ERIC Number: ED503446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education, 2005-2007
Hause, Ellen M., Ed.
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1)
The goals of the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, supported by the National Science Foundation and administered by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), are to provide technical assistance and networking opportunities for the purpose of improving community college programs that prepare technicians in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program works with community colleges to establish connections for new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and national conferences; and to gain insight on building and sustaining new programs. MentorLinks features professional development opportunities for community colleges, with emphasis on beneficial mentoring relationships. Through a national grant competition, 10 community colleges and 10 mentors working in diverse areas of technician education were selected to participate in a two-year grant project beginning in October 2005. MentorLinks brings together community colleges seeking program support and pairs them with an experienced mentor in their discipline. All 10 of the MentorLinks Colleges in the 2005-2007 cohort made progress toward improving targeted technical education programs. They developed new or strengthened existing programs in biotechnology, geographic information systems, information technology, aquarium science, manufacturing technology, multimedia technology, and science literacy. They successfully worked with their mentors in the following areas: curriculum and materials design and development, implementation of changes in ongoing programs to be more responsive to industry and employer needs, training programs for faculty and staff, student recruitment, marketing initiatives, engagement of local industry and employers, increased recognition and program support among administrators, and program assessment. Their efforts resulted in the creation of new departments, degrees, and workforce development programs. MentorLinks' efforts in each of the 10 colleges and AACC MentorLinks Mentor Team members' profiles are highlighted in this project brief. A list of selected web resources is provided.
Descriptors: Mentors, Professional Development, Technical Assistance, Social Networks, Conferences (Gatherings), Meetings, Improvement Programs, Community Colleges, Science Education, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Industry, Information Systems, Biotechnology, Geographic Information Systems, Information Technology, Water, Environment, Manufacturing, Technology, Multimedia Materials, Scientific Literacy
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges