ERIC Number: ED335065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Model 2 + 2 + 2 Tech Prep Program in Engineering Technology.
Hata, David M.
In 1986, Portland Community College (PCC) received federal funding to expand its pilot 2 + 2 Tech Prep program in engineering technology to include five local high schools and to link the program to the upper-division engineering technology program at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Program results included the following: (1) eight high school and three PCC instructors jointly developed a model high school curriculum that could be used as a template for change to standardize the curricula of the five separate high school cluster programs; (2) at the request of the high school instructors, seven 1-day workshops were held, focusing on key elements of the high school curriculum; (3) three formal articulation agreements were signed, specifying the high school courses in analog circuits and digital circuits eligible for college credit; (4) while the content of PCC's and OIT's lower-division programs matched closely, two special interface courses were developed to help prepare PCC students to make the transition to OIT's upper-division program, and relations between PCC and OIT faculty were strengthened by annual meetings; (5) industry has supported the program through equipment donations and provision of cooperative education positions for second-year electronic engineering students; (6) promotional and informational materials were developed and on-site consultations have taken place to bring the program to the attention of other educators and help them replicate it; and (7) while only 31% of the high school students participating in the program earned college credit during its first year, this figure rose to 70% by the program's third year. A completed articulation agreement and sample course sequences from the student guidebook are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Consortia, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Electronics, Engineering Technology, High Schools, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, School Business Relationship, Secondary School Curriculum, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland Community Coll., OR.