ERIC Number: ED231451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-19
Reference Count: 0
Catching Up: Faculty Technological Upgrade through Return to Industry.
Parsons, Michael H.
Since its inception in 1978, Hagerstown Junior College's (HJC's) Return-to-Industry Project has provided a model for addressing the problem of vocational and technical faculty keeping abreast of technological changes in their field. The project, which was funded by a 5-year Appalachian Regional Development grant, returned occupational faculty to industrial settings to reinforce, update, or expand their skills and knowledge. A faculty member wishing to participate in the project submitted a proposal, indicating area of specialization, tasks to be undertaken, time and resources required, host industry, and applicability of the experience to teaching. Subsequent to proposal approval, a three-part evaluation design was followed, including an on-site assessment, a summary report by a college evaluator, and a plan prepared by the instructor analyzing how the experience would be integrated into his/her teaching responsibilities. During the grant period, 14 of HJC's 15 occupational program clusters and 71% of its eligible faculty participated in the project. In all cases, the faculty member performed valuable services for the host industry, understanding between the host industry and HJC was increased, and experiences proved applicable to the teaching/learning situation. Despite lack of continuing grant support, HJC's Return-to-Industry Project will be maintained through college and state funds and personnel exchange with industry. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the New Jersey Consortium on the Community College, Inc. on "Vocational Education in the Community College" (Atlantic City, NJ, May 19, 1983).