ERIC Number: ED397220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Technology (Laboratory Analysis and Environmental Sampling) Curriculum Development Project. Final Report.
Hinojosa, Oscar V.; Guillen, Alfonso
A project assessed the need and developed a curriculum for environmental technology (laboratory analysis and environmental sampling) in the emerging high technology centered around environmental safety and health in Texas. Initial data were collected through interviews by telephone and in person and through onsite visits. Additional data was collected through a task analysis/needs assessment survey of a representative sample taken from manufacturers in and outside the Rio Grande Valley and the independent environmental laboratories in the state. Onsite interviews with environmental technicians and professionals expanded or confirmed the information base. Results indicated a need for 568 technicians in laboratory analysis and 276 in environmental sampling over the next 5 years. Employers indicated two-year technical and community colleges as the minimum level of formal education for entry-level employment. A curriculum was drafted and revised to incorporate committee input and results of the needs assessment. In its final form, the proposed curriculum consisted of 10 environmental technology courses and 9 chemical technology courses and would involve 99 credit hours over 6 quarters or 72 credit hours over 4 semesters and 1 summer session. (The 18-page report is accompanied by these appendixes: steering committee minutes; survey and site visit results; sample population lists; curriculum and course descriptions; data tables, charts, and comparisons; 84-item bibliography; and guide to enviromental acronyms.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Technical Coll., Harlingen.