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Clarion University–Venango Campus
Department of Applied Technology
Industrial Technology Advisory Board
December 8th, 2009 7:30 am

Attending: Connie Bauer (for William Powell), Robert Garrity, Rod Griffin, Bill Hallock, Dave Hartley, Susan Hileman, Cortney Huber, Mike Klapec, Dave Lott, Tim McMahon, Chris Reber, Joe Reed, Barry Reiser, Scott Wyman.

Absent: Doug Clark, Jon DeArment, Neil Donovan, Kay Ensle, Jon Frazier, Lisa Groner, Butch Hargenrader, Kyle Herron, Lance Hummer, Jennifer Kafferlin, Barry Kibbey, Denise McCloskey, Jerry Miller, Paul Newlin, William Powell, Randy Seitz, Mike Shontz, Thomas Wood.
7:35 am: Welcome by Dr. Hallock
7:40 am: Dr. Reber

  • There have been many completed projects at the Campus since the last meeting. The student apartment construction has been completed as well as work on the pond.
  • The Industrial Technology program gained accreditation through ATMAE in November.
7:50 am: Approval of Minutes
  • March 26, 2009 meeting minutes
  • Corrections noted: Page 5, Battle Bots, Comment by Susan Hileman
  • Minutes approved as corrected.
Chairman's Report by Bob Garrity
  • Statewide Articulation Agreements between Postsecondary Institutions and Secondary schools.
    • All Postsecondary Institutions receiving Perkins funds are required to award college-level credit or the equivalent to students that apply that credit towards the completion of the approved PA Department of Education (PDE) Program of Study.
    • This will lead to an industry-recognized credential at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
    • Students will be able to transition from a Vo-Tech or career training type of school into another college without delays or repeat coursework.
  • The PDE planned to be able to approve 32 programs per year. The first year they were able to approve 7 programs.
    • Welding was the first to be approved by the state at Vo-Tech.
  • Through the standardizing and Articulation Agreement, educators and students have a set of guidelines that will be followed across the board instead of on a case-by-case basis or school-by-school basis.
  • Students will be able to earn up to 9 college level credits.
    • This allows for student to advance and recognizes student accomplishments at the post-secondary level.
  • The PDE is developing standardized testing for each area of study and recognizes certification testing in each area.
  • The Venango Campus is a Perkins funded school. The campus is also going to be part of this Articulation Agreement. Students will be able to earn up to 9 credits towards their degree program from courses taken at Vo-Tech. This will help students in the "ladder approach" to their education and working towards a Bachelor degree. (Dr. Hallock)
  • The market is going to become very competitive for jobs and those who hold multiple certifications will have the best opportunities. (Dr. Hallock)
  • The Vo-Tech center has held Articulation Agreements for 25 years. Previously they were only from school-to-school. Now that it will be state wide it eliminates individual schools from having to go through the process each time. (Bob Garrity)
  • Employers will benefit by seeing the same educational standards across the board. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Schools will be more in line with each other. (Bob Garrity)
  • The computer program in the Industrial Technology degree is the starting point for the campus and the plan is to work towards more programs being involved. (Dr. Reber)
  • The Articulation Agreement will also help to recruit by saving some cost for the students. They could potentially save approximately $3,000 for the 9 credits they could come into the program with. (Dr. Hallock)
  • As a student, it was difficult in the past to find schools that would accept past career school training. This will greatly help other students by allowing them to more easily transfer and get credits for previous work completed. (Joe Reed)
  • Will this mean students transferring credits in will take fewer credits? (Dr. Lott)
  • Students will be responsible to earn all the necessary credits required by the campus and its partners. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Previously, credits were awarded to student after completion of required courses or the second successful semester. (Bob Garrity)
Student Report by Joe Reed
  • The Electromechanical program at PMI is a great program that covers a lot of different skills and helps a great deal with employability.
  • Works for USA Compression
  • Career/Tech Schools are just as challenging if not more so in some ways.
  • Students sometimes believe that technical schools are the easy way out academically but often learn otherwise in spite of themselves. (Bob Garrity)
ATMAE Accreditation by Dr. Hallock
  • Clarion University-Venango Campus was the only school that seemed to go through the approval process easily. There were about 4 partial non-compliance items looked at.
  • There are a lot of community colleges who are interested in moving their students into bachelor degree programs.
  • The Industrial Technology program was accredited for 4 years. Then it will go through the re-accreditation process and the next evaluation would come at 6 years.
  • When the bachelors program is complete hopefully it will fall into this cycle.
  • NAIT - ATMAE name change. The name change was necessary to allow broader accreditation. Now programs that are business-technology oriented can be accredited. The name change did not change the core value of what they do. (ATMAE=The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering)
  • The web site will be updated shortly to reflect our accreditation.
  • How does the school decide which accreditation to go for? (Susan Hileman)
  • The schools have to look for what different types of accreditation are available and what matches up with their programs. (Dr. Hallock)
  • The state system also sanctions which accreditations are available and approved. (Dr. Reber)
Bachelor Degree Completion Program by Dr. Hallock
  • There have been some curriculum changes in the Associate degree program to lead into the Bachelor degree program. The bulk of the Bachelor degree completion will be 300-400 level courses.
  • The University has approved the proposed Bachelor program.
  • The Board of Governors is the next step in the approval process.
  • No new courses are needed; they are already available through other departments.
  • There is uncertainty with how long it will take Harrisburg to act on it. They are only able to approve a limited number. (Dr. Reber)
  • The program will allow student to graduate from the Associate Degree program and go to work. Then they will be able to work flexibly online to finish the degree.
  • Neighboring community colleges should embrace this program and will help to market it as it will benefit their students. (Dr. Reber)
Related Items
  • The St. Mary's program was originally going to be part-time. The need was much greater than expected so it moved to full-time. The government paid dislocated workers way to go to school while receiving unemployment benefits. They are very non-traditional students and there is a large age range. These adults are recognizing that it is a lot harder to return to school after 40 years. It is very important to reach the students at a younger age. The university hopes to move the concept used for the St. Mary's program into other areas. (Dr. Hallock)
  • The partnership model that we use has allowed the university to address the needs and move quickly to fill them, such as the need in St. Mary's. (Dr. Reber)
  • The Venango Campus and Clarion University as a whole is able to respond very quickly and get things moving. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Wind Energy has not been killed. There is trouble in finding a partner who is able to get the program going. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Cal. U has a curriculum that they will "lend" to the campus in Agile Robotics. Cal. U receives funding for this program through the Department of Defense. The Venango Campus is working to decide how to use this opportunity with Cal. (Dr. Hallock)
  • More schools are moving towards "Mechatronics" which is broader than electromechanical or agile robotics.
  • There is a new opportunity with a Licensed Auctioneering program that is unique to our area. Nothing currently exists locally. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Partners with Mechatronics could likely be in areas like the gas and oil industry that would use this type of technology for safety. (Dr. Hartley)
  • Marcellus Shale will be a huge boom of job opportunities within the state. It will bring many opportunities to our students. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Some instructors at PMI have discussed changing to mechatronics from electromechanical. (Joe Reed)
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Kafferlin on behalf of Chuck Guiste, PMI
  • Item moved from agenda. Both were unable to attend.
Assessment Tools/ WorkKeys by Susan Hileman
Intro: Students need to work on "soft-skills" as well as academics. The capstone course for industrial technology students will integrate soft-skills to help make the students aware. (Dr. Hallock)
  • PA WorkKeys Assessment
    • Assessment can be approached from employer, educator or self-view.
    • Can determine what careers a student may be good at.
    • Can determine if they fit into a certain job.
    • Can assess personal skills or foundation skills.
  • There are 20 different types of assessments; each area has a different assessment.
  • Profile Evaluation- Profiles the person to the needs of a certain job.
  • WorkKeys:
    • Takes what skills are necessary for a particular job.
    • Covers: tasks, tools, technology, knowledge, skills, ability, work activities (detailed specific to an occupation), job zones (levels or areas within an occupation), interests, work styles, job values, related occupations, wages and employment trends.
  • www.ONetCenter.Org
  • A National Career Readiness Certification is available to those who complete the assessment.
  • WorkKeys Personal Skills Assessment measures:
    • Performance- A job applicant's tendency toward unsafe behaviors and attitudes toward work.
    • Talent- Predicts characteristics such as cooperation, discipline, influence, and stability.
    • Fit- Applicants' interests and values to determine the fit between a candidate and occupations in an organization.
  • After profile is complete the applicant is given a score "range" and the number of occupations applicable to the test taker.
  • The state is looking to improve their standards through these assessments.
  • WorkKeys requires a designated testing center to give the assessments and there is a cost.
  • There are practice tests available.
  • Overall a well developed assessment tool.
  • Is this one exam, or are there different exams for each occupational area? (Dr. Hartley)
  • There are more specific tests and broader testing areas, such as "manufacturing". (Susan Hileman)
  • Would students be pre-tested before going into training or after they complete their program, which could be to late? (Dr. Lott)
  • That is something that we need to look into and find how the assessments can help us. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Do they assess personality enough as well as the skills? (Rod Griffin)
  • The test can make the student aware of what they need to improve on. (Dr. Hallock)
  • Business graduates take an exam during the capstone course. They take the results and use them for program assessment as well as giving them to the student to show them where they may need to improve. (Dr. Hartley)
  • For the next spring meeting, I plan to work with the WorkKeys assessment further and will also be looking at other assessments for soft-skills. (Dr. Hallock)
9:00 am: Good of the Order
  • Congratulations to Bill on successfully defending his dissertation. (Dr. Reber)
  • Next Meeting TBD Spring 2010