The NSF and Integrated Curriculum Development:

Teaming for Success in Seattle

With financial support garnered through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the Washington State Manufacturing Technology Standards, Competencies, and Curriculum Development Project was formed in the Puget Sound area in December 1992. Since that time, Project Directors Tom Phillips and Garry Peck have been busy transforming MTAG, Washington State's Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group, into a model education-for-employment consortium.

MTAG's membership consists of seventeen state businesses and industries, thirteen educational institutions or consortia, three labor organizations, three state government agencies, and a community service organization. The project plan will steer this education and business partnership towards accomplishing several goals:

Because of a shared interest in the project's curriculum development and evaluation component, the group invited the NCPQVE to participate in MTAG's Instructor Inservice this November. The "Manufacturing Technology Curricula" will be designed to begin at the secondary level and articulate into a 2+2 Tech Prep community/technical college program. This coordinated effort will ultimately lead to an Associate Degree in Manufacturing Technology. The curriculum, which is entirely "on-line" and accessible to all participating MTAG instructors, is quite detailed. At present it encompasses three hundred competency modules, all of which are designed by project instructors and participating business representatives.

MTAG's ultimate goal is a seamless program supported by a competency-based, articulated curriculum. The program will enable its students to progressively acquire technical skills, choosing to exit the program at various levels with those acquired skills, or to continue through an associate or higher education degree.

If you are interested in finding out more about the various aspects of this emerging model education-for-employment consortium, please contact Dr. Tom Phillips at South Seattle Community College (206-764-5365) or Garry Peck (206-868-2096).

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