Southwest Tennessee Community College

July 14, 2006

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Southwest receives grant from HP Technology for Teaching, Higher Education

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Engineering Technologies (ENTC) Department’s Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Engineering Technology programs were selected to receive the 2006 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Grant valued at more than $120,000.

The Higher Education Technology for Teaching grant initiative supports educators developing and sharing effective educational approaches and experiences for applying mobile technology into learning environments with other professors on campus and beyond. “The faculty and technicians of these programs combined their expertise and efforts to make this endeavor a success,” states Dr. Greg, Maksi, department chair for Engineering Technologies. The grant included 40 wireless HP tablets, 2 docking stations, 2 portable projectors, 2 printers, 2 digital cameras, and other accessories. Cash of $10,500 was also included. Southwest was one of 10 higher education institutions selected from a total field of 35 institutions. “This was quite an exciting achievement for the ENTC Department. The proposal title is ‘The Future by Humans for Humans: Using Tablet PCs and Mobile Technology to Strengthen Educational Ties between Engineering Technologies and the Bioscience Industry in Memphis’," stated Maksi.

Southwest faculty collaborated on a previous HP Grant in 2005 valued at $73,500 which included 20 wireless HP tablets, accessories, and $15,500 cash. Associate professors Mike Northern and Lisa Jones developed the distance learning courses, taught the courses, recruited the students, made presentations at professional conferences, and wrote the proposal draft. The great success of this grant led to it being extended for 2006. Both grants from the Hewlett Packard partnership totaled $193,500 with $36,000 cash included.

In 2004, 42 two-and four-year colleges and universities schools received the grant, and in 2005 the progress of many of these schools was recognized with a larger, more substantial grant investment through the HP Technology for Teaching Leadership award. Recipients were selected for reinvestment because of their success integrating HP technology into their classroom curriculum, demonstrating measurable positive impact on student achievement and proposing innovative plans to expand their programs to have broader impact on student success.

Also in 2005, 31 additional institutions received the Higher Education HP Technology for Teaching grant award. These schools will be considered for reinvestment opportunity in 2006.