Start a PTEC™ Program
This is a guide for institutions, industry and other interested parties that want to collaborate with CAPT to establish a Process Technology (PTEC™) program. Successful PTEC programs have followed or used the methods and information provided in this guide. However, it is the commitment and dedication of those seeking to start a program that is an absolute must for establishing and attaining a successful program. It is incumbent on the principles involved to build a trustful relationship that recognizes and fulfills the needs of all the partners in the program.
I. The key criteria listed below are critical for the successful establishment of an industry/education advisory committee:
"Process Dynamics for Starting a PTEC™ Program"
- Benchmark and learn from others who have successful programs
- Ensure the program is industry-defined and industry-driven
- Become one of the champions
- Find common ground with all partners
- Grow from and beyond personal agendas to teamwork
- Prepare to give more than you receive
- Ignore traditional boundaries - be willing to go beyond and not just accept the status quo
- Identify and set clear priorities
- Set goals and timelines to achieve them
- Define action items and those responsible for accomplishing them
- Offer a product that is valued by all
- Stay focused on the product
- Make sure that you are not your only customer
- Share your success story
II. Provide an administrative summary for institutional administrators and share the following about the program.
"Executive Summary - PTEC™ Program Proposal"
- Goals and Strategies
- Key Programs and Planned Activities
- Expected Outcomes
III. Define partner benefits - what the program will provide for each and how the program can affect their operational and business strategy.
- Educational Benefits:
- Increases student and instructor population
- Increases enrollment in other disciplines
- More students mean more money and more programs
- Provides good PR for the institution
- PTEC™ is the largest program at many institutions
- Job placement rates for graduates are greater than 97%
- Provides cooperative links to other educational institutions
- Industry Benefits:
- Provides more highly qualified entry level personnel who score higher on pre-employment tests
- Reduces cost of hiring new personnel (e.g.; applications, testing, interviews)
- Reduces basic training costs by 75% and the initial training of new hires is reduced
- Reduces job specific training costs by 40% and PTEC graduates qualify on the job sooner
- Reduces safety related incidents by 37%, according to a major industry partner study
- Community Benefits:
- Provides opportunity for career change
- Provides for workforce re-education and re-tooling for displaced workers
- Provides opportunities for high school graduates, low income students and minority students
- Provides pay in excess of $40,000 per year
- Provides increased economic revenues
- Provides for community and population stability
IV. Collectively define and decide on an appropriate curriculum.
Look at programs offered at other institutions and tailor a curriculum that meets the needs of industry in the area: "Examples of AAS Degree Programs"
V. Create a list of equipment and other support materials needed for the program.
Look at: "Recommended Equipment List for PTEC™"
VI. Examples of timelines for establishing a PTEC program at the state level.
See document: "Timelines for Establishing a PTEC™ Program"