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Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Geoscience Degrees and Careers

July 18-21, 2012 - University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Workshop Program

Wednesday July 18, 2012

3:00-5:00 Registration - Marriott Courtyard Tacoma Downtown

4:30-5:30 Reception and icebreaker - University of Washington Tacoma, Jane Russell Commons, William W Phillip Hall (campus map)

5:30-6:30 Dinner - University of Washington Tacoma, Jane Russell Commons, William W Phillip Hall

6:30-8:00 Welcome, introductions, workshop goals, and evening program

Geoscience Employment Trends (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.6MB Jul18 12) - Heather Houlton, American Geosciences Institute

Thursday July 19, 2012

8:30-8:40 Opening remarks and overview of Thursday program

8:40-10:20 Preparing students for what's next: Geotechnical workforce or transfer - What knowledge, skills, and attitudes do employers and faculty want?

Geotechnical workforce

AEG Geotechnical Careers (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.9MB Jul19 12) - Kathy Goetz Troost, University of Washington


Geotechnical Employment at a USGS Water Science Center (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 734kB Jul19 12) - Rick Dinicola, U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center
Educating Indispensable Geospatial Professionals for the 21st Century (PowerPoint 2.2MB Jul19 12) - Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias

2YC-4YC transfer

Preparing Students in Two-Year Colleges for Success At Four-Year Colleges (PowerPoint 7.6MB Jul19 12) - Diane Doser, University of Texas El Paso and Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College

Discussion - What does this mean for 2YC geoscience faculty and students and others?

10:20-10:40 Break

10:40-12:00 Early research experiences

Panel - What is the range of early research experiences? What is evidence that early research experiences are effective in recruiting and preparing students for careers in the geosciences?

Preparation for Transfer and the Workforce (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.9MB Jul19 12) - Jan Hodder, University of Oregon
Strengthening a Community College Geoscience Program Through Collaborations with University and Research Faculty (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Jul19 12) - Allison Beauregard, Northwest Florida State College
Well Core Project (PowerPoint 4.6MB Jul19 12) - Bob Blodgett, Austin Community College

Discussion - What are issues, strategies, and opportunities regarding early research experiences in 2YC settings?

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Professional organizations: Career resources and opportunities for 2YC students and faculty

Micro presentations by professional organizations (Acrobat (PDF) 673kB Jul19 12)

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (Acrobat (PDF) 113kB Jul19 12) - Kathy Geotz Troost
American Geosciences Institute (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 102kB Jul19 12) - Heather Houlton
American Geophysical Union (PowerPoint 291kB Jul19 12) - Pranoti Asher
IRIS (PowerPoint 2.2MB Jul19 12) (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) - John Taber
Marine Technology Society (PowerPoint 884kB Jul19 12) - Fritz Stahr

Roundtable discussion groups - What are current resources and opportunities? What are other possibilities? Small-group discussions with representatives from professional organizations

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20-5:10 Preparing students in and beyond the classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 73kB Jul19 12) - What are the range of strategies? What is effective?

5:10-5:30 Reflection and daily roadcheck

5:30-6:30 Break

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Sharing what works – handouts, computer displays, posters about participant activities or programs with one-minute introductions


Friday July 20, 2012


8:30-8:40 Overview of day, report on daily roadcheck

8:40-10:00 Geoscience workforce programs

Summary - Types and key elements of U.S. geoscience workforce programs (PowerPoint 587kB Jul20 12), Bob Blodgett, Austin Community College

Panel - Successes and challenges of a geoscience workforce program: Examples of workforce programs focusing on why program was started, its links to employers, recruitment of students, transition to workforce, and relationship to the geoscience general education faculty and courses

Environmental Technology Program at ACC (PowerPoint 12.3MB Jul19 12) - Bob Blodgett, Austin Community College
Geoscience and Career and Technical Education at the Two-Year College (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1MB Jul19 12) - Ben Wolfe, Metropolitan Community College - Blue River
A Workforce-Curriculum Approach to Geospatial Technology at Lakeland Community College (PowerPoint 16MB Jul19 12) - Mark Guizlo, Lakeland Community College


Community College & University Collaboration (K12, too!) for a Rural Geospatial Workforce (PowerPoint 18MB Jul19 12) - Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias

Discussion - What can general education / transfer programs learn from workforce programs

10:00-10:20 Break

10:20-12:00 Moving Forward: Issues, actions, and strategies

Discussion questions:
Why should two-year colleges and two-year college faculty care about geoscience students' career preparation?
Two-year colleges are diverse. What are some ideas for tapping into this to increase geoscience diversity?
During their time at a 2YC, what could a student put in a geoscience career portfolio?

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:40 Action plans and working groups

1.What is the scope of your topic
2.What is/are the goal(s)?
3.How does it contribute to recruitment and preparation of students for workforce or transfer?
4.How would it be implemented to achieve the goals?
5.What are some examples of this that exist?
6.What are key resources?
7.What are challenges to accomplishing this and how can they be addressed?
8.Your top three recommendations for moving this forward

3:40-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Report outs and discussion

5:00-5:30 Reflection (draft of individual action plans) (Sample Action Plan (Microsoft Word 23kB Jul20 12))

5:30-7:00 Break

7:00 Dinner Zara Mediterranean Restaurant (1498 Pacific Avenue)


Saturday July 21, 2012


8:30-8:40 Overview of morning

8:40-10:15 Recommendations (4YC and 2YC), dissemination, demonstrating success, and action plans

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Concluding remarks and workshop evaluation


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