ERIC Number: ED250028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Establishing Chemical Technology Programs.
Hajian, Harry G.
In light of the increasing demand for well-prepared chemical technicians, this paper provides suggestions for two-year colleges interested in initiating or upgrading a chemical technology program. Introductory comments indicate that, from the industry standpoint, chemical technicians are invaluable, but inadequate in numbers and often unprepared. Next, a brief history of the development of technician training programs in the United States is presented, emphasizing events that have influenced educational directions. The paper then outlines steps for the development of a chemical technology program, arguing that the program can best be maintained by a faculty member designated as the Coordinator of Chemical Technology, who takes responsibility for recruiting students, developing procedures for academic advisement, instituting an advisory committee, interacting with the department chair, coordinating curriculum activities, and developing student job placement services. Next, the paper provides information on the chemical technology curriculum, emphasizing that while the curriculum is geared toward immediate employment the option of further education should always be open to all students. Finally, the plans of the American Chemical Society for developing a certification/approval process for chemical technology programs are discussed. Appendices illustrate various aspects of the curriculum, texts, courses, career options, and curriculum tracks related to the chemical technology program. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Committee on Chemistry in the Two-Year Colleges (85th, San Diego, CA, October 19-20, 1984).