Technology Education Division Report

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Technology Education Division Report

Scarcella, Joe, Rogers, George E., Olson, Jerry, Techniques

Technology Education Division Vice President-Elect

George E. Rogers has been elected Technology Education Division vice president-elect. Dr. Rogers is an associate professor and coordinator of technology teacher education at Purdue University. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MS from Wayne State College and a BS from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He currently serves on the Technology Education Division Policy Committee and last year served as the Technology Education Division Strategic Planning Committee chair. Dr. Rogers' term will commence July 05.

Pre-Engineering Education: Justification for its Inclusion in the TE Curriculum

Why should pre-engineering education be included in technology education? The linkages seem to be obvious, as pre-engineering education has a direct correlation to technology education. From our humble beginnings as manual arts, technology education has provided both the career exploration and skill development for students to enter the engineering profession.

Engineering, as a term and a discipline, is more understood and valued than technology education. As we look at the schools of today, technology education is viewed as an unessential area of the curriculum and, in many cases, not even a recognized discipline. In general, technology education is misunderstood. The public understands "engineering." And more importantly, the public values "engineering."

Across this nation, there is a serious shortage of engineers and engineering technologists. Adding to this problem is the fact that engineering schools report a very high attrition rate. The root cause is inadequate high school preparation, preparation that must be provided in our technology education courses. By increasing the academic focus of our technology education programs, without losing the hands-on application, the profession can achieve both academic rigor and practical application of skills.

Another important factor for career and technical educators is that engineering provides an advanced career path for technology education students. Students can focus on a path toward mechanical engineering or civil engineering; a career path toward "technology" is ambiguous. The change to include preengineering education in our discipline may not be easy for some, but it can provide a vibrant future for technology education and our nation.

Epsilon Pi Tau Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) was originally conceived and founded on March 13, 1929, by William E. Warner, who is widely known as the founder of Epsilon Pi Tau. An enduring and consistently mutually supportive relationship between a number of internationally recognized technology related organizations, including the Technology Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), has continued throughout the 75-year history of Epsilon Pi Tau. ACTE members and technology educators generally benefit from the Epsilon Pi Tau program that fosters academic excellence and leadership development and recognition of individuals in these areas.

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