ERIC Number: ED400896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Interdependence through Partnerships: Transforming Education.
Simone, Beverly S.
At Wisconsin's Madison Area Technical College (MATC), both external and internal partnerships are a fundamental part of instructional programming. As the need for technological and mathematical competence in the workforce has increased, partnerships between the college and business and industry have become more important and represent an interdependence between MATC and area industry. MATC's external partnerships help fill needs related to curriculum development, program formation and evaluation, and the enhancement of student learning. New programs are scrutinized to insure that local, state, and regional trends will support them. In addition, 33 of MATC's 93 programs have dedicated internships, work experiences, or clinical affiliations which place program students directly into local companies and provide a strong link to many businesses. MATC also enters into formal agreements between business/industry sponsors and program students, in which businesses agree to provide an internship site and an on-site mentor for students. Current partnered programs include an agriculture equipment technology program with John Deere Ag Tech, an automotive technology program with Chrysler, and a bioprocess manufacturing program with a consortium of companies engaged in fermentation and bioprocessing. Other external partnerships are maintained with other higher education institutions for program articulation, links to programs, and faculty cooperation, as well as with K-12 systems. MATC has also created internal partnerships, in which teachers study, share, and create better learning experiences together through seminars courses, and inservice activities. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Madison Area Technical Coll., WI.
Identifiers - Location: Canada