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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) 

The title of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s QEP is "Workforce Readiness:  Ensuring the Skills of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Workers."  
Employers are adamant about the need to better prepare students for the workplace. Studies show that the skills gap is widening, and, without intervention, students are not going to have the tools that they need to be successful in the workplace.

 After reviewing several years of data, and conducting surveys and focus group sessions of faculty, staff, students, community members, and business/industry leaders, OCtech has determined that a workforce readiness program to be integrated into students’ course of student at the College is integral to their future success.  Over the course of the spring of 2014, a broad-based QEP Team will use the data and survey results to formulate student learning objectives, as well as develop a five-year research-based plan to implement and assess these goals. 

It is the goal of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to ensure that today’s and tomorrow’s workforce has the skills, competencies and behaviors to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.

Overall Theme and Idea: 
QEP Topic Isolation, Intervention Development, Implementation Timeline Creation, and Assessment Plan Advancement

Objectives:
To aid with topic generation by isolating issues and concerns related to student learning
To assist with the creation of an intervention by researching best practices
To contribute to the development of student learning outcomes for the designated intervention
To help generate measurable student learning outcomes for the QEP topic/intervention
To aid with the development of an implementation plan inclusive of timelines, budgets, assessment schedule, and personnel
To contribute to the completion of an assessment plan

Additional Professional Development: Professional development will include researching the successful QEP approaches of other colleges (mainly those similar to ours in size, demographics, etc.), researching best practices related to the eventual topic choice, visiting and/or engaging in conference calls with colleges that have had recent success with completing a QEP

Metrics for Assessment / Completion:
QEP Topic / Fall of 2013
QEP Intervention / Spring of 2014
QEP Student Learning Outcomes / Spring of 2014
QEP Implementation Plan Draft / Spring of 2014
QEP Assessment Plan Draft / Spring of 2014 (with possible aid of consultant)


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QEP Team:
    Faculty Staff Meeting - August 23rd
    Faculty Staff Meeting - October 10th
    Team Meeting - December 17 2013
    Student Focus Group Meeting
Surveys:
    Theme Faculty/Staff Input Survey
    QEP Goals Survey for Advisory Groups
Survey Results:
    Workforce Skills Survey Results for Faculty Staff and Students
    Workforce Skills Survey Results for Stakeholders (Advisory Board Members)
Sub-Team Initial Planning Results:
    Planning Sheet for the QEP-Communications
    Planning Sheet for the QEP-Soft Skills
    Planning Sheet for the QEP-Technology

Workforce Readiness Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
QEP Steering Teams 
QEP LibGuide

Program Coordinator's Retreat:
    OCtech QEP Program Coordinator's Retreat
    QEP Executive Summary


Warren Yarbrough, QEP Team Leader                            
3250 St. Matthews Road / Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118
1.803.535.1287 /
yarbroughw@octech.edu