Technology Academies - YTA and ATA


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The following presentation gives you a better understanding of what the Youth Technology Academy (YTA) and Advanced Technology Academy (ATA) try to accomplish.

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Technology Academies - YTA and ATA

  1. 1. GeorgeBilokonskyDirector College PathwayProgramsCuyahoga Community College Responsible for managing the daily operations of the Youth Technology Academy program, both the in-school youth projects and the Advanced Technology Academy out-of-school youth project, with emphasis on developing relationships with schools,Contact Information: students, parents, businesses, regulatory and community agencies.Phone: 216-987-6302 Responsible for building a comprehensive workforce developmentFax: 216-987-6303 model for technology preparatory programs that support training in the CMSD high schools and lead into fast-track technical training for youth once they graduate from high school.
  2. 2. YES YOU CAN Using STEM Hands-on to Motivate Youth NAWP Conference Presentation of George Bilokonsky and Robert Stewart Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) May 17, 2011
  3. 3. Youth Technology Academy (YTA) • Year-round STEM training program • Recruits Cleveland-area in-school youth • Provides preparation for technical and engineering careers • Supported primarily by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding from Cuyahoga County’s Workforce Development Department
  4. 4. Typical YTA Recruit• Sophomore or junior in high school• Average GPA is 2.62• Likes to work with his / her hands• “A little lost” ▫ Not sure what they want to do ▫ May be in trouble in school, but not with the law
  5. 5. YTA Program DesignProvides clients with three levels of training: 1. STEM-Based Academic 2. Applied technical 3. Work readiness
  6. 6. YTA Program Design:STEM-Based Academic Training • Math tutoring improves students’ math skills • Enrollment in Introduction to Engineering course (EET- 1100) gives students intensive math instruction ▫ Incorporates VEX Robotics hands-on lab activities ▫ Helps students grasp the role of math in technical and engineering applications • Enrollment in Tri-C engineering and/or manufacturing technology courses earns college credit for high-school students ▫ Coursework paid through Ohio’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) ▫ Includes coursework in Engineering Design, CAD, Instrumentation Control, Computer Applications and Programming, Machine Tool Theory
  7. 7. YTA Program Design:Hands-on Technical TrainingWeekly after-school VEX Robotics activity ▫ Teaches students how to design, build, and program a VEX robot to perform given tasksVEX competitions held periodically ▫ Teach students how to test, trouble-shoot, modify their robot designs under pressureFIRST Robotics program ▫ Designed for the more experienced students ▫ Provides students with the opportunity to design and build a robot under the guidance of NASA engineers and other adult mentors ▫ Teaches students all about the iterative engineering process
  8. 8. YTA Program Design:Work Readiness Training • Work-readiness coaches provide workshops that teach students the skills required to succeed in the workplace • Understanding of work-readiness is reinforced through on-line tutoring activities • Students develop preparedness for further education and eventual employment in high-skills careers
  9. 9. How the Training Is Accomplished• Modified distance-learning model uses Polycom units to broadcast to participating high schools• Certified teachers serve as Technology Ambassadors at participating schools• YTA coordinators and field specialists assist the Tech Ambassadors
  10. 10. Why Robotics?• Robotics is exciting and holds students’ attention• Designing, programming, building, and trouble- shooting robots helps students develop STEM knowledge and skills ▫ Students take college-level STEM coursework ▫ Students gain experience with hand tools (wrench, screwdriver, etc.) and machine tools (lathe, milling machine, etc.) while building Robots• Competition is a team building experience
  11. 11. YTA in Action: Public Service AnnouncementProduced, Directed & Filmed by YTA Students
  12. 12. Does it work?Comparison of YTA Student Graduation Ratewith CMSD Average and State Average Graduation Rates 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% Graduation Rate-YTA 50% Graduation Rate-CMSD 40% Graduation Rate-STATE 30% 20% 10% 0% 2006 2007 2008 2009 AVERAGE 06-09 2006 2007 2008 2009 AVERAGE 06-09 Graduation Rate-YTA 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% Graduation Rate-CMSD 52% 55% 62% 54% 56% Graduation Rate-STATE 86% 86% 87% 85% 86%
  13. 13. Does It Work? Highest College Attended by YTA/Project Students Following High School Graduation 70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% 30.0% % 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% Did Not Attend Highest = Two- Highest = Four- College year year Highest College Attended by YTA/Project Students Following High School Graduation % Did Not Attend College 13.5% Highest = Two-year 64.8% Highest = Four-year 21.7% Total 100.0%
  14. 14. Keys to success - YTA• Technology Ambassadors in the high schools ▫ Each TA recruits students from one high school ▫ TAs facilitate PSEOP classes on site with remote instructor ▫ TAs oversee student participation in tutoring ▫ TAs conduct VEX lab activities, coach teams in building VEX robots, and attend & coordinate competitions• Support from School Administrators and Parents ▫ Involve Administrators and Parents in competitions ▫ Motivation from robotics team spreads to other studies  Grades go up  Tardiness / unexcused absences go down
  15. 15. Advanced Technology Academy (ATA)• Founded in 2007 to prepare Out of school youth (age 18 – 21) for Technical Employment• Nearly 200 inner city youth served since inception• Nearly 70% of them are currently employed or enrolled in post secondary education
  16. 16. Typical ATA Student• 18 – 21 years old• High School Diploma or GED• Average grades or slightly below• Likes to work with his / her hands• Interested in finding a job before starting college• May never go to college
  17. 17. Learning is twofold• Someone teaches you the basics• Practice, practice, practice
  18. 18. ATA Model • Employer selects candidate at closed Job Fair • ATA provides instruction for Certification ▫ Digital Cabling ▫ Manufacturing ▫ Welding ▫ CISCO Networking ▫ Soldering ▫ Other skills as identified by employer • Employer provides the practice ▫ 100 hour paid Internship ▫ Funded by WIA ▫ No cost to employer
  19. 19. Paid Internship• WIA Grant pays for 100 hours at minimum wage at no cost to the employer.• An open job is available with every internship• Student is hired by company if performance and attendance are satisfactory
  20. 20. What does Employer need to do? • Have a valid entry-level opening available if candidate is successful • Define skills needed for the entry-level job • Provide supervision / hands-on training during Internship • Track hours worked, and approve Time Sheet • Evaluate Intern, and make a hiring decision at the end of the Internship
  21. 21. Keys to success - ATA• Strong support of neighborhood groups ▫ Community Development Corporations ▫ Chambers of Commerce ▫ Non-profit agencies• Strong support of employers ▫ Structured internships ▫ Donations for ancillary costs ▫ Employer Advisory Committees
  22. 22. Community Impact• CMSD and Suburban Schools• Neighborhood groups• Employers
  23. 23. Why Collaborate with aCommunity College? • Obvious Reasons: ▫ Community colleges are designed to prepare the workforce ▫ They offer resources for your program ▫ They want to work with you• The not-so-obvious reason why community colleges want to work with your program ▫ FTEs & Tuition
  24. 24. FTEs & TuitionPrograms that enroll youth in college courses bring two revenue streams to thecollege: Revenue from FTEs and revenue from tuition• What are FTEs? —The FTE is a unit of measure on which the state bases funding to academic institutions. One FTE (Full Time Equivalent) is equal to 30 credits An FTE can be achieved by enrolling 10 students in a 3-hour course, 15 students in a 2-hour course, or any number of students that factor to 30 when multiplied by the credit hour value of the course For every FTE the institution provides, the state of Ohio pays the institution $5,363 —EXAMPLE: 15 students taking EET-1100, a 2-hour course, bring $5,363 in FTE revenue
  25. 25. FTEs & Tuition• What about tuition? —Cuyahoga Community College charges a tuition of $84.56 per credit hour —EXAMPLE: The 15 students taking EET-1100 each pay $169.12 in tuition, bringing tuition revenue of $2,537• Add the two together : —FTE revenue and tuition revenue go into the institution’s general fund —EXAMPLE: The 15 students enrolled in EET-1100 bring a total of $7,900 ($5,363 plus $2,537) into the general fund – or $527 per student enrolled
  26. 26. The Big Picture• YTA enrolls 100 students per semester in coursework at Tri-C (generally 2-credit-hour course)• These students bring a total of $105,800 in FTE and tuition revenue to the general fund per year
  27. 27. The future of Youth Programs• Multiple funding sources ▫ Workforce Investment Act ▫ National Science Foundation ▫ Department of Labor ▫ Environment Protection Agency ▫ Local Philanthropic Foundations
  28. 28. Contact Information George Bilokonsky Director, Youth Technology Academy & Advanced Technology Academy Tel.: 216-987-6302 • E-Mail: Mary Kay Bitterman Program Manager, Youth Technology Academy Tel.: 216-987-6298 • E-Mail: Robert Stewart Program Manager, Advanced Technology Academy Tel.: 216-987-3347 • E-Mail: Robert.Stewart@tri-c.eduCuyahoga Community College • 2900 Community College Blvd., MHCS-203 • Cleveland, OH 44115