ERIC Number: ED351051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-2
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Chemical Technology at the Community College of Rhode Island: Curricular Approaches Designed To Reflect the Demands of a Diverse Population Entering Chemical Technology Programs.
In an effort to provide nontraditional students with the same opportunity as traditional students to reach the highest level of skills and competencies associated with hi-tech, high-wage employment, the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) offers alternatives to its historically successful full-time day program in chemical technology. Certificate as well as associate in applied science (AAS) degree programs have been established. Of those who complete the certificate course, 28% remain in the program and matriculate to upper-division general education courses and eventually receive enough credits to be awarded the associate degree in chemical technology. The programs are laboratory intensive, with a three-to-one ratio of laboratory time to lecture time, and may be taken as a full- or part-time day program, or as a part-time night and weekend program. Rather than focusing on the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry, the laboratory-driven approach to program delivery utilizes a "continuum of chemical information" model which centers the development of operative (i.e., laboratory and technique) and cognitive (i.e., conceptual chemistry) skills. Students receive individual attention when they have difficulty grasping the conceptual aspects of the program. Customized courses, and full degree programs have also been designed through CCRI to meet the needs of individual companies and their employees, with classes held in either the workplace or in college facilities. Requirements for the AAS and the certificate in Chemical Technology, a chart of the continuum of chemical information model, and lab experiment listings are attached. (MAB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Chemical Technicians, Chemistry, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Degree Requirements, Educational Certificates, Job Training, Nontraditional Students, Program Development, Retraining, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Technical Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Chemical Technology; Community College of Rhode Island
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (12th, Davis, CA, August 2-6, 1992).