June 20, 2011
The Technological Education Pathways Partnership (TEPP) will establish a technician career pathway program at the 11th and 12th grade levels and vertically align that program with two years of community college coursework. The STEM Vertical Alignment Model will be developed and published in monograph form to shape the project deliverables and facilitate their dissemination. TEPP will address standards-driven concepts and skills and promote promising Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career choices.
Proposers: Submission is by Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) and Hamilton- Fulton-Montgomery (H-F-M) Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Career and Technical Center. H-F-M BOCES represents the 15 component schools that the Board serves.
FMCC and H-F-M BOCES are co-located, on county-owned land in upstate New York. The two institutions and the high schools have a long history of working collegially.
TEPP will prepare area students to address the needs of contemporary industry and to pursue further STEM education. During the three-year project, the TEPP project team will meet the following objectives:
- Create a replicable model for STEM Vertical Alignment.
- Develop a set of 30 STEM curricular units for 11th grade exploratory technology.
- Develop a set of 30 STEM curricular units for 12th grade technician education.
- Develop a two-year high school program that allows students to earn 15 college credits in five STEM courses, while also earning up to seven high school credits in STEM subjects.
- Develop eight electronics curricular product modules at the community college level.
- Complete a detailed function/operation comparison of ten consumer products at the community college level.
- Create an innovative learning environment that will immerse students in analytical learning.
- Accomplish widespread dissemination of the TEPP model, products, and results.
Intellectual Merit: The New York State Education Department has established a P-16 educational initiative to encourage pathways for students to continue education beyond high school. TEPP will align with this initiative, providing pathways for careers in emerging technologies. Systems-based learning will inform the development and structuring of curricular materials, and student classroom activities will mirror the way work is done in STEM fields.
Broader Impacts: TEPP’s STEM Vertical Alignment model and other deliverables – sets of high school curricular units and sets of community college product modules – will be shared with other community college/high school partnerships. All deliverables will feature students working with cutting-edge, rapidly expanding technologies that further STEM education and STEM careers. A community organization, TRiO Upward Bound, is committed to helping recruit, retain and empower a diverse student population.
Evaluation: An advisory council will guide planning and curriculum development to ensure that units and product modules are contemporary, standards-driven, and relevant to industrial content and contexts, and engaging to students. The external evaluator will conduct formative and summative evaluation of TEPP. The entire process will be grounded in the Program Evaluation Standards.