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helps faculty drive
Mentor-Connect offers three types of mentoring to help two-year college
faculty prepare competitive proposals to the National Science Foundation’s
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.
One-on-One Mentoring is available to faculty at institutions that have
not had an ATE grant in seven years. Mentoring is available during the
nine months they prepare to submit a proposal in the Small Grants for
Institutions New to ATE Program track.
Moving-Up Mentoring is available to faculty who have recently completed
a New-to-ATE project. This service includes up to 10 hours of review by a
mentor via email or phone calls on two drafts and on the submission-ready
proposal for a larger ATE grant.
Second-Chance Mentoring offers similar review services to faculty whose
first New-to-ATE or subsequent ATE grant proposals were declined.
Applications for next year’s cohort of 20 Mentor-Connect colleges are due at
11:59 p.m. (ET) October 11. The American Association of Community Colleges
is a partner on this initiative. See www.mentor-connect.org for more information on its no-cost resources.
Research experiences have benefits
Community college students who participate in research experiences are
more likely to be academically successful, according to a recent study on the
City University of New York Research Scholars Program (CRSP). CRSP provides a yearlong faculty-mentored research experience to students seeking
associate degrees in community colleges in the CUNY system.
A quantitative analysis of CRSP found that students who engaged in the
program were more likely to stay in a science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) discipline or to graduate with a STEM degree than students
in a matched comparison group. Students in the CRSP group also reported
an increased sense of belonging in college and said they were more likely to
transfer to a research-intensive four-year school within CUNY or a university
outside the CUNY system.
“Undergraduate research experiences represent a gold standard for active
learning, especially in the sciences,” the report says.
The report is available here: bit.ly/2KllGW I c o n
Advanced training for
As technology changes, so does workforce
education. Pima Community College in
Arizona has teamed up with self-driving
truck startup TuSimple to develop and
launch the first autonomous vehicle certificate program. The Autonomous Vehicle
Driver and Operations Specialist program
will enable truck drivers to expand their
roles into this rapidly expanding industry.
The certificate program will teach experienced truck drivers how to operate and work
with autonomous trucks in as quickly as one
semester. The program requires a Class A
Commercial Driver’s License prior to enrollment as drivers will build on their trucking
knowledge with each course. Learners will
prepare for jobs such as training the autonomous system as test drivers, operating the
vehicle in situations where autonomous
driving is not suitable and to remotely
monitor the system from a command center.
TuSimple will prioritize hiring program
graduates for jobs at its Tucson testing and
The program begins in September.
Last year, Milwaukee Area Technical College
(MATC) launched MATC Promise for Adults, a
last-dollar program offering free tuition for
eligible students to finish their associate degrees.
How did the first year go? Nearly 3,330 potential
students expressed interest in the MATC Promise
for Adults for 2018-19, with approximately 1,000
of those students enrolling, including 689
who met all of the program’s qualifications. As
impressive is the fact that 78 percent of those
adult learners persisted from fall to spring.
To ensure the success of these students, the col-
lege takes a case management approach to work
with each student, staying in continuous contact.
MATC also offers a Promise program for
direct-from-high school students. Since incep-
tion in 2015, 514 qualified students enrolled at
the college through the MATC Promise for New
High School Graduates.
for adult students
Mentor Vince DiNoto explains online
resources to mentees.