How the Community College Mission Trumps On-the-Job Training

The following is written by George Trotter, instructor in Industrial Maintenance Technologies. I think my teaching philosophy has come to reflect the idea that education, especially technical education, is the process of delivering the principles governing our vocation in a manner and sequence that can be digested by the student until they not only have… [Read the Full Story]

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Modular Workstations: Faculty Designs a Solution to Prepare Students for the Automation Industry

“Teacher as Designer” is one of the main themes at KCELT, and Ben Foley is a great example of this.  He designed modular workstations for his students in the Automation and Instrumentation Technologies (AIT) program in the Industrial Technologies Department for the purposes of making their learning more relevant to the industry. At the end… [Read the Full Story]

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Gamification, Virtual Reality, and Innovation for Learner Success in the CNC Program

“Along with what the instructors may do in the lab more or less (Virtual Welding Machines) make the students more comfortable with the whole learning experience”, Bob Wade said when he was asked about the effect of virtual welding machines in his class. Also, Bob mentions how some students view aspects of the class like… [Read the Full Story]

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What has inspired me during my first semester at Kirkwood Community College

This post was composed by Bobby Wade, instructor in the Advanced Manufacturing Academy.  The original document was written as a reflection of the Fall 2013 section of the History of the Community College. I was asked by my sister-in-law a couple of years ago what I would like to leave as a legacy.  My response… [Read the Full Story]

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What inspires Kirkwood faculty?

This post was composed by Steve Hanisch, instructor in the ACE Academy in the Industrial Technology department.  The original document was written as a reflection in the Fall 2013 section of the History of the Community College. This paper will answer the question, “Since you started this semester, what has inspired you as a faculty… [Read the Full Story]

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