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Pine Technical College. Internet 2 Achievements: Engaging the Two-Year College in the K-20 Initiative. PTC: Overview. Two-year technical college - - AS, AAS degrees, certificates, diplomas in technical disciplines Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system

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pine technical college

Pine Technical College

Internet 2 Achievements: Engaging the Two-Year College in the K-20 Initiative

ptc overview
PTC: Overview
  • Two-year technical college - - AS, AAS degrees, certificates, diplomas in technical disciplines
  • Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
  • Rural area of the state
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PTC: Overview
  • Regional facts:
    • Degree attainment below state average
    • College participation below state and national average
    • Per capita income only slightly higher than Puerto Rico
  • Smallest stand-alone college in system: 420 FYEs, 1600 headcount
ptc relationships
PTC: Relationships
  • Shared degree programs with other colleges via distance learning
    • Shared AA offering
    • Multi-site social worker program
    • Course-sharing for efficiency and cost-effectiveness
    • Strong commitment to technology solutions
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PTC: Relationships
  • Curriculum, courses and technology sharing with regional K-12 districts
    • PTC courses to area high schools
    • PTC as telecom hub for 12 districts
    • PTC as Internet 2 conduit for teachers
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PTC: Relationships
  • Statewide college connections
    • Member of 2 of 4 MnSCU Centers of Excellence (Manufacturing & Allied Health)
    • Involved with U of Minnesota Digital Technology Center
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PTC: Relationships
  • Economic development and social mission
    • Regional Manufacturing Alliance
    • Regional Early Childhood programming
    • House both Chamber of Commerce and regional welfare-to-work initiative
ptc infrastructure
PTC: Infrastructure
  • High level of bandwidth into building (gigabit-plus level)
  • Hub for data and ITV for 12 school districts
  • Hub for regional college consortium
  • Hub for community fiber backbone with FTTP in local industrial park
ptc technology flagship
PTC: Technology Flagship
  • Founded only Virtual Reality Center in 2-year college in Midwest
  • Applied research and product development: affordable immersive VR on PC platform for education & training applications
  • VR applicability to distance learning and applied research through Internet 2
  • Basis for partnership with universities, including UM
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PTC: Technology Flagship
  • Awards from MnSCU System for IT Excellence:
    • Fiber Optic Backbone
    • JCVR
  • Products for industry partners:
    • Virtual industrial spray paint booth
    • Virtual welding
    • Virtual inspection training
ptc and internet 2
PTC and Internet 2
  • Relationships with K-12 in region:
    • East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC)
    • 12 school districts in rural East Central Minnesota
    • Share resources, including common data and interactive television backbone at 1 gigabit to the premises.
    • Culture of using technology to enhance learning or to provide access to learning not otherwise available
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PTC and Internet 2
  • ECMECC collaborations:
    • Virtual field trips for K-12 students
      • Wolf Center at Ely, MN
      • Cincinnati Zoo
    • Classes with Vanderbilt University
    • Joint classes with Japanese schools including joint band concert
    • Access through gigabit network to Internet 2 resources via hub at Pine Tech
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PTC and Internet 2
  • Partnerships with U of Minnesota and gigapop:
    • Virtual reality collaboration
      • National Science Foundation grant
      • Minnesota grants for application of VR to industrial uses
    • Legislative demonstrations of VR and Internet 2 with UM and Iowa
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PTC and Internet 2
  • Partnerships with industry related to Internet 2 initiative
  • Improved infrastructure at college =
    • ‘Bulk buying’ of bandwidth at discount by combining needs of several public sector entities
    • Installation of Pine City fiber backbone
    • FTTP into industrial park
    • Affordable rate broadband to major industry users
ptc and the internet 2
PTC and the Internet 2
  • Complete win-win scenario for all parties:
    • K-12 received higher bandwidth at lower cost
    • City, county government acquired broadband
    • PTC students networked city hall to take advantage
    • Cost savings for broadband Internet for government, healthcare, education, industry in region
  • Created grassroots support for infrastructure improvement
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PTC and Internet 2
  • Infrastructure improvement empowered and enabled greater K-12 access and use
    • Gigabit network to each school district
    • Access through PTC hub to Internet 2
    • Snowball effect in terms of teacher usage
      • Now ‘under the radar’ - - school tech directors handle Internet 2 projects without need for coordination or special help
ptc vr and internet 2
PTC, VR and Internet 2

Live demo with JCVR and University of Minnesota Digital Technology Center