ERIC Number: ED394560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Don't Go to a Restaurant To Get a Taste of Tech! Come to the Community College.
In the fall of 1994, the Industrial Technology Division at Michigan's Monroe Community College experienced its first decline in enrollment in 29 years. In response, the division chair and faculty developing a plan to increase enrollment by targeting the following populations: (1) employed adults who would like to upgrade their skills; (2) pre-engineering students who might need to fall back on technology careers; and (3) high school students. With the assistance of other faculty, staff, and administrators, an event called "A Taste of Tech" was held for 112 participants. Following a food theme, the event included creative items such as a "menu" for the event; meal tickets to track the number of "entrees," or activities, students attended; and "taste treats," or 8- to 12-minute events with hands-on activities in labs. The event served as a vehicle to get Division faculty involved in a unified activity to promote technology programs. Fall 1995 enrollment data indicated that technology enrollments increased by 6.5%, while all other enrollments dropped by 2.98%. Recommendations from evaluations of the event included scheduling the event earlier in the school year so that students can have more time to make career decisions. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Monroe County Community College MI
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.