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1 Workforce Development Initiatives The University of Alabama in Huntsville

2 is Workforce Development Wernher von Braun on Building Critical Assets To make Huntsville more attractive to technical and scientific people across the country and to further develop the people we have now the academic and research environment of Huntsville and Alabama must be improved. It s s the university climate that brings the business. It s not water, or real estate, or labor or cheap taxes that brings industry to a state or city. It s brainpower.

3 University Significance in Brainpower Workforce Development Academics Research Recruitment Retention Programs Campus Events Community/State Initiatives Lifelong Education

4 Academics Brainpower Top ACT in Alabama State Institutions 85% of Teaching to Full Time Students Average Student Age: 20 years Note: Recognition and Accolades Science, Engineering, Business, Nursing, Liberal Arts Continuing Ed; Lifelong Learning Evolving to Meet Industry Needs

5 Academics Brainpower Half of Graduates in Engineering and Physical Sciences Business: Top 10% and Evolving to Meet DoD, NASA, and Commercial Industry Needs Liberal Arts: Strong and Growing Cooperative Education & Research Ensure a hands-on, application concentrated education JCIB High School Story

6 Research Brainpower $75M+ (largest non-medical, science & engineering level in Alabama) Brings Prestige and Additional Brainpower to HSV Environment of Discovery Allows an Environment of Application for Students beyond Non-research Universities

7 Research (cont d) Brainpower National Space Science Technology Center (NSSTC) Collaborative effort with NASA, other AL Research Universities At s s Bud Cramer Hall

8 Recruitment Historical & Logical Facts of Life If we don t t develop and attract engineers and scientists, we can t t expect jobs to stay in Huntsville Jobs leave Civil Service Contractors can place employees anywhere Need for less-than than-four year degreed positions diminishes Support/other jobs don t t grow

9 Recruitment State, Regional and National Recruitment Efforts AL High School Graduates: 2% increase over next 10 years Not sufficient to meet HSV needs Recruitment must expand on the national level These students must be bought (scholarships) Co-Op; Internships Prospect of Good Employment after Graduation Excellent Graduate School Options Just like bringing an Executive to Huntsville: If we can get them here, we can Keep them

10 Recruitment Young Professionals Enhancement of student life at directly impacts the community s ability to attract and retain young professionals. YP Life in HSV has Improved Vastly Over the Last 5 Years YP s are Attracted to the Things They re Used to in College (the University Environment and its Offshoots) Excellent Graduate School Options

11 Mid-Professionals Quality of Life Recruitment Safety Cost of Living Family Environment Culture Presence of a Vibrant Intellectual Environment Excellent K 12 Excellent Universities Continuing Education Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Association: Brainpower attracts Brainpower Again, if we can get them here

12 Retention If we can get them here Scholarships Co-Op Internships Placement Services ( Career Services) Experiential Learning ASCE, NSBE, SWE, EWB, AMA, LA+, IEEE, NSPE, Service & Fraternal Clubs, dozens more we can keep them here.

13 Programs On-Campus, -Sponsored Events North Alabama Science & Engineering Fair Alabama Science & Engineering Fair Science Olympiad Robotics Competitions Engineering Camp Annual Bridge Math Camp Sally Ride Science Festival (girls 5 th 8 th ) Liberal Arts Tournament Career Days Engineering Days

14 Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF) and North Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (NARSEF) Reggie Bell Gates Scholar Chose to attend because of ASEF Effective Interest Generator & Recruitment Tool Dozens of competition and special awards, scholarships ASEF: > 200 Students from all over Alabama plus Parents & Teachers NARSEF: 350+ students Corporate participation is essential Funding for winners travel to International Fair Judging Special Awards

15 Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF) State-wide Science/Engineering Awareness Effort

16 Youth Science & Engineering- Related Development Programs Science Olympiad Robotics Fairs

17 Programs Academic Development Programs: K - 12 AMSTI & HASP Early Alabama Reading Initiative Role Boeing K 12 Program Inquiry-based Science Teaching Program Infinity Program Engineering Curriculum at 18 State High Schools, 5 in Madison County, 8 in North Alabama

18 Programs HASP Hands-on Activity Science Program Partnership of and 8 N AL school systems Grades K 6 Housed on campus AMSTI Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative Math, science, and technology activity- based, inquiry based instruction Grades K - 12 Housed on campus

19 Cooperative Education Program Real world experience in structured, progressive, paid work assignments in their field of study, supervised by professionals in the field Recruitment Tool: Parents and Students see it as a way to pa for college and ensure a job on graduation Since 1979, over 3900 participants; ~500 in more than the previous year Student Earnings: $2.99M in Colleges: Engineering, Science, Business, Liberal Arts

20 Cooperative Education Program 8 th Most students alternate terms of work and school until they graduate Long-term commitment allows employers to cost-effectively train and screen potential employees Valuable approach to recruit and retain a qualified work force Success Story at Siemens VDO: 47 in less than one year; 55 in 2007 th Largest in Southeastern US One of only 13 accredited Co-op op programs in the US National Co-op op of the year, 2006: Marvin Barnes, Chem E (second title in 10 years) Internships Available through individual colleges

21 Continuing Education Professional Development Special Programs Customized Training Online/Distance Learning Educator Programs Health & Physical Education Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

22 Capstone Courses Industry in Class Programs Entrepreneurism Cooperative: Business, Engineering, Science Preparation for Fund Seeking, Business Acumen Science or Engineering Major + Business Minor Charger Products Commercialization of Technology HAIB Companies won 2 nd and 3 rd place in the 2007 Alabama LaunchPad Initiative

23 is Workforce Development Brainpower Academics Research Recruitment Retention Programs Campus Events Initiatives

24 Master Plan

25 Master Plan: Beyond 5 Years

26 Shelby Center for Science and Technology

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