock)

A lot of industries are interested in hosting these types of things. The main question for most is the availability of funding.

School to work partnership ended when the money ran out and people were pulled from the project.

Warren County continued on and funded their events themselves. (Lance Hummer)

Expenses are mostly with busing, food and apartments. The possibility of doing a week long event will be explored for summer but if not possible a shortened version could be held. (Bill Hallock)

HS's could be asked to add this as a student or graduation requirement of some sort. (Lance Hummer)

Other Notes

Battle Bots is coming in April. This would be a great opportunity to do a booth as they have a huge turn out at these events. (Susan Hileman)

Also we need to keep in mind that a lot of people do not want to leave the NW PA area to find jobs. It is important to stay relevant to our local industries.

Next meeting- Fall 2009

Motion to Adjourn 9 a.m.

Motion to adjourn was made by Bob Garrity, All were in favor.