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  1. 1. Advanced Technologies & Computer Sciences Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes November 6, 2008 7:30 am to 9:00am Clyde Hupp Boardroom Call to Order A general meeting of the Advisory Committee was called to order at 7:47 am by chair Aaron Todd. Welcome and Introductions • New member: Anthony Moore from TagMaster. Approval of Minutes The minutes of June 19, 2008, were M/S/A without changes. Note: Action items are underlined. New Business • Professional and Industry trends:  RFID: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader. Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating a radio-frequency (RF) signal, and other specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal. Today, RFID is used in enterprise supply chain management to improve the efficiency of inventory tracking and management. RFID is being used in businesses to promote real time location of equipment which should result in a decrease in inventory up to 25%. Bates should consider adding at least on overview of RFID into the curriculum. TCC offers a new program called Logistics management and they have incorporated RFID in the curriculum.  Voice over IP: Voice over Internet Protocol is a general term for a family of transmission technologies for delivery of voice communications over the Internet or other networks. ldreier Page 1 of 8
  2. 2. VoIP systems usually interface with the traditional public switched telephone network to allow for phone communications worldwide. VoIP can be a benefit for reducing communication and infrastructure costs by routing phone calls over existing data networks and avoiding duplicate network systems. This industry is growing because almost every business is at least looking into it. Currently it is very expensive to install a VoIP system, but as the cost decreases businesses will be using this technology. Students with exposure to VoIP will probably have additional job opportunities.  Wireless: Wireless technology is a rapidly growing field.  Hiring: A decrease in hiring does not necessarily mean that there are no job openings. Some businesses are waiting to see what is going to happen with the economy and the political climate and are in a holding pattern.  Outsourcing: Business segments that have been typically outsourced include information technology and human resources. Many companies also outsource customer support and call center functions like telemarketing, CAD drafting, customer service, market research, web development, and engineering. Outsourcing may have peaked and the trend may be reversing. Businesses have found that service improves and actually less expensive when they keep those segments in-house. Manufacturing will probably still be outsourced to countries such as China. • I-BEST Training: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training will be offered in several of Bates career training programs. This will allow students to receive needed basic skills instruction while concurrently earning credit toward a degree or certificate and preparing for entry-level employment. The SBCTC developed the I-BEST initiative to help underserved populations achieve a livable wage. One of the programs selected is the Core Electronics course in the Advanced Technologies Department because electronics related occupations have been identified as high demand areas experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in Pierce County and Washington State. A motion was introduced to support the I-BEST program. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved. Continued Business • Computer Sciences Department Curriculum modification: The Web Developer, Software Development and Database Management programs are developing standardized basic courses. Upon completion students can then specialize in a specific career path. The input from the committee has been instrumental in updating the curriculum to teach to new industry entry-level skills.  It is important to know Access to work in Microsoft based businesses.  We should try to line up the curriculum between the Computer Sciences and Advanced Technologies departments.  There was a discussion of articulation agreements. ldreier Page 2 of 8
  3. 3.  Transition to credit hours should be fairly smooth. • Virtualization: It was again emphasized that we need to be teaching virtualization to our students as virtualization of servers in the coming trend. The ITS and CNST programs are currently working on developing curriculum and hands-on equipment for students. Instructor Reports CNST – Davis, John - Backman, Glen  Current Enrollment: 24  Graduates: 0  Promotion/Outreach: None  Additional Information: John Davis is the substitute teacher for Glen Backman and is working with Emmett Peterson to provide continued instruction and support. Computer Repair and Network Support - Denney, Tom & Toth, Joe  Current Enrollment: 24  Graduates: 0 Database Management – Graham, Judy  Current Enrollment: 7  Graduates: 0 since our last meeting.  Additional Information: The Database Management program has undergone changes since our last meeting. We are creating a 5 class certificate program using Oracle technologies, and a 2 year option track in conjunction with the Software Development program using SQL Server. ldreier Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. Electrical Power & Process Automation - Newman, Tom  Current Enrollment: 17  Graduates: 2 since our last meeting  Promotion/Outreach: I’m working with TagMaster America in an effort to develop an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) curriculum for the ATCS department. TagMaster is major developer of RFID products founded in Sweden in 1994 and serves a global market. TagMaster’s portion of the RFID market covers Vehicle Identification, Transportation, and Security.  WBLA: One student remains on a work-based learning agreement with SRT Electronics, but he will be graduating at the end of the current quarter and entering an electrical apprenticeship with Boeing, once production resumes. This represents a milestone in our partnership with Boeing since historically Boeing apprenticeships have only been available to employees within the company.  Additional Information: Fanuc Robotics has informed me that we should have our new robot by the end of October. There is a lot of interest in robotics and the robot comes at a time when enrollments are projected to rise sharply. To appropriately accommodate a full student load, we are in the process of moving the EPPA program to a larger instructional area to be shared with Dave Skeen. ITS - Peterson, Emmett  Current Enrollment: 32  Graduates: 0  Promotion/Outreach: Emmett Peterson represented the college at the Puyallup Fair.  WBLA: 1 at Microsoft.  Additional Information: o 2 students obtained their A+ certification this quarter. o The computer repair shop is up and running and we are charging for our work. o The PC User club continues to grow and plan upcoming event. o I am continuing to content to the online Blackboard system in order to provide students valuable resources; students utilize the system, add content and collaborate as a group. ldreier Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. Software Development - Achman, Dan & Graham, Judy  Current Enrollment: 29  Graduates: One who is now employed with Pierce County LESA.  Promotion/Outreach: Puyallup Fair  Additional Information: o We are continuing to work on curriculum changes. o Judy and I have several training classes scheduled over the next few months at Netdesk in Seattle. Web Developer - Smith, Ingrid  Current Enrollment: 17  Graduates: Projected 2 Associate of Technology – transferrable - by end of Fall quarter that need employment  Promotion/Outreach: Puyallup Fair  Additional Information: o We are still in process with development and restructuring of the current curriculum. o I participated in training for online course development and hope to integrate such in the future. o The program is seeing an increase of interest from potential students and is looking for input on current employment outlook in the industry.  I would like some input from the advisory members in regards to the CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) certification track. There has been a push from the CIW vendor towards high schools programs. Is industry is aware of this certification? Wireless Voice & Data Communications - Robertson, Laura  Current Enrollment: 18  Graduates: None this quarter  Promotion/Outreach: Made some changes to wireless website-more streamline and easier to follow  WBLA: four ldreier Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. College Update • Enrollment: Enrollment is up college-wide and we are enjoying an increase in the ATCS programs as well. The ITS program currently has a waiting list. When the economy is down enrollment typically goes up as unemployed workers come to Bates for retraining. • Budget: President Borofsky addressed the current state of the college budget. The state budget is presently at a 3.2 billion dollar deficit. The governor has mandated that all heads of state agencies make specific budget reductions, and Bates Technical College needs to make a $582,000 cutback. Preparing for another possible request for reduction in the spring the Board of Trustees has directed that we reduce our budget by $700,000 to $750,000. The President assured the committee that everything humanly possible will be done to reduce the impact on students and avoid a reduction in staff. The advisory committee members asked what they could do to help and it was suggested they consider donations of equipment, etc. to the college and/or specific programs. Upcoming Events • The Foundation sponsored Heart of Bates event is being held November 12 th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Fircrest Golf Course. Honorees are Senator Rosa Franklin, alumnus Tony Lewis and community partner MultiCare. Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds go to the Foundation to provide student scholarships, mini grants and other student related services. Please see LeAnn if you would like to purchase tickets. • See attached list for additional events. Good of the Order • Laurie Arnold, the department’s new Career Specialist, has done a great job! We are at 90% capacity and expect to improve from there. Adjournment • The meeting adjourned at 9:25 am. Advisory Committee Meeting Attendance Present Name members Yes Aaron Todd No Art Garverick Yes Brad Butler Yes Don Larson Yes Greg Dickey No James Calloway Yes Jay Kruse No Jon Johnson ldreier Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. No Jim Underwood Yes Kent Keel Yes Martin Rodgriguez No Max Mojarab Yes Robert Bain Yes Robert Riley Bates staff Yes Dan Achman Yes David Skeen Yes Emmett Peterson No Glen Backman Yes Ingrid Smith No Joe Toth Yes John Howard Yes Judy Graham Yes Laura Robertson Yes Laurie Arnold Yes LeAnn Dreier No Tom Denney Yes Tom Newman Bates Technical College Events for the 2008-2009 School Year Date & Time Event Location Oct 2008 10/14, 9:00 to 11:00 am Disability Awareness Day South Nov 2008 11/12, 5:30 - 8:30 pm Heart of Bates Fircrest Golf Club Dec 2008 12/4 & 5 BARC Holiday Food & Toy Drive Jan 2009 1/16 , 9:30 to 11:00am Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration South, 1/19 9:00 to 11:00 am March to the Tacoma Dome Downtown/Tollefson Plaza ldreier Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. Feb 2009 2/ Bates Idol Downtown Mar 2009 3/23 , 9:00 am -1:00 pm Health Fair Downtown, 3/ , 7:15 to 9:00 am Scholarship Breakfast South, Apr 2009 4/ Bates Open House 9:30 am – 6:00 pm All Campuses 4/ , 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Bates Sizzles Foundation Fundraiser Pacific Grill, May 2009 5/ “BARC at the Park” Rainiers Baseball Rainiers Baseball Stadium 5/ Career Fair Downtown 5/ Global Heritage South Jun 2009 Friday, 6/12 , 6:00 pm Graduation 2009! Dome Exhibition Hall, Spring Golf Tournament Highland Golf Course 6/ Retirement Dinner Tacoma Elks Club Jul 2009 Friday, 7/ Staff Picnic South Campus ldreier Page 8 of 8