Ignite Your CTE Students’ Math Skills Webinar Offered by Sierra College CACT on May 22

Sierra College instructors, Bill Wenzel, Welding and Katie Lucero, Mathematics will present a webinar on May 22 at 4 PM PST on infusing welding assignments with essential math skills based on NSF funded IGNITE project that was successful in raising students’ mathematics skills and confidence.

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As a result of the IGNITE project, funded through NSF, Sierra College welding students are learning mathematics as they build custom designed hibachis.

“In this webinar, teachers can benefit from what we learned while developing and testing welding infused with math curriculum.”

Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2014

Without math skills, even the most talented Career Technical Education (CTE) student will have a hard time finding employment as a technician. In this teacher professional development webinar, Ignite Your CTE Students’ Math Skills, on May 22, 2014 at 4 PM PST, Sierra College instructors, Bill Wenzel, Welding and Katie Lucero, Mathematics will present eight turnkey activities and worksheets that they developed and used successfully in multiple welding classes to raise students’ math scores. Register for this free webinar at http://goo.gl/aBmP6l.

According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, participants will gain proven ways to make math relevant to CTE students and take the guesswork out of teaching critical calculations needed on the job. “Businesses consistently tell us that technicians need better math skills to be successful in Advanced Manufacturing,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “In this webinar, teachers can benefit from what we learned while developing and testing welding infused with math curriculum. The materials were created for the 2011-12 National Science Foundation (NSF) IGNITE (Infusing GeNed Into Technical Education) project, funded through a sub-grant from the University of West Virginia at Parkersburg.”

During the webinar, Wenzel and Lucero will suggest creative ways to introduce concepts, teach mathematical vocabulary and encourage students to actively participate in their own learning and practice. They will review eight turnkey activities and worksheets that have been tested repeatedly and resulted in higher student math scores.

“All CTE instructors can benefit from advice on which math functions can be incorporated into technical classes,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Participants will also learn how to build students’ confidence through hands-on math and project-based learning.”

In addition to being college instructors, both of the webinar presenters have industry experience. Katie Lucero has taught business math to technicians at manufacturing companies through the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at Sierra College. Bill Wenzel has over 25 years of industry and teaching experience, and continues to work as an AWS certified inspector. “They have the advantage of knowing what math skills employers are seeking,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

To register for this hands-on math in welding seminar on Thursday, May 22 at 4 PM PST, go to http://goo.gl/aBmP6l. After the event, it will be posted on YouTube: http://goo.gl/41MrUO. For more information, contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College at 916-660-7801, email her at training(at)sierracollege(dot)edu, or go to http://www.sierracollegetraining.com.

About Sierra College CACT
Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized employee training for organizations, manufacturers and technology businesses throughout Northern California. Students can pursue Welding, Mechatronics, Engineering, Energy Technology and Drafting & Engineering Support at Sierra College http://www.sierracollege.edu/. Additional information is available at http://www.sierracollegetraining.com/ or by contacting Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College at 916-660-7801.