Sierra College addresses Critical Thinking for STEM jobs
ROCKLIN, CA - The Sierra College Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative assembled over 40 employers, teachers, principals and superintendents from Placer and Nevada counties to announce the new ACTivATE project on Feb. 13. The Applied Critical Thinking for Advanced Technological Education (ACTivATE) professional development program will train instructors in assessing students' critical thinking skills and provide support to faculty as they infuse more problem solving and other skills desired by employers into their curriculum.
Willy Duncan, President, Sierra Community College District, reiterated the college's commitment to working with Placer and Nevada county high schools to better prepare them for success at Sierra College and in the work world after college graduation. "The ACTivATE project will enrich curriculum and expand the collaboration between college and high school STEM faculty," said Duncan. "This project supports Sierra College's goal of preparing job ready graduates who have the critical thinking skills businesses tell us students need to succeed in the workplace."
According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national coalition of businesses, educators and policy makers, "To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the 3Rs (English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography) and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation)."
An employer skills panel made up of Andy Reimanis, Director of Engineering Telefunken Semiconductors America; Carol Rogers, Vice President, Progressive Technology; and Leandra Wilson, Director of Strategic Operations & Human Resources, Harris & Bruno shared specific examples of how employees use critical thinking. They all described the problem solving steps engineers and technicians went through to figure out how to solve production problems.
Because education must adapt to prepare our future workforce, Marianne Cartan, Superintendent, Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD), says that the ACTivATE project is timely. "With teachers revising curriculum delivery to meet the new Common Core State Standards, they need support and resources in order to bring real-world scenarios into the classroom that apply to their lessons and to develop demonstration-based assessments," said Cartan. "NJUHSD is eager to participate in the Sierra College ACTivATE project."
To create the new Sierra STEM Collaborative ACTivATE professional development program, Sierra College will partner with Tennessee Technological University that produced a widely used Critical Thinking Assessment Test and the Northwestern University Searle Center for Teaching Excellence that developed Enhancing Critical Thinking in STEM Disciplines: A Faculty Development Model, both National Science Foundation (NSF) projects. The ACTivATE project also builds on Sierra College's previous NSF Tech-Explorer grant that highlighted the fact that during a hands-on catapult building project, students did not exhibit the critical thinking skills required of technicians.
The Sierra STEM Collaborative is funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office to prepare students in career technical education programs in manufacturing & product development and engineering & design pathways at the high school and college level. Additional information is available at www.sierraschoolworks.com or contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge at 916-660-7801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesSmart & Final in Roseville to Occupy Wise Buys SpotRoseville, CA -- Smart & Final, a non-membership warehouse grocery store is preparing to open shop at 1159 Roseville Square, which was previously home to Wise Buys.
Roseville City Council Blasted by Police and Firefighters UnionsROSEVILLE, CA - International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1592, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39, Roseville Police Officers' Association and Roseville Police Association
Child Support Awareness Month in Placer CountyPlacer County Department of Child Support Services is taking its show on the road this month in recognition of Child Support Awareness Month
Roseville Celebrates National Night Out TonightOn Tuesday, August 4, neighborhoods throughout the City of Roseville are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide
California Statewide Fire Summary (8.3.15)California Fire Updates 2015: There are 21 active fires across California, well over 9,000 firefighters battling them
Roseville Police Make Arrest in Parking Lot Robbery CaseRoseville detectives have identified all five people involved in the robbery of a woman in a parking lot last week.
Hyundai Elantra Hatchback: Affordable, stylish, roomyThe 2015 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback certainly belongs in the discussion when car shoppers are out there searching for that just-right hatchback.
Roseville Gas Prices Drop: Find the Best Deals HereGas prices in Roseville have eased slightly this past week and industry professionals are expecting gas prices to continue a downward push
Blind Attorney Becomes National AdvocateBlind from birth, Chris Danielson is director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federation of the Blind
Rocklin Crime Report Digest Update (8-1-15)Weekly crime report digest report update from Rocklin PD
California Fires Update Summary (8.1.15)California Fire Updates 2015: Nearly 9,000 firefighters are battling 24 large fires across California
Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015 IntroducedCongressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced legislation to address catastrophic wildfire and invasive species threats
NEWS: In Case You Missed It