Thin Film Solar

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There is a significant change afoot in the world’s electricity production from solar energy. Major semiconductor equipment companies are seeing an opportunity to use their process and manufacturing expertise in thin film solar applications. For our programs and our students this is an opportunity. In semiconductor manufacturing technology we learn about a variety of processes […]

Live Small – AZ Nanotechnology Symposium

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Hi everyone, On Thursday, April 10, 2008 the 3rd Annual Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster Symposium was held in Scottsdale Arizona on the grounds of the Scottsdale Community College. This year’s event was sold out with over three hundred and twenty-five participants. The one-day symposium drew speakers from international, national, and local companies and educational institutions to […]

Creating Learning Objects

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Last Friday’s webinar with Terry Bartelt on Learning Objects: What are they? How do you use them? went very well (despite some sound difficulties for the first 15 minutes that we tried to clear up and somehow did). If you missed it, you can find it here. For those of you who have used learning […]

How Learning Objects Saved the Day

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I was out of town last week at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, taking a look at the new software updates for the HAS-200 by SMC corp. The HAS-200, a machine that, in essence, is a scaled down version of an automated product processing plant. It is used to train students in how […]

Program Recruitment = Customer Service

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NetWorks had a very successful webinar last Friday on Technical Program Recruitment: Ten Tips to Thinking Outside the Box. The webinar had over 100 registrants, and close to everyone showed up. Some program chairs made it a department meeting so I am sure there were more people than we knew about. One of the constant […]

Technical Program Recruitment

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There are many high tech jobs available in the United States. A shortage of qualified technicians is developing rapidly. Yet, technical programs are suffering from declining enrollments. Just as there was (and some say still is) a nursing crisis, America is approaching the same in high tech technicians. What can be done about it? Terry […]

Happy Birthday Mr. Transistor

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About sixty years ago (December 16, 1947) some folks at Bell Labs perfected a little device called a transistor. There are lots of websites devoted to this invention, but I thought it was worthy of note in TechSpectives because of it’s primary role in all that this site represents. In fact, not only the content […]

The Future within 5 Years

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Where will we be technology wise in five years? With the end of year approaching, predictions of the future always seem to come up (just look at the tabloids in the check-out line in your local grocery store). IBM has decided to make some predictions for what will happen within five years in emerging innovations […]

Technical Programs – Webinar Discussion

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We just had a great webinar on Technical Programs: Here to Stay or too Expensive to Maintain. For those who attended – thank you for helping make this a success. For those who missed it, you can listen to a recording at – in the keyword field, type webinar. I wanted post some questions […]

Technical Programs: Here to Stay or Too Expensive to Maintain

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This Friday, November 30, 10 AM MST, will be NetWorks Webinar: Technical Programs: Here to Stay or Too Expensive to Maintain? Electronics, engineering, automated manufacturing, semiconductors, communication, optical, just about any technical program is suffering

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