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Drake State Receives $900K Grant From National Science Foundation


     J.F. Drake State Technical College has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $899,792 in Advanced Technology Education funds to implement a nationwide program to develop digital systems technicians.
     The grant provides two-year colleges with the curriculum, faculty professional development, and laboratory kits to enhance the teaching of digital systems to electrical engineering technology students. The grant also provides for digital summer camps for middle school and high school students and teacher training for high school technology instructors.
     Drake State President Dr. Helen T. McAlpine said, “This grant will enable students across the nation to prepare themselves for exciting careers being created by technology breakthroughs in electronics that enable engineers and designers to develop innovative new products in a variety of fields.”
     The NSF-sponsored Digital Technology Education Consortium (DigiTEC), led by Drake State, is a three-year project that joins electrical engineering faculty from the Midwest, the Southwest, and the Southeast. Drake State’s partners in this national consortium include Michigan Technological University, the University of New Mexico, and Arizona’s Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
     Drake State Principal Investigator Dr. John Reutter and Engineering Technologies Division Chair Karl Henry recently returned from the project kick-off in Phoenix, Ariz., where the lead investigators from each institution established the strategic framework for implementing the program.

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