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Revitalizing Electronics Engineering Technology Programs

Revitalizing Electronics Engineering Technology Programs

Across the nation, AAS programs in electronics engineering technology (EET) are seeing declines in their enrollments. Many programs have had to close. Reasons for this decline include the student misperception that electronics is a dead-end career path that lacks the high-tech appeal of other emerging technical fields. These closures are having a serious ripple effect that will negatively impact other two-year college technical programs This paper presents reasons for this decline and describes a process for reversing it. The process involves the implementation of an electronics core within emerging technology programs that require solid electronics foundations. Because these emerging technology programs represent interesting and financially viable career options, enrollment in them will continue to increase, which in turn will cause increases in enrollment in the electronics core courses. This paper presents a basic curriculum model that includes an embedded electronics core that supports emerging technology specialty options. Examples are also presented of how two-year colleges are implementing this model.

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