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From the Archive: Industry Partnerships in the ATE Community

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Industry partnerships play a vital role in the way that many ATE projects and centers plan for, design, and implement their various programs, projects, research, and more. Industry partners might act in an advisory role; assist with curriculum or professional development; offer student opportunities for growth and innovation; support instruction, program costs, or research; or offer workplace-based learning opportunities. In this month’s From the Archive blog post, we look at resources, created by ATE project and centers like yours, that help describe a variety of industry partnerships models and explore how one might develop or sustain such a partnership.

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Working Partners Toolkit: Partnership Models, Case Studies, and Resources and Data

This Working Partners Toolkit, which is comprised of eight partnership models, a number of case studies, and other resources and data, was crafted to help educators strengthen their relationship with industry. A short summary of each of the eight partnership models can be found on this 2-page handout; visit the Working Partners Project website for more information. Below are three case studies from the Toolkit. These studies are gathered from successfully initiated and sustained education-industry partnerships and illustrate implementation strategies, challenges, and impacts for the various partnership models.

  • This program support case study discusses the partnership between Richmond Community College, Duke Energy, and others from the electric utility industry. These partnerships resulted in the creation of the Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology Program (EUSRT) at Richmond Community College.

  • This advisory board case study covers the Business Leadership Team model (BILT), a variation of the standard advisory board. The creation of the model and its adoption across sectors is discussed.

  • This incubation and entrepreneurship case study discusses The Facility, which consists of labs and classrooms used by Edmond Community College's academic program by day and by industry partners and innovators to train, test, create, engage, and collaborate during the time when the labs and equipment are not in use.

For more archived resources by Working Partners: Documenting the Impact of Industry Collaboration within the ATE Community, visit the ATE Central Archive.

Developing Stakeholder Partnerships Internally and Externally for Successful Grants

This 2018 webinar, provided by the Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance, addresses internal and external stakeholder partnerships for grants. During this presentation, Elaine Johnson, PI and Executive Director of Bio-Link, Ann Beheler, PI and Executive Director of the National Convergence Technology Center, and Marilyn Barger, PI and Executive Director of the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center discuss the role partnerships play in the work of their respective centers. Specific topics addressed include characteristics of a partnerships, partnerships with business and industry, education partners, and how to best approach new partners.

For more archived resources by ATE Collaborative Impact Project, visit the ATE Central Archive.

Making Industry Partnership Work in ATE: Insights from Targeted Research

This resource from Louise Yarnall, Raymond McGhee, and Joseph Ames includes information on a project which studied industry partnerships with ATE projects and centers. The five page PDF contains short descriptions of a Partnership Study and Instruction Study. Additionally, a diagram illustrates the Partnership Model which includes Strategic Need, Formation, Partnership Capital, and Outcomes. Other sections of the resource include Industry-Community College Partnership: What Research Shows, Forming Partnerships-Organizational Boundaries, and STEM Workforce Instruction Features Snapshot.

For more archived resources by Community College Partnership's Instructional Impacts, visit the ATE Central Archive.

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Last Edited: April 29th, 2019 at 9:12am by Jessica Behrman

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