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SB70 Quick Start Partnership Awarded

May 1, 2006

SB70 Quick Start Partnership Awarded to Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT)

North Orange County Community College District

In May 2006, the School of Continuing Education (SCE) of the North Orange Community College District (NOCCCD), along with several local education agencies/programs (including 12 high schools, a Regional Occupational Center/Program [ROCP], four community colleges, and four Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies [CACTs]), established a regional program “the TechNow4U” Project to contribute to the preparation of a skilled workforce in California. The TechNow4U Project builds on the work conducted under the CCCCO Economic Development “Job Development Incentive Fund—Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and Alliance.” 

Participating colleges will implement a “project-based program” focused on one of the following specialties in advanced manufacturing and industrial design technologies: Machine Technology (Fullerton College), Composites and Plastics (Cerritos College), Engineering (East Los Angeles College), and Architectural Design (Long Beach City College).  The phrase “project-based program” has been chosen to describe the specialized training that will be provided to participating high school students because it reflects the instructional style and methodology for the programs which mirror all phases of work in real jobs and result in a product. 

Each college will conduct three project-based programs (sessions) beginning in Spring 2007, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008, serving approximately 25-30 students per session.  The final class will include a graduation activity, at which students will display their project and their families will be invited.

Students will be selected based on their interest in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and architectural design, and will write a brief essay stating their desire to participate in the project. Each college will provide a lead instructor and each high school will provide a certificated staff member for each session and industry representatives recruited as mentors.

For more information, visit about the Technow4u Academies, visit:  www.technow4u.com

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