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Title: South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence

South Carolina Advanced Technological
Education Center of Excellence
  • In touch with industry
  • through
  • Engineering Technology
  • Education

The Need Tremendous Demand for Engineering
  • Record-breaking investments in SC since 95.
  • 100,000 new jobs since 95.
  • Shortage of engineering technicians exists
    nationally and in South Carolina.
  • More than 15,000 technology-intensive jobs
    unfilled in SC, according to SC Technology

Career Opportunities
  • Number of technician jobs projected to increase
    20 percent from 1996 to 2006, according to U.S.
    Bureau of Labor.
  • Nationally, median earnings for an engineering
    technician fall between 20,200 and

Ride the ET Wave
  • SC Advanced Technological Education can help
    students ride the high-tech wave that is
    revolutionizing the way the world does business.

What do engineering technicians do?
  • Support the work of engineers and scientists.
  • Work with
  • Manufacturing.
  • Engineering operation.
  • Product design and development.
  • Process design.
  • Quality control.
  • Production.

ET careers offer
  • A good job with good pay.
  • Challenges and rewards.
  • Teamwork.
  • An opportunity to find practical solutions to
    technical problems.
  • A chance to implement solutions through hands-on

The SC ATE Vision
  • Increase the quantity, quality and diversity of
    engineering technicians in South Carolina.

Tools being used to meet student learning needs.
  • Industry-modeled faculty and student teams.
  • Learning science, mathematics, technology and
    communications in the context of solving
    real-world industry problems.
  • Hands-on, active learning in the classroom.

SC ATE Curriculum
  • Technology Gateway Integrates communications,
    mathematics and physics/technology and includes
    career exploration. Three courses taken
  • First-year Engineering Technology Core
    Concurrent study of mathematics, physics,
    communications and technology. ET Core is for
    students enrolling in any ET major.

ET Associate Degree Programs include
  • Electronics engineering technology
  • Engineering graphics technology
  • Mechanical engineering technology
  • Civil engineering technology
  • Chemical engineering technology
  • General engineering technology

Strengths of the SC ATE Experience
  • Very high student success rate.
  • Every day answers the question Why am I learning
  • Ties together the subject areas of mathematics,
    science, engineering technology and
  • Uses student teams to solve industry problems.

Strengths of SC ATE
  • Additional support is provided from instructors
    because they are part of a teaching team.
  • Provides more hands-on instruction, giving
    students an opportunity to apply what they are
  • Equips students for the workplace.

SC ATE Results
  • The SC ATE approach greatly reduces the student
    dropout rate in engineering technology programs.
  • More than 90 percent of students who participated
    in the curriculum pilot study have continued
    their course of study and are doing well.
  • 90 of SC technical colleges plan to implement SC
    ATE within 2 years.

Industry Support
  • SC Department of Commerce SC Technology
    Alliance are state-level partners in the SC ATE
    Scholars initiative.
  • ATE colleges and local industries are forming
    Scholars consortia.

SC ATE Scholars
  • Industries offer students competitive technical
    college scholarships and work experience.
  • Industries are involved in selecting students.
  • Industries will benefit from more workplace-ready

ATE student comments
  • I think if you know how everything fits together
    and how you will use it that it will be easier to
    learn and remember.
  • The integrated curriculum has prepared me so
    that I will be able to apply what I have learned
    to my job and have a better understanding of
    what is expected of me.

SC ATE Center of Excellence
  • Producing greater numbers of more highly skilled
    engineering technicians for the South Carolina
  • Preparing students for the technology-intensive
    workplace of today -- and tomorrow.