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  1. NMT Continuous Improvement Forum

  2. The NMT Function Input: Students fnmt Output: NMT Completers with Workforce Skills If we increase supply we need to increase demand! (more customers) Need to build upon previous industry outreach efforts with new approaches Student Recruitment: Your Current Students Your Future Students Goal: Demand to meet or exceed capacity every semester Advisory Board Feedback New Lab Improves Content Flexibility Etc…

  3. Student Recruitment using Adobe Connect

  4. Difficulties with On-Site Events • Travel • $ (rental fee, gas, food, lodging) • Inefficient use of time • Scheduling • Everyone’s schedule is always changing • Setting visit dates for the optimum impact can be challenging (early in semester is better) • Compounded by attempting to do multiple visits in a day/outing • Date/Time of visit may not be best for students

  5. Adobe Connect – Just Like Being There! • Example: A live web meeting: • https://breeze.psu.edu/r34431391/ • Example: A recorded web meeting: • https://breeze.psu.edu/p25975351/

  6. Adobe Connect Benefits • Flexibility • Scheduling is easier w/ travel out of the equation • Broader Reach • One presentation to many people in many places • Your class, A colleague’s class, Administrators in their office, Career Services personnel in their office, etc… • More presentations • Six hour long presentations vs. Six hours of driving for one presentation. • Your class at 9:00 am, Your colleague’s class at noon, etc… • Recorded Presentation to be created • Can be used in impromptu and informal settings

  7. What you need: • Digital Projector (for a classroom setting) • Computer that can run Adobe Connect • Diagnostics available online: • https://breeze.psu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm • Computer Speakers • Computer Microphone (?) • Friends of Penn State (FPS) account • If you aren’t a PSU employee • http://fps.psu.edu

  8. Industry Outreach • Regional Industry Advisory Board Meetings(3) – May 2006 • Northampton, Montgomery, and Allegheny • Career Fair - September 2006 • Outreach presentations to several professional organizations • Industry Nanotechnology Learning Modules (Fall 2005) available on website • Nanotechnology Influences in Industry • Career Choices in Nanotechnology • http://www.cneu.psu.edu/edTools.html • Industry Brochure – continuing to distribute • Regional Nanotechnology / NMT Program Awareness Sessions • “Competitive Modern Manufacturing through Nanotechnology” • Uniontown, State College, Erie, Pittsburgh (2x), Bethlehem, Johnstown • Planned Activities: • Regional Awareness Meetings – Available for your Area • Regional Industry Advisory Board Meetings – Targeting April 2007 • Career Fair – September 2007 • NVC meeting Summer 2007 - Minnesota • National meeting June 3-5, 2008 - Philadelphia • Will discuss more ideas during Continuous Improvement Forums

  9. Industry Outreach • Industry Outreach to date: • Arranged breakfast/lunch info sessions throughout the state • Meant to inform industry attendees about our programs so that they would be less hesitant to hire students with an NMT skill set • Good feedback on Sessions – Need to continue and build upon • Next approach to increasing student demand: Internships • Lower barrier to entry for companies • Introduces them to NMT students and their skills without long term commitment • Gov’t programs available to help offset employers costs ? • Next Steps Proposal: • 1 contact from each partner institution by June 1st, 2007 • CNEU/Partner/Contact to create an internship starting fall semester 2007. • Evaluate progress of intern mid-semester, determine continuation/expansion for coming semesters • Other Ideas from Partners

  10. Solicit Continuous Improvement Topics for Afternoon Session Individual Feedback Form List: Topics that you believe would be most advantageous to discuss during afternoon session (PA Partnership Continuous Improvement Forum 2) Select Agenda Agenda will be set by the “hottest topics” Partner Continuous Improvement Feedback Topics