degrees come to S.C.
South Carolina technical colleges have received formal permission to offer
bachelor’s degrees in advanced manufacturing technology. Gov. Henry
McMaster signed the legislation in August at Greenville Technical College’s
Center for Manufacturing Innovation.
“With one of the greatest technical college systems in the world, it
makes perfect sense that we would give South Carolinians the opportunity to utilize those institutions of higher learning to contribute to
one of the fastest-growing manufacturing industries in the country,”
Greenville Technical College is eager to move forward with the baccalaureate program. Area employers, such as Michelin, GE, and Bosch
Rexroth, have expressed the need for a program that will prepare graduates for technical and managerial leadership positions. The college
currently is waiting on permission to move forward with the curriculum
from the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, the
Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Students in the program will have the opportunity to participate in
industry-led, collaborative research projects to build portfolios that show
mastery of teamwork and application of new and emerging technologies to
real-world manufacturing problems.
For Ohio’s Hocking College, a new, first-in-the-nation cannabis laboratory technician major
might help address some of its region’s economic
disparity by training people for work in the growing medical marijuana industry. This comes as
Hocking was awarded a provisional license in July
as a Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory by the
Ohio Department of Commerce, making it one of
the first in the state.
The laboratory will provide cannabis cultivators
a place to test samples while giving students an
opportunity to learn how to perform tests regarding medical cannabis using the same analytical
instruments found in other commercial labs.
“The research and academic potential of serving
as the lab testing site will support the kind of
hands-on, high-tech training that is the hallmark
of Hocking College programs,” President Betty
Young said on the college’s blog.
The medical cannabis market is expected to
grow in the United States to an $80 billion industry by 2022.
Engaging the electorate
Only about 45 percent of two-year college students voted in the 2016
presidential election, according to the National Study of Learning,
Voting, and Engagement. As the 2018 midterm elections approach,
there’s a push to engage more students.
Campus Compact’s The Democracy Commitment Initiative (TDC)
launched Engage the Election: 2018, a project to advance non-partisan
electoral engagement on community college campuses, where many
students are low-income and/or first-generation. Fourteen two-year
colleges were awarded mini-grants to help “produce ideas, principles,
and practices for effective electoral engagement at community
colleges,” according to Campus Compact. These colleges will ultimately
serve as case studies for the project, leading to resources that can be
used by a number of campuses.
Learn more: bit.ly/2Oo84Zq
On the horizon for
What does the future hold for higher education? More cross-institution and cross-sector
collaboration, redesigned learning spaces
and more use of open educational resources,
to name a few things. That’s according to
the 2018 Horizon Report from EDUCAUSE
and the New Media Consortium. In the
short-term (over the next one to two years),
institutions will see more focus on measuring learning. Looking further out—five or
more years—there will be a push to advance
cultures of innovation.
The report also looks at challenges to
come in higher education, such as improving digital literacy and rethinking the
roles of educators, and how technology will
change on campuses. Find the report at
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signs the Applied Baccalaureate bill at Greenville
Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation. Q U I C K H I T