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National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE)


The OCtech Diverse Engineering Pathways project is funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) division. The project involves a formal partnership to improve and positively impact the education of engineering technicians across the OCtech service area. Partnership consists of a formal Alliance of ten school districts; industry; Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Claflin University; and South Carolina State University. The Diverse Engineering Pathways project also includes the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) and the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE). The Partnership’s stated goal is to: Increase both the number and diversity of students who enter and complete associate degrees in existing and emerging STEM cluster disciplines. It will accomplish the following objectives: (1) Increase both the number and diversity of students entering associate degree programs in the computer engineering, instrumentation, and other engineering technology disciplines through the implementation and articulation of high school STEM cluster majors (programs of study); (2) Improve success rates and professional advancement opportunities for transitioning students from both high schools and industry through a formal articulated K-16 STEM career pathway and Bridge Program designed to provide transition courses in science, mathematics and engineering technology; (3) Improve postsecondary delivery of science, mathematics, and technology workplace skills, focusing on Mechatronics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Computer Technology; and (4) Improve employer satisfaction with graduates in core competencies and workplace skills. The Project will promote access to STEM careers and will provide courses for under prepared students, especially women and under represented minorities. Strategies will include high school STEM career majors and STEM College Academies that build on national models, such as Project Lead the Way®; middle school STEM exploration activities and summer camps, high school Individual Graduation Plans; program revision that will include secondary and postsecondary faculty and student cooperative projects and mentoring using a technology platform for remote equipment and process diagnostics and collaboration; faculty development; and broad industry involvement in curriculum development, internships and co-op opportunities, scholarships, and Foundation support. This program will have broad impact and will directly affect over 1200 secondary and postsecondary students and over 45 postsecondary and secondary faculty.

Dual Credit / Articulation Model
ATE Pathways Model Ladder
Executive Summary