Addressing Industry & Educational Needs in Emerging Technologies/Nanotechnology: Successes/Challenges PANEL MEMBERS: Karen Halvorson, Moderator Alice Zimmer, Partnerships and Cultural Change Marc Kalis, Educational Pathways Jack Weimerskirch, Industry Outreach Kevin Klungtvedt and Dale Evavold, Rural Industry Perspective 1 Location: Winona and Red Wing Minnesota College Vision: Shaping the workforce by providing quality education for today and tomorrow. Average number students served yearly: 3,327 Average full-year equivalent enrollment: 1,985 Degrees offered: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, diplomas, and certificates with more than 90 diverse programs in six major career fields: business and office, health and human services, sales and management, musical instrument repair, technical, and trade and industrial. Largest programs: Nursing, Administrative Support Careers, Accounting, Guitar Repair & Building, and Network Administration & Technology. Unique programs: Musical String Instrument Repair, Band Instrument Repair, Massage Therapy, Mobile Electronics Installation 2 Nanotechnology Partnerships for Rural Education Pathways (NANOprep) Creating a New Cultural Model for Recruitment and Retention to: Provide nano education opportunities in rural areas Improve public awareness of nanotechnology Increase industry awareness of nanotechnology Infuse emerging technology into high schools and our college to create pathways Increase enrollment and retention of students in nanoscience programs Apply these same strategies to other programs in emerging technologies that have similar recruitment difficulties, broadening the impact. 3 NANOprep Partnerships 4 Transforming Rural Communities into a Nano-Savvy Environment COLLEGE INFUSION CAREER PATHWAYS HIGH SCHOOL INFUSION COMMUNITY AWARENESS INDUSTRY AWARENESS A NEW CULTURAL MODEL INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT NEEDS 5 Developing Community Partnerships Partnership Advisory Board Educational Leaders Community Advocates Industry Pioneers Creating a cultural change towards a nano-literate, nano-savvy community 6 NANOprep Partnerships 7 College Magazine to 40,000 Subscribers 8 Two Examples of Partnerships and Cultural Change Rushford Days Nano Conference Nano Camp for Youth Nanotek BikeTrek Regional Website www.particlesmatter.com 9 Creating Educational Pathways Dual Credit in Rural High School Courses Transcripted Model New Survey Course What worked and what did not work Nano to Emerging Technologies Change Nano Certificate Transfer Agreement to Associate Degree programs 10 Nanoscience Technician Assistant 22 credit Certificate GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS COMP2515 MATH2520 Computers: Issues and Applications College Algebra 3cr 3cr Total…..6cr TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives) NANO1000 NANO1100 NANO1200 NANO1210 Introduction to Emerging Technologies Fundamentals of Nanoscience I Fundamentals of Nanoscience II Computer Simulation 6cr 3cr 3cr 3cr 1cr Total…..16cr Total Credit Requirements - 22 11 New Survey Course Introduction to Emerging Technologies 3 credits Survey Course Content Marketing Approach Description of Students Enrolled New Registration Process Partnerships for Curriculum and Labs Dakota County Technical College Chippewa Valley Technical College University of Minnesota 12 Results of Exit Survey Enrollment 75% college students 25% high school teachers, college faculty, industry representatives, community Financial Concerns Key reasons for taking the course To explore career options To fulfill an elective To learn more about new technologies “The survey course results show that the course is doing what it is supposed to do.” Len Sterry, Evaluator 13 Infusion of Survey Course at the College Elective for Individualized Study Associate in Applied Science Degree Elective for Technical Programs Modules Infused into College STEM courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Technology 14 Infusion of Nano with High Schools Infusion of Nano into High School STEM Courses Rushford High School – Tom Vix Houston High School – Ann Markegard “The student response was very positive. Usually the students are very talkative during the labs. This time they were so involved that it was very quiet. The nano material generated a lot of interest.” Ann Markegard Dual Credit to Tran scripted Course Plan Rushford High School – Tom Vix “If our small school districts don’t offer these kinds of options, students will leave our rural communities and enroll at larger schools This model works for rural schools.” Chuck Ehlers, Superintendent of Rushford-Peterson Schools in southeast Minnesota 15 22 Regional High Schools Caledonia Cannon Falls Chatfield Dover-Iota Fillmore Central Goodhue Hiawatha Valley Education District Houston Kenyon-Wanamingo Kingsland La Crescent Lake City-Lincoln Lanesboro Lewiston-Alturas Mabel Canton Plainview-Elgin-Millville Red Wing Rushford-Peterson Saint Charles Spring Grove Wabasha-Kellogg Winona Zumbrota/Mazeppa 16 GUESS DAY Girls Understanding and Exploring STEM Science 17 Industry Outreach Personal Visits to Industry Industry Survey(s) What did NOT work What DID work Findings (next slide) 18 Industry Survey Results 70% somewhat aware of nanotechnology 70% not familiar with use of nano in their business 90% did not intend to use nano in their business Why? Most said they simply did not understand nano and its applicability. Typical comment: “I am not sure what nano means. I need to become more educated.” 19 Next Steps New Emerging Technologies Advisory Board Industry Workshops on Emerging Technologies Personal visits to nano-related companies Follow-up Survey to identify employment and training needs 20 Emerging Technologies Advisory Board Southeast Technical College is very pleased to announce the establishment of an Emerging Technologies Advisory Board formed in support of our National Science Foundation Grant focusing on developing an emerging technology/nano-science curriculum in a rural technical college setting. Board Mission To provide business, industry, government and the community an opportunity to cooperate and collaborate with education in an effort to identify meaningful instruction and experience for students in emerging technologies, including nano-science, which will be beneficial to both them and their potential employers. 21 Emerging Technology Advisory Board Membership Bageshaw, Peter Breza, Barb Bryant, Ned Fox, Dan Haney, Mike Johnson, Jim Kalis, Marc Klungtvedt, Kevin Laken, Keith Markegard, Michael Matejka, Dan Mathur, Raj N. Meyer, Dennis Mikrut, Rich Miller, Jeremy Olson, Jennifer Papenfuss, Jerry Pelissero, Paul Peterson, Brad Pelowski, Gene Porter, Craig Vix, Tom Weimerskirch, Jack Zimmer, Alice Human Resources Director, TRW VP Human Resources, Peerless Chain Co. Senior Product Development Engineer, RTP CEO Rushford Hypersonic Minnesota Work Force Area Director College President, MSC-ST Electronics Technology/Nanotechnology Instructor, MSC-ST Chairman RINTEK, CEO Rushford Electro Chemical President, Mugby Junction Mathematics Professor, Winona State University City Administrator, Goodview, MN VP Technology & Business Development, Plasticomp Chair Winona Chamber of Commerce, VP Knitcraft President, Mikrut Properties State Senator, Minnesota Director, Business Relations, MSC-ST President, Winona Radio Purchasing Manager, Ashley Furniture President, Mississippi Welders Supply State Representative , Minnesota President, Plasticert Math & Science Teacher, Basketball Coach, R/P HS Chair, Rushford Hypersonic LLC Mathematics Instructor, MSC –ST 22 A Rural Industry Perspective Emerging Technology in Rural Communities Examples of Nano Companies Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) Rushford Hypersonic Rushford NanoElectroChemistry Company 23 Examples of Nano Companies RINTek is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation headquartered in Rushford, Minnesota and started in 2001. The Board of Directors of RINTek is made up of several business, education and technology professionals living in and around the Southeast Minnesota area. The Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) is playing a significant role in bringing nanotechnology to rural America. RINTek strives to develop relationships in order to foster the growth of nanotechnology in the area. We do this by lectures, incubating businesses, establishing contacts at national, state, and local levels, and working with researchers in the industry. We also operate a public nanotech laboratory. 24 Sharing of Equipment The procurement of an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) by the Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology supported the expansion of production in rural companies like Rushford Hypersonic and Rushford NanoElectroChemistry in Southeast Minnesota 25 26 Rushford NanoElectroChemistry Rushford NanoElectroChemistry Company Rushford NanoElectroChemistry is the second rural nanotechnology company in Minnesota, the first was also started here. A good part of our success can be traced back to then cooperation Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical had with RINTek in support of the rural nanotechnology initiatives. We believe very strongly in a strong partnership with education and research. Dr. James Holte, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, is a partner in our company. He is devoted to rural nanotechnology and is very concerned and involved with education of rural nanotechnology workers. Kevin Klungtvedt, CEO Rushford, MN 507-459-9032 27 RINTek July 24, 2013 Why rural nanotechnology? Significantly less expensive Keep this technology from leaving the country Low cost for entrepreneurs Good place to raise families, alternative life style, mid-west rural work ethic Why rural nanotechnology? One thing not well known, significantly trained workforce, underemployed More appreciation of environmental factors Many nanotechnology companies can work together, since they do not compete Why rural nanotechnology? “Generally, 90% of all U.S. nanotechnology manufacturers have < 100 employees and 65 to 70% have less than 20 employees” -Evan Michelson, Woodrow Wilson Center, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, September 15, 2005 RINTek Formed in 2001 to promote rural nanotechnology www.RINTek.org RINTek Modeled after the national nanotechnology initiative, www.nano.gov RINTek Structure 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation Located in the basement of the Rushford Public Library Regional initiative RINTek Structure Minnesota State College SE Tech Challenges •Funding of business by angel and venture capitalists •Accredited investor issue Hi Tec Presentation Questions?