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ERIC Number: EJ769321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
A Global Tech Ed View from Central Europe
Millson, David
Tech Directions, v64 n5 p22-26 Dec 2004
One often hears about the need to prepare American technical education students to compete in the burgeoning global manufacturing community. In addition, one hears experts say that learning certain programs and techniques can put the youth first in line for jobs where beating the offshore competition depends on production speed, product quality, and innovative process concepts. Regarding these concerns, Americans are not alone. This article looks at the experience of the Tehniski Solski Center Nova Gorica--the Technical School Center in Nova Gorica (TSCNG) in the Republic of Slovenia. Nova Gorica lies by the Italian border, between the Alps and the sea. A town grown from the ruins of World War II, Nova Gorica's economic development targets restructuring industry and the promotion of small businesses, particularly via the introduction of new environment-friendly technology, exploiting its border location, and ensuring the flow of capital. Secondary school technology teacher Branko Jerie, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, is determined to prepare his students to fill the need for skilled technicians in their own country. By doing so, he will prepare them to compete for jobs in other manufacturing centers of Europe, pitting their skills against the world market. Jerie's work has broken new ground for the expansion of CAD/CAM/CNC curricula in Slovenia and concentrically in Central Europe. [This article was written with Branko Jerie.] (Contains 6 photos.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; Slovenia