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In This Issue

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Featured Resources in Lasers and Photonics

From Midwest Photonics Education Center:

Industrial Lasers and their use in the Manufacturing of Medical Devices

These slides were presented by K. Erickson at the Lasers in Manufacturing Symposium hosted by the Midwest Photonics Education Center and industrial laser company Trumpf Inc. Symposium speakers "highlighted topics such as laser sources, applications and integration, design considerations for laser welding, laser use in manufacturing medical devices, and advances in 3D metal printing." This presentation discusses industrial lasers and the use of lasers in manufacturing medical devices. Information is included on batteries and capacitors, seam welding, electrical connections, coating ablation, laser micromachining, and more. This PDF is available free for download. Other Symposium presentations are available to view and download separately.

From National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC):

OP-TEC Photonics Career Videos

This page from OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, contains videos of successful two-year college technical program students and graduates. The audience for these videos are teachers, counselors, students and parents. The video subjects explain who they worked for, what they do, how they became interested in photonics and who helped or encouraged them. The videos range from two to five minutes and are hosted on YouTube.

From Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Center Manufacturing (Laser-Tec):

Laser and Fiber Optics Professional Development Opportunities

This page from Laser-Tec, the Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Center, details professional development opportunities for educators to incorporate lasers and fiber optics into their curricula. The page explains how "a course in lasers can be added to revive any electronics, engineering technology, manufacturing, or industrial technology program" and "a course in fiber optics can modernize your program and increase your enrollment." The professional development opportunities include a laser and fiber optics workshop for high school educators, a free online course on the Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, and a free workshop on Corning Cable Systems.

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Community Connection

The Difference One Semester Can Make

Based at The University of Texas' College of Education, the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSSE) focuses on research related to student engagement at community and technical colleges. Their deep commitment to improving educational quality and student success produces research data and reports that can and should inform the work being done by those of us in the ATE community. These include a number of initiatives that focus on qualitative research as well as various national reports, which are disseminated broadly to a wide variety of audiences including educators, education researchers and organizations, and the media.

A good example of the excellent work being done by the Center is a recent report titled Even One Semester: Full-Time Enrollment and Student Success. This report explores data and correlations between levels of attendance, student experiences, and related issues like completion. The report is a pleasure to read and is filled with graphics, quotes, and photos that help contextualize the data and ground the research in the reality of today's community college environment.

The report encourages readers to consider redefining the various types of attendance and posits that many of us tend to think about students as being either full-time or part-time. Their redefinition expands to include a third type of attendance pattern that, according to their data, is actually the dominant type – this is what they call a "fluid attendance pattern." From the data they collected, almost 55% of students who have attended college for at least three terms fall into this attendance category. This means that they are full-time for some semesters and part-time for others. According to the report, less than 20% of students are always full-time and about 30% are always part-time.

The benefits of full-time attendance, even for one semester, were surprisingly broad with students gaining access to more support on campus (better orientations, more time to connect with others, better access to faculty) as well as consistently higher levels of engagement and a higher likelihood of completing both important gateway courses as well as ultimately earning credentials.

At a practical level, the report also provides advice for educators and administrators, including the rather simple step of asking each student, "Is there any way you could attend college full-time, even for one semester?" They also encourage conversations around issues related to completion time and work/school/life balance. The report highlights a number of initiatives around the country that have been put in place that encourage full-time attendance, providing salient details and some impact data.

For those in the ATE community the report could prove useful at a number of levels. Here are a few ideas that come to mind:

  • Use the report data to help support the needs section in a grant proposal
  • Use data from the report as a benchmark when looking at your own student's attendance patterns
  • When considering program improvement, share the report with colleagues, industry partners or others to brainstorm ways to increase full-time attendance
  • As applicable, use data or quotes from the report in annual reporting
  • Use the report as the basis for professional development trainings – helping faculty and administrators develop strategies for upping full-time attendance
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ATE Success Tips: Outreach

Knowing Your Audience

When developing an outreach strategy, focusing on a target audience is essential to success, according to research evaluating effectiveness of outreach programs and campaigns. Once you have identified the goals and objectives central to your outreach efforts, brainstorm who, specifically, could benefit from making them happen. For ATE projects and centers, primary and secondary audiences vary and may include students, faculty, industry partners, campus administrators, and select policy/decision makers on and off campus. The key thing to remember is that there is no such thing as the "general public." In other words, outreach materials aimed at the "general public" are usually considered too broad to be effective. And don't forget your funders - the National Science Foundation and other philanthropic and federal agencies are important secondary audiences for all grantees to consider.


Did You Know?

According to U.S. Department of Education's IPEDs data, 5.8 million students took at least one online course in the fall of 2014.

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News & Reminders

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