SCATE Center Partners with CORD
The SCATE Center has partnered with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
The SCATE Center has partnered with the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and two other NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers — the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) as well as employers in cybersecurity and mechatronics across the country. The Necessary Skills Now (NSN) project has developed and begun to pilot instructional curriculum that integrates sector-specific technical skills and employability skills within a continuum of coursework, from foundational to advanced specialty courses in associate degree programs within cybersecurity and mechatronics disciplines. Teams of identified faculty and employer partners have developed six integrated curriculum projects for each sector (cybersecurity and mechatronics), using a common instructional design template. Each of the 12 integrated projects is currently being piloted by community colleges across the country. A common evaluation rubric will be used to provide feedback to the project team, which will then revise the curricula. This approach of integrating employability skills across a whole program of study is novel. The SCATE Center is proud of our involvement on the Necessary Skills Now project team that will help contribute to the embedding of employability skills within curricula in advanced technology. For more information about the project, visit necessaryskillsnow.org.