Energy Course Redesign

A Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant for $17.3 million was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC). The Consortium is focused on enhancing current energy-related programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce. The funds are being used for curricular redesign and the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs. The project facilitates partnerships between energy-related businesses, community colleges, and local workforce centers to train unemployed and under-employed workers with skills they need for placement in some of Colorado’s highest-paying and most in-demand jobs. In addition, workers who have been out of school for a while and who require remediation to succeed in college-level work will benefit from a complete redesign of remedial education using nationally recognized best practices to help students enter and succeed in the fast-growing energy industry in Colorado.

Northeastern Junior College Wind Turbine Lab

Course OER

COETC funds were used for curricular redesign with a focus on bridging the gap between existing student skills and industry/workforce needs. CCCS and individual colleges developed material to help student support services and faculty to implement the curriculum redesign.

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Electro-Mechanical and Energy Technology

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Front Range Community College used COETC grant funds to enhance current ElectroMechanical and Energy Technology programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce. Emphasis was on curricular redesign and purchasing the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs.

All students, regardless of previous misdemeanor or felony convictions, are welcome to enroll in the ElectroMechanical and Energy Technology program at Front Range Community College; however, it is important to understand that employment in the manufacturing or energy field is not guaranteed and is subject to the hiring policies of the individual company.

Open Electro-Mechanical and Energy Technology Courses

FRCC is also providing contextualized math modules for their Energy Technology program. The modules are developed to be integrated into the certificate and degree courses to help students refresh math skills they will need in order to complete their course work.

Line Technician

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Trinidad State Junior College used COETC grant funds to enhance current Energy Technology programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce. Emphasis was on curricular redesign and purchasing the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs.

It is important for prospective and current students with felony convictions to understand, they can enroll in the Line Technician Program, however employment in the field is not guaranteed.  Prospective and current students are informed at enrollment and during the course of the program that employment in the field includes passing a background check (which is required by the employer). Passing a background check may be hindered because of prior convictions or activities.

Contextualized Energy Math courses

TSJC has developed a series of math tutorials and hybrid courses for students enrolled in the Utility Line Technology/Technician courses. The following course material specifically relates to the Line Technician industry.

Mining and Extraction Technologies

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Pueblo Community College's technology-based Workforce Development Program at Southwest Colorado Community College has a commitment to emulate as close as possible the work environments students will experience on the job. This emulation is put in place by ensuring we have highly qualified instructors, leading edge technological capabilities, facilities and infrastructure to support multimedia and alternative delivery systems, as well as up-to-date curriculum and courses to address the needs of the business and industrial sector. PCC is providing quality training to companies and their employees that will enrich their skills, leading to a more productive workforce. It is important to understand prospective students and current students with felony convictions can enroll in any of Pueblo Community College's Mining and Extraction Technologies courses. Employment in the field is not guaranteed. Participants with a felony conviction might be able to find employment in the energy program area we prepare students to enter.  Our employers have told us that they will look at these participants on a case by case basis.  Each employer has different criteria that they look at. Some will accept convictions if they are not a violent crime, some if they are not drug related, some based on the number of years since the conviction, etc.

Open Mining and Extraction Technology Courses

OPEN College Success Courses

Oil and Gas Technologies

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Aims Community College in conjunction with the Department of Labor is investing in new technologies and providing training for a workforce in the growing oil and gas industry.

It is important to understand prospective students and current students with felony convictions can enroll in any of Aims Community College Oil and Gas Programs. Employment in the energy field is not guaranteed and is dependent upon company, time, and conviction.

Open Oil and Gas Technology Courses

Contextualized Math

Aims CC has developed a contextualized math course for students enrolled in the Integrated Energy and Process Technology courses. The following course incorporates math concepts specifically as they relate to Integrated Energy and Process Technology Courses.

Process Technology

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Colorado Mountain College CMC Canvas website links below were created in order to fulfill the requirements of the TAACCCT grant. You may copy any of the information from the contextualized modules in the Canvas course applying the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Share Alike license.

Prospective and current students of CMC’s Integrated Energy Program with previous felony convictions can enroll in any of the courses within the Integrated Energy Program; Oil and Gas, Solar Electrical, Process Technology, etc. Employment in the energy field, with said background, is not guaranteed and subject to hiring practices of the individual company.

OPEN Process Technology Courses

The goal of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is to provide Integrated Energy and Process Technology faculty with contextualized English and math modules that instructors can use in their courses to help students refresh skills they will need in order to complete their course work.

Solar Technology

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Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Canvas website links below were created in order to fulfill the requirements of the TAACCCT grant. You may copy any of the information from the contextualized  modules in the Canvas course applying the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Share Alike license.

Prospective and current students of CMC’s Integrated Energy Program with previous felony convictions can enroll in any of the courses within the Integrated Energy Program; Oil and Gas, Solar Electrical etc. Employment in the energy field with said background is not guaranteed and subject to hiring practices of the individual company.

Open Solar courses

The goal of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is to provide Integrated Energy and Process Technology faculty with contextualized English and math modules that instructors can use in their courses to help students refresh skills they will need in order to complete their course work.

Water Quality Management

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The Water Quality Management Technology (WQM) program at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) is one of 12 centers in the country with a comprehensive program that prepares students for employment in water and waste-water operations and other water industries. RRCC's WQM Degrees and Programs Fact Sheet contains additional resources for those interested in the water quality management program.

RRCC used COETC grant funds for activities such as curricula redesign for online and distance learning, the creation of a mobile teaching lab, supporting student success through career coaching, and coordinating job readiness training and professional networking events.

Open Energy courses

Contextualized Energy Math Tutorials

RRCC has developed a series of math tutorials for students enrolled in the water quality courses. The following tutorials incorporate math concepts specifically as they relate to water quality. Water Quality instructors may assign various tutorials to the student or students may use these tutorials on their own.

(Individual Math Tutorial Lessons Linked below)

Wind Technology

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Northeastern Junior College wind technology program used COETC grant funds to enhance current Integrated Energy and Process Technology programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce. The funds were used for curricular redesign and the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs.

In order for Wind Tech program completers to be gainfully employed, it is important for the student to know that most employers in the wind industry will do a background check. While each company will have their own benchmark, the following items should be considered carefully before committing to the Wind Tech program. Students should expect a background check to include prior and current work verification, criminal history, motor vehicle report, and a drug screen. You will also be required to pass a physical exam and a climb test on a wind turbine.

Most wind industry employers are looking for:

  • No felony convictions.
  • No DUI’s in the past five years.
  • Driving record: less than three points maximum over the past three years.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner, by face to face, telephone, radio, and email.
  • Strong work ethic – including appearance, timeliness, professional & courteous attitude

Nancelle Wind Turbine Lab

Open Wind Courses

Developmental Education Redesign

The goal of the redesign is to accelerate students through developmental education by reducing the amount of time, number of developmental credits, and number of courses in the developmental sequence so students can be successful in a college level course. Accelerated learning requires a curriculum redesign.

Purpose Statement: Prepare students testing into Reading, Writing, and/or Math at the high school level or higher to enter and succeed in 100 level or above classes. Students who do not test into at least high school level will be offered independent opportunities to re-mediate and reassess for placement (referred to as Assessment Prep and Soft Landing).

Developmental Education Task Force

Voices on Education Redesign

Frontline Testimonials About Teaching A New Paradigm of Courses Created by the Community Colleges of Colorado’s Developmental Education Redesign

Faculty Voices Publication

Course OER

COETC funds were used for curricular redesign with a focus on bridging the gap between existing student skills and industry/workforce needs. CCCS and individual colleges developed material to help student support services and faculty to implement the curriculum redesign.

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College Composition and Reading Overview

Colleges will offer an accelerated model that provides students with the opportunity to enter a 100 level class no later than their second term in enrollment.

Soft Landing. Colleges may offer a non-credit option for students who come in at RC 0-39 and/or SS 0-49 to prepare to reassess. Method of delivery is an institutional decision and may include, but is not limited to, referral to Adult Basic Education programs, boot camp, Core Skills Mastery, Accuplacer preparation, My Foundations Lab (MFL), Aleks, MOOC’s, or tutoring, all leading to reassessment for placement.

College Reading and Composition (CCR) Lab (CCR 091). Co-requisite credit-based support for CCR coursework.

CCR (CCR 092). Integrated reading and writing across the disciplines. Prepares students for college-level courses.

CCR (CCR 092) + Lab (CCR 091). Integrated reading and writing across the disciplines with co-requisite lab. Colleges may enroll students with RC 0-39 and/or SS 0-49 placement scores directly in CCR with a co requisite lab experience. This is designed to be a one semester experience that prepares students for college-level courses.

Studio D (CCR 093). Integrated reading and writing with co-requisite or linked 100-level courses within one or more of the four discipline strands.

Studio 121 (CCR 094). Co-requisite integrated reading and writing support paired or linked with ENG 121.

Discipline Strands. Discipline specific content in new CCNS courses would allow colleges to use reverse design to any of four groups of courses i.e. Communication, Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, and Science depending on student’s completion goals.

Placement and transition. If students have taken any 100-level course in the 4 (four) discipline strands and passed it, they are finished with REA/ENG sequence. If they have taken and passed ENG 121, they have also completed their needed developmental courses. Students who have completed neither must take the appropriate CCR course based on their Sentence Skills score, or they can retest.

College Composition and Reading OER Courses

CCR091 College Composition and Reading Lab

CCR092 College Composition and Reading

CCR093 Studio D

CCR094 Studio 121

Contextualized OPEN English Courses

CCR Course Repository zipped files

Math Redesign Overview

Colleges will offer students pathways to 100 level Math courses. Students will choose their path based on their career or major area of interest. Students should receive advising to help them choose the appropriate path and initial math course for their career and/or transfer goals.

Assessment Prep and Skill Refresher. Students who have an Accuplacer EA < 29 and an AR < 39 should be offered non-credit options for improving their Accuplacer score that might include and are not limited to referral to Adult Basic Education programs, boot camp, Core Skills Mastery, Accuplacer preparation programs, My Foundations Lab (MFL), Aleks, MOOC’s, or tutoring. Additionally, students with any developmental placement score have the option to do this same kind of preparation and re-test into the appropriate class.

Quantitative Literacy (MAT 050).  Students with an Elementary Algebra (EL ALG) 30-84 or AR> 40 who are interested in taking a 100 level Non-Transfer or Non-Algebra math course should enroll in Quantitative Literacy. This course will be reverse designed to include only content necessary for success in Non-Algebra and Non-Transfer math courses. It is possible that a student who successfully completes this course may change their mind from a non-Algebra or non-transfer path to a Algebra path. If that is the case, the next course they should enroll in is the Algebra prep course after successful completion of the Quantitative Literacy course.

Algebraic Literacy (MAT 055). Students with an EL ALG score 60-84 who choose the Algebraic pathway should enroll in this course. Algebraic Literacy will be reverse designed to include only content necessary for success in MAT 121 and MAT 123.

  • Non-Transfer Math. Students who have an EL ALG > 60 may enroll in MAT 103, 107, 108, 109, or 112.
  • Non-Algebra. Students who have an EL ALG > 85 or greater may enroll in MAT 120, 135, 155, or 156.
  • Algebra. Students with an EL ALG > 85 may enroll in MAT 121 or MAT 123.

Math Learning Support Co-Req. Colleges may decide to offer a co-requisite learning support class for students with an EL ALG 45 – 59 in Algebraic Literacy, EL ALG 30 – 60 or AR > 40 in Non-Transfer and EL ALG 80 – 85 in Transfer Non-Algebra and Algebra. This learning support co-requisite provides additional structured support to students who are close to the placement score and would like to enroll in the next course.

Math delivery: Courses at any point in the sequence may be delivered face to face, via modules, or online depending on space and staffing needs at the college.

Placement and transition. Before the CCCS Accuplacer can be developed, the following testing sequence will be given to all students who complete math placement exams: the elementary algebra exam (EL ALG) should be given first. Students will only take the arithmetic (AR) exam if they score below a 30 on the EL ALG. The AR exam should be used as a secondary measurement to allow students to place into Quantitative Literacy or math learning support co-requisite with a non-transfer math course.

Math OER Courses

Algebraic Literacy Lab

Pre-Algebra

MAT050 Quantitative Literacy

MAT055 Algebraic Literacy

Math Repository Zipped Files

Math Special Topics

Contextualized Math Courses

Math Resources

DOL Project Outcomes

Resources

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