ERIC Number: EJ718613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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A Relationship with Great Chemistry
Gibbs, Hope J.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v80 n3 p28-35 Mar 2005
More than a decade ago, the United States Congress passed the Scientific and Advanced Technology Act, which authorized the Advanced Technological Education program (ATE). Through ATE, the National Science Foundation (NSF) was directed to develop models aimed at two-year colleges of advanced technological education in order to expand the nation's pool of skilled technicians and to increase and improve the nation's productivity and competitiveness globally in advanced technology fields--including chemical processing. But it is the mutually beneficial relationship between industry and educational institutions that has accelerated the evolution of process technology education. in 1996, the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance (GCPTA) was formed, and its first goal was to "standardize the core technical components of the degree program in process technology to meet industry needs." GCPTA pioneered the way for alliance partnerships such as the Louisiana LAPTEC Alliance, the Greater New Jersey Process Technology Alliance, the Oklahoma Partnership of Industry and Education Alliance and many more. And today, learning institutions and industry work together to produce highly skilled process technicians to secure the future of the chemical processing industry. This region of the country is now home to an exceptional group of schools offering the best in process technology education.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Technology Education, Community Colleges, School Business Relationship, Manufacturing Industry, Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Career Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: United States