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Tulsa Community College, OK
Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic

The Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic at Tulsa Community College was designed to increase the space needed for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program to expand the program mission to provide students an opportunity to work with patients in the community who could not afford to receive physical therapy due to the lack of insurance coverage. This project took 8 years from design to completion and it was a capital outlay of $1.96 million dollars; with 60% of the cost being paid by private donations from the Tulsa community.

The Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic opened in August 2014. The space for the program increased from 2400 square feet to 8500 square feet. By the end of July, 2016 it is projected that 1600 patient visits will have occurred and $216, 000 billable therapy time will have been provided to our patients since the clinic opened; this has increase by 30% during the second year of operations.

Our clinical instructors have all agreed that they see positive impacts in student performance. As a result, the number of clinical education hours that students complete in their clinical externships dropped from 680 hours to 560 hours. This 18% reduction in the clinical externship hours equates to less demand for our clinical sites, reduced travel costs for the student and a small reduction in tuition costs. This reduction has occurred without any changes in program outcomes which are: 98% licensure pass rate, 97% employment rate and a 78% graduation rate.
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Delaware Technical Community College, DE
Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program

The Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program is a two-year program for Delaware high school juniors and seniors that provides skills and certifications needed to start a career immediately upon graduation. The program was created and funded with major support from Governor Jack Markell, and was the first career and technical education pathway that supported the Governor’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative focusing on ensuring that more young people in Delaware complete high school and attain postsecondary credentials that lead to jobs. Furthermore, the program supported a need expressed by the Delaware Manufacturing Association for a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of the re-emerging manufacturing industry in Delaware that now requires an increased level of technology.

In collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Labor and the Delaware Manufacturing Association, Delaware Tech designed a unique dual enrollment program that allows for students to split their time between their home high school and Delaware Tech’s Innovation Technology Centers on campus. Students receive 600+ hours of instruction and hands-on experience in Delaware Tech’s labs, as well as complete a 200-hour paid craftsmanship at the end of their first year of instruction. During the two-year program, those who complete the training have the opportunity to earn national certifications and are eligible for advanced standing with up to 13 college credits towards programs at Delaware Tech, providing a path to both post-secondary education as well as immediate employment in the manufacturing field.

Broad and deep partnerships with local manufacturing companies have played an integral role in both the development of curriculum and creation of craftsmanship experiences at manufacturing sites throughout the state. This experience not only provides students with an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in a practical setting, but also makes them uniquely qualified for future job openings at the company in which they complete their craftsmanship. Partners and State leaders have also served on a manufacturing advisory committee at Delaware Tech to continuously inform the program and serve as a resource for students enrolled in the program.

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Community College of Allegheny College, PA
Vocational and Career Training for Learning Support Students

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is excited to open its doors to individuals who have significant and persistent learning disabilities by creating a supportive environment as students develop and master skills required for the world of work. CCAC offers five (5) vocational training programs to students who need learning supports, with a small teacher to student ratio (1:6). CCAC recruits, assesses, trains, and places students in competitive employment, and provides follow up services to employers and students alike.

CCAC provides these vocational training programs to approximately seventy-two (72) students per year in the areas of Nursing Assistant, Health Care Technician, Food Service, Environmental/Janitorial, and Indoor/Outdoor Building Maintenance. Each program consists of two academic semesters, using state of the art, industry specific equipment and supplies, which provide students with theoretical and hands-on training.

The partnerships and collaborations involved with these vocational training programs are vast. These CCAC vocational programs work very closely with the State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Public Welfare, CareerLink, approximately fifty-five (55) regional school districts, and many community-based organizations that serve individuals with disabilities within the region. The success of these programs is based on competitive employment for each student upon completion of their training.

A vital aspect of these training programs is the close working relationships with employers. CCAC places 98% of its graduates in jobs, primarily full-time benefited positions, with many of the large, medium, and small employers within the region.

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