Too few students are graduating in engineering related programs to meet industry demand with specific skills and knowledge. In response, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, in conjunction with WIA/Iow@Work, four-year universities, and local industry, developed 2+2 hybrid associate’s degree programs and pathways to improve and accelerate completion rates for students in the area of Engineering Technology (ET). EICC’s Engineering Technology program trains students in the practical application and implementation of existing technology used in the manufacturing world. Program strategies are designed to address skills relevant for ET occupations and prepare students to help prepare layouts and workflow for machinery, personnel, materials, and equipment; conduct statistical production studies; and analyze production costs. The PETC program will assist students in building requisite skills prior to taking online/hybrid courses and provide supports during entry-level online/hybrid courses. PETC will allow students to follow an individually-tailored academic plan and a Career Navigator will check on their weekly progress.
This project is made possible through a grant from U.S. The Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. These grants help community colleges to enhance education and career training programs that prepare students for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
This evaluation is supported by U.S. DOL TAACCCT Grant No. TC-23842-12-60-A-19