Clarion University–Venango Campus
Department of Applied Technology Advisory Board
June 12, 2012
Attending: Rod Griffin, Bill Hallock, Cortney Huber Chuck Guiste, Kyle Herron, Susan Hileman, Nathan Haek, Mike Klapec, Deb Lutz, Chris Reber, John Phillips, Karen Thomas, Marie Whipple.
Absent: Chad Brisley, John DeArment, Neil Donovan, Mario Fontanazza, Lisa Groner, Dave Hartley, Lance Hummer, Dave Lott, Tim McMahon, Jerry Miller, Paul Newlin, William Powell, Barry Reiser, Mike Shontz, Thomas Wood, Scott Wyman.
I. Welcome – Dr. Hallock 8:00 am
The advisory board meetings are to be held 1-2 times per academic year, especially when there are updates.
II. Executive Dean Report – Dr. Reber 8:05 am
A. The budget challenge pervades but Venango is weathering that challenge.
a. Last years state budget brought a -23% loss in appropriations.
b. This year they are proposing and additional -20% loss. At best they will pass no additional loss from last years funding cuts.
c. Clarion is moving to a responsibility centered budget. This gives Venango a unique opportunity to grow but, Venango also has to address the Clarions budget deficit.
B. Venango is becoming the 4th academic college when the change to Venango College.
a. This will benefit Venango by recognizing significant growth, enrollment, accreditation, and development of bachelor and graduate programs. Our partnership model has gained attention and facilitates this.
b. Internally the change gives authority in program development, hiring and maintaining faculty.
c. Externally the change will help Venango College be seen as a destination location.
C. Programs developed at Venango meet regional and national workforce needs.
a. Through our partnerships we create a win-win scenario by allowing technical training and associate degree attainment.
b. Certification programs will become the first rung on the ladder which will lead directly into an associate degree. These credits will then directly transfer into the online bachelor degree programs.
D. The Middle States reaccreditation and site visit took place this year.
a. The most glowing comments from the site team were about Venango. The Venango model has the potential for national distinction.
E. Construction on Campus.
a. The Nursing Sim Lab will be finished at the end of this summer.
b. Storm water management is being addressed and water will now be diverted to the pond area.
c. The campus entry road will be widened and allow for better traffic flow.
F. A consortium grant, if approved, will allow partners to offer training at Venango Campus and allow for renovations to provide the facility.
III. Approval of minutes from last meeting 8:30 am
With the addition of Rod Griffin to the attendance sheet, Chuck Guiste motions to approve, all approve.
IV. Election of new Advisory Board chair 8:35 am
Motion to elect John Phillips is made by Rod Griffin. 2nd motion for approval is made by Mike Klapec. All approve.
V. ATMAE Accreditation 8:40 am
G. ATMAE initially accredited the department 3 years ago. 2013 will be a reaccreditation year with a site visit. They will be visiting and making sure we meet standards, including holding the advisory board meetings.
H. March or April will likely be the site team visit. A luncheon will be held for board members to meet with the team.
VI. New Program Development
I. The bachelor completion program has been in development for 4 years and is beginning in fall 2012 (BAS in Applied Technology Leadership).
a. This program allows acceptance into a bachelor degree with complete transfer of credits in field training (INDT 299).
b. Online completion allows students to work while taking courses at their pace.
c. Classes are used from the College of Business, upper level general education courses, and capstone courses in Industrial Technology.
d. This program is truly aimed at workforce development.
e. Each student will have their transcript individually evaluated, allowing for a seamless transition into the bachelor program.
f. This also allows Venango to be a partner with community colleges instead of competing with them.
J. Natural Gas Technology training at PMI.
a. Training stems from Mechatronics courses with additional courses that correlate with the needs of the natural gas industry.
b. Program completion offers multiple job opportunities outside of Nat. Gas.
a. Venango provides the only licensure program west of Harrisburg.
b. The 1st class has just completed their training.
L. Flight School
a. A contract is pending approval to offer a professional pilot program.
M. Ellwood City
a. Courses may be offered with Ellwood City to allow students to complete technical training through New Castle School of Trades and complete the program through courses offered in Ellwood City.
N. PMI – Chuck Guiste
a. More Clarion students are attending for Natural Gas with Mechatronics skill training. This program is popular and going quiet well.
b. They have connected with a group for nationally recognized credentials.
c. A partnership with manufacturers provides a Mechatronics Apprenticeship program. It is a state registered 3 year apprenticeship.
d. Enrollment in Welding is increasing; enrollment site wide has been steady.
O. EIT – Marie Whipple
a. Apprenticeship programs are also running at EIT.
b. Welding enrollment is drastically increasing.
P. Northwest Industrial Resource Center – Susan Hileman
a. The new director, Bob Bengel, began June 1st.
b. The IRC is focusing on innovation within manufacturing.
c. The website Innovation Marketplace bridges ideas to pre commercialization.
d. LEAN continues to be offered.
Q. Pennsylvania General Energy – Karen Thomas
a. They are focusing on getting students during their sophomore year.
b. They now focus on keeping them in Pennsylvania.
R. Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating – Rod Griffin
a. They have no problem finding welders.
b. It is very difficult to find machinists with the technical skills required.
S. Webco – Kyle Herron
a. There is a need to find enthusiastic manufacturing employees.
b. There is a lot of opportunity for overtime.
c. They now do internal testing to build from within and train qualified employees.
d. Engineers are difficult to find in this area.
e. They are training engineers through external courses at Clarion University and Penn State.
VIII. Adjourn 9:45 am