Technical, Technology, STEM Education, April 2018

 
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  • Community College MakerSpaces Offer Work-Based-Learning in California
  • "What's So Cool About Manufacturing," Contest in Pennsylvania
  • BMW Investing to Expand its Training in the United States
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Community College MakerSpaces Offer Work-Based-Learning in California

The CCC Maker Initiative is offering internships and work-based learning experiences for students through 24 California Community College makerspaces, where students gain technical, entrepreneurial  and work-ready skills sought by employers. 

"Makerspaces are widely recognized now as adaptive labs where learning is contextualized," said Sierra College Superintendent/President Wiley Duncan. "Faculty can offer meaningful projects tied to curriculum and students gain practical skills by interacting with industry partners. In a college makerspace, students practice innovation, develop problem-solving skills, and connect to industry partners in cutting edge-fields. It is very motivating for students to see the application of what they have learned in the classroom."

Sierra College is serving as the administrator and fiscal agent of the $17 

 

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"What's So Cool About Manufacturing," Contest in Pennsylvania

While there are many initiatives across the country to encourage young students to study STEM subjects and pursue technical careers, one effort does this in a way that pairs learning about manufacturing with developing video production skills. The "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" contest is an annual event that allows students from across the state of Pennsylvania to explore different career options in manufacturing by meeting with a local company, and then creating and filming a video that explores that company's product and services. This opportunity provides the student with experience in planning, scripting and shooting video content, while at the same time exposes them to what it is like working in the manufacturing industry, and the different types of career options offered.

The contest, which is funded under a 2013 grant from the Pennsylvania

 

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BMW Investing to Expand its Training in the United States

BMW seeks to boost the annual number of technicians who graduate from the training centers it owns by about 800, says Denise Melville, Department Head at BMW Group University. BMW's U.S. dealerships need to add more than 1,500 each year to cover turnover and new positions.

BMW owns training centers at its headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and in Ontario, CA, Schaumburg, IL, Atlanta, Oxnard, CA, and Spartanburg, SC.

In Atlanta, BMW is building a new campus that will quadruple its training space, Melville says. The new 12,000-square-foot site will have 12 classrooms. The renovated site in Ontario will add 12 classrooms, along with a body and paint shop. BMW is also adding training space at its New Jersey center, and a new building at the Spartanburg training facility. 

 

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