My theme for 2013 is celebration – celebrating all things big and small that make LWIT a great place to learn and work.
At LWIT, we constantly work to improve the educational experience for our students. However, sometimes we forget to talk about all the great things happening in our instructional programs.
Without quality programs, exceptional faculty, and great administrative support, we wouldn’t be able to serve our students the way we do. Here are 13 great things to celebrate about instruction:
1. Faculty who take their students to the top: We have an amazing group of faculty who are industry-based and student-focused. Their dedication helps students reach new heights and win awards – like the American Culinary Federation Knowledge Bowl, the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships.
2. Innovations that enhance student learning: Innovation seems to be a constant in instruction. Last year we developed and implemented numerous innovative approaches to education including the creation of Math 900 and English 900. These courses allow students to complete developmental coursework sooner and move efficiently and quickly to college-level coursework.
3. Facilities that improve the student experience: Having quality facilities is essential in promoting student learning – especially for a workforce training college. The $850,000 remodel to the welding lab is just one of the many ways instruction has optimized the student experience.
4. Resources to better serve students: There are never enough resources to do everything we would like to do; however, instruction has worked hard to secure funds to better serve students. Examples include the College Spark grant ($50,000), the IDEA grant ($135,000) as well as $400,000 in CNC grant-funded equipment.
5. Programs that serve the community: Not only do our instructional programs teach students what they need to know to achieve their educational goals, many of them also serve community members by providing automotive, dental, funeral, massage, horticulture and culinary services.
6. Partnerships that make more possible: Each of our technical programs is connected to an advisory committee comprised of representatives from business and industry. Not only do they support our programs with their industry expertise, but they also provide donations of time, equipment and resources to make our programs top-notch.
7. Faculty who keep on learning: Our faculty make it a priority to continue to learn and grow in their areas of expertise – like BTAD instructor Caroline Kapp who was selected out of a competitive pool of international applicants to engage in a one-month artist residency at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland, to develop new techniques around photography.
8. Library services that create more learning opportunities: LWIT’s library staff is committed to providing rich resources for student learning. They recently opened a common study lounge providing space for student study and collaboration, and also acquired more than 1,000 new books, periodicals and DVDS.
9. Community education that inspires: While we offer more than 110 degrees and certificates in more than 38 areas of study, we also have a wide range of community education offerings to meet the continuing education needs of our neighbors, from parent education and computing to in cooking and horticulture.
10. New programs responding to industry needs: As a workforce college, we pride ourselves on responding quickly to the needs of business and industry through relevant programming. As aerospace and advanced manufacturing employers expressed a need, instruction responded with new aerospace courses in our established machine technology, welding technology and industrial finishing programs. As employers expressed a need for engineering–based training, instruction responded with our new Engineering Technology degree (starting winter quarter).
11. Pathways for students: One of our core themes is pathways. There is more than one way to get your degree and no two student situations are the same. We work hard to offer multiple entrance points and pathways to educational goals that work with a variety of student needs.
12. Unique programs you’ll find nowhere else: Our own funeral services education program is the only one of its kind in the state, giving students the valuable skills needed to meet the needs of a growing and well-paying industry.
13. An administrative team that steps ups to the plate: Last but not least, our instructional division has a great administrative team – from our administrative support and deans to our new Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Kathleen Curphy.
I’m sure there are many more things to celebrate in our instructional division. Has a program or work done by our instruction team made an impact on your life? Faculty, do you have a program you’d like to mention? Please consider leaving a comment with your story and help us celebrate LWIT instruction.