Thursday, January 22, 2004
to Technology: The Community College Route is a new Web site and multimedia
resource for high school students exploring career options, adults considering
a job change, and the teachers and career counselors assisting them.
to Technology focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology
fields that drive our nation's economy, including: biotechnology, information
technology, marine science, agricultural technology, process technology,
engineering technology, telecommunications, geographic information systems
(GIS), and more.
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Featuring over two hours of streaming
video, visitors to the site at pathwaystotechnology.org
will meet students who are currently pursuing 2-year community college
degree programs and the faculty who teach them; see what college-level
courses look like; learn about the support services colleges offer to accommodate
a diverse array of students; and gain a broader understanding of the rewarding
careers available to those with technology degrees.
Produced by WGBH, Bostons public
television station, in partnership with the American Association of Community
Colleges, Pathways to Technology also addresses:
Who attends community college?
10.4 million students, or 44% of
all US undergraduates attended community college in 2000, according to
the National Profile of Community Colleges: Trends and Statistics
What is technology education?
The site focuses on the education
of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy,
including: biotechnology, information technology, marine science, agricultural
technology, process technology, engineering technology, telecommunications,
geographic information systems (GIS), and more.
What are the entrance requirements?
While they differ from school to
school, entrance is not limited to those who excel in math and sciencecommunity
colleges offer courses and support to help students acquire the necessary
knowledge and most courses are hands-on, making the content accessible
and offering opportunities to see math and science applied in real situations.
Who succeeds in technology programs?
The Web site introduces a variety
of technology students, including a15-year-old high school sophomore taking
biotechnology courses; a 21-year-old student and father of twins studying
process technology, hoping to go on to a 4-year university; a 34-year-old
mother of two who also works full-time; a 20-year-old seventh-generation
farmer seeking to update farm operations; and a 40-year-old man changing
Where are community colleges?
Community colleges provide a national
network of colleges located in every state that are affordable and a short
commute for 90% of the U.S. population. Use the community college finder
on the Pathways site to locate the community college in your area and learn
more about the programs they offer.
Teachers, career counselors, business
leaders, community college faculty and administrators can order free VHS
copies of the Pathways to Technology video series and CD-ROM recruitment
toolkit which offers strategies, activities, and customizable print pieces
to incorporate the Pathways resources into ongoing recruitment efforts
at pathwaystotechnology.org/orderform while supplies last.
Background and contact information:
Pathways to Technology is produced
by WGBH Boston. Collaborating Partner: American Association of Community
Colleges, www.aacc.nche.edu. ©
2004 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
Funding for this project is provided
by a grant from the Advanced Technological Education Program of the Division
of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation [DUE# 0202223].
Any opinions, ?ndings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in
this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the National Science Foundation.
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent
public broadcasting producer, the source of nearly one-third of PBS's prime-time
lineup and companion online content as well as many public radio favorites.
Its production menu is diverse, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience,
Antiques Roadshow, ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, Arthur, and Zoom on
PBS and The World and Sound & Spirit on public radio. WGBH is a pioneer
in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband, and interactive
television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible
for people with disabilities. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of
honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards
even two Oscars. In 2002,
WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years
of excellence. For more information visit wgbh.org.
The American Association of Community
Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community
colleges. The association represents 1,100 two-year, associate degree-granting
institutions and some 10 million students. AACC provides leadership and
services in five key areas: policy initiative, advocacy, research, education
services, and coordination and networking. For more information, visit
For further information contact Lisa
Cerqueira, Senior Publicist WGBH Educational Foundation
Phone: 617.300.5334 or via lisa_cerqueira(-at-)wgbh.org
Norma G. Kent, Vice President for
Communications, American Association of Community Colleges
phone: 202/728-0200, ext. 209 or
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