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addressing industry educational needs in emerging technologies nanotechnology successes challenges

Addressing Industry & Educational Needs in Emerging Technologies/Nanotechnology: Successes/Challenges


Karen Halvorson, Moderator

Alice Zimmer, Partnerships and Cultural Change

Marc Kalis, Educational Pathways

Jack Weimerskirch, Industry Outreach

Kevin Klungtvedt and Dale Evavold, Rural Industry Perspective



Location: Winona and Red Wing Minnesota

College Vision: Shaping the workforce by providing quality education for today and tomorrow.

Average number students served yearly: 3,327

Average full-year equivalent enrollment: 1,985

Degrees offered: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, diplomas, and certificates with more than 90 diverse programs in six major career fields: business and office, health and human services, sales and management, musical instrument repair, technical, and trade and industrial.

Largest programs: Nursing, Administrative Support Careers, Accounting, Guitar Repair & Building, and Network Administration & Technology.

Unique programs: Musical String Instrument Repair, Band Instrument Repair, Massage Therapy, Mobile Electronics Installation

nanotechnology partnerships for rural education pathways nanoprep
Nanotechnology Partnerships for Rural Education Pathways (NANOprep)

Creating a New Cultural Model for Recruitment and Retention to:

  • Provide nano education opportunities in rural areas
  • Improve public awareness of nanotechnology
    • Increase industry awareness of nanotechnology
    • Infuse emerging technology into high schools and our college to create pathways
    • Increase enrollment and retention of students in nanoscience programs
  • Apply these same strategies to other programs in emerging technologies that have similar recruitment difficulties, broadening the impact.
developing community partnerships
Developing Community Partnerships
  • Partnership Advisory Board
  • Educational Leaders
  • Community Advocates
  • Industry Pioneers
  • Creating a cultural change towards a nano-literate, nano-savvy community
two examples of partnerships and cultural change
Two Examples of Partnerships and Cultural Change
  • Rushford Days
    • Nano Conference
    • Nano Camp for Youth
    • Nanotek BikeTrek
  • Regional Website
creating educational pathways
Creating Educational Pathways
  • Dual Credit in Rural High School Courses
    • Transcripted Model
  • New Survey Course
    • What worked and what did not work
    • Nano to Emerging Technologies Change
  • Nano Certificate
  • Transfer Agreement to Associate Degree programs
nanoscience technician assistant 22 credit certificate
Nanoscience Technician Assistant22 credit Certificate
  • COMP2515 Computers: Issues and Applications 3cr
  • MATH2520 College Algebra 3cr
  • Total…..6cr
  • Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives) 6cr
  • NANO1000 Introduction to Emerging Technologies 3cr
  • NANO1100 Fundamentals of Nanoscience I 3cr
  • NANO1200 Fundamentals of Nanoscience II 3cr
  • NANO1210 Computer Simulation 1cr
  • Total…..16cr
  • Total Credit Requirements - 22
new survey course introduction to emerging technologies 3 credits
Survey Course Content

Marketing Approach

Description of Students Enrolled

New Registration Process

Partnerships for Curriculum and Labs

Dakota County Technical College

Chippewa Valley Technical College

University of Minnesota

New Survey CourseIntroduction to Emerging Technologies 3 credits
results of exit survey
Results of Exit Survey
  • Enrollment
    • 75% college students
    • 25% high school teachers, college faculty, industry representatives, community
  • Financial Concerns
  • Key reasons for taking the course
    • To explore career options
    • To fulfill an elective
    • To learn more about new technologies
  • “The survey course results show that the course is doing what it is supposed to do.” Len Sterry, Evaluator
infusion of survey course at the college
Elective for Individualized Study Associate in Applied Science Degree

Elective for Technical Programs

Modules Infused into College STEM courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Technology

Infusion of Survey Courseat the College
infusion of nano with high schools
Infusion of Nano into High School STEM Courses

Rushford High School – Tom Vix

Houston High School – Ann Markegard

“The student response was very positive. Usually the students are very talkative during the labs. This time they were so involved that it was very quiet. The nano material generated a lot of interest.” Ann Markegard

Dual Credit to Tran scripted Course Plan

Rushford High School – Tom Vix

“If our small school districts don’t offer these kinds of options, students will leave our rural communities and enroll at larger schools This model works for rural schools.” Chuck Ehlers, Superintendent of Rushford-Peterson Schools in southeast Minnesota

Infusion of Nano with High Schools

22 Regional High Schools

Caledonia Lanesboro

Cannon Falls Lewiston-Alturas

Chatfield Mabel Canton

Dover-Iota Plainview-Elgin-Millville

Fillmore Central Red Wing

Goodhue Rushford-Peterson

Hiawatha Valley Education District Saint Charles

Houston Spring Grove

Kenyon-Wanamingo Wabasha-Kellogg

Kingsland Winona

La Crescent Zumbrota/Mazeppa

Lake City-Lincoln

industry outreach
Personal Visits to Industry

Industry Survey(s)

What did NOT work

What DID work

Findings (next slide)

Industry Outreach
industry survey results
Industry Survey Results
  • 70% somewhat aware of nanotechnology
  • 70% not familiar with use of nano in their business
  • 90% did not intend to use nano in their business
  • Why?
    • Most said they simply did not understand nano and its applicability.
    • Typical comment: “I am not sure what nano means. I need to become more educated.”
next steps
Next Steps
  • New Emerging Technologies Advisory Board
  • Industry Workshops on Emerging Technologies
  • Personal visits to nano-related companies
  • Follow-up Survey to identify employment and training needs
emerging technologies advisory board
Emerging Technologies Advisory Board

Southeast Technical College is very pleased to announce the establishment of an Emerging Technologies Advisory Board formed in support of our National Science Foundation Grant focusing on developing an emerging technology/nano-science curriculum in a rural technical college setting.

Board Mission

To provide business, industry, government and the community an opportunity to cooperate and collaborate with education in an effort to identify meaningful instruction and experience for students in emerging technologies, including nano-science, which will be beneficial to both them and their potential employers.

emerging technology advisory board membership
Emerging Technology Advisory Board Membership
  • Bageshaw, Peter Human Resources Director, TRW
  • Breza, Barb VP Human Resources, Peerless Chain Co.
  • Bryant, Ned Senior Product Development Engineer, RTP
  • Fox, Dan CEO Rushford Hypersonic
  • Haney, Mike Minnesota Work Force Area Director
  • Johnson, Jim College President, MSC-ST
  • Kalis, Marc Electronics Technology/Nanotechnology Instructor, MSC-ST
  • Klungtvedt, Kevin Chairman RINTEK, CEO Rushford Electro Chemical
  • Laken, Keith President, Mugby Junction
  • Markegard, Michael Mathematics Professor, Winona State University
  • Matejka, Dan City Administrator, Goodview, MN
  • Mathur, Raj N. VP Technology & Business Development, Plasticomp
  • Meyer, Dennis Chair Winona Chamber of Commerce, VP Knitcraft
  • Mikrut, Rich President, Mikrut Properties
  • Miller, Jeremy State Senator, Minnesota
  • Olson, Jennifer Director, Business Relations, MSC-ST
  • Papenfuss, Jerry President, Winona Radio
  • Pelissero, Paul Purchasing Manager, Ashley Furniture
  • Peterson, Brad President, Mississippi Welders Supply
  • Pelowski, Gene State Representative , Minnesota
  • Porter, Craig President, Plasticert
  • Vix, Tom Math & Science Teacher, Basketball Coach, R/P HS
  • Weimerskirch, Jack Chair, Rushford Hypersonic LLC
  • Zimmer, Alice Mathematics Instructor, MSC –ST
a rural industry perspective
A Rural Industry Perspective
  • Emerging Technology in Rural Communities
  • Examples of Nano Companies
    • Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek)
    • Rushford Hypersonic
    • Rushford NanoElectroChemistry Company
examples of nano companies
Examples of Nano Companies
  • RINTek is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation headquartered in Rushford, Minnesota and started in 2001. The Board of Directors of RINTek is made up of several business, education and technology professionals living in and around the Southeast Minnesota area.
  • The Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) is playing a significant role in bringing nanotechnology to rural America.
  • RINTek strives to develop relationships in order to foster the growth of nanotechnology in the area. We do this by lectures, incubating businesses, establishing contacts at national, state, and local levels, and working with researchers in the industry. We also operate a public nanotech laboratory.
sharing of equipment
Sharing of Equipment
  • The procurement of an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) by the Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology supported the expansion of production in rural companies like Rushford Hypersonic and Rushford NanoElectroChemistry in Southeast Minnesota
rintek july 24 2013

July 24, 2013

why rural nanotechnology

Significantly less expensive

Keep this technology from leaving the country

Low cost for entrepreneurs

Good place to raise families, alternative life style, mid-west rural work ethic

Why rural nanotechnology?
why rural nanotechnology1

One thing not well known, significantly trained workforce, underemployed

More appreciation of environmental factors

Many nanotechnology companies can work together, since they do not compete

Why rural nanotechnology?
why rural nanotechnology2

“Generally, 90% of all U.S. nanotechnology manufacturers have < 100 employees and 65 to 70% have less than 20 employees”

-Evan Michelson, Woodrow Wilson Center, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies,

September 15, 2005

Why rural nanotechnology?
501 c 3 nonprofit corporation

Located in the basement of the Rushford Public Library

Regional initiative

RINTek Structure
  • Funding of business by angel and
  • venture capitalists
  • Accredited investor issue