Wor-Wic Partners with TIME Center
May 06, 2004

Wor-Wic Community College is a partner in a new Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education (TIME) Center initiative funded by a $3 million National Science Foundation grant over the next four years.

Other TIME Center partners include the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Community College of Baltimore County, the College of Southern Maryland, Harford Community College and 11 other industry, government and education entities throughout Maryland.

“Wor-Wic has been working to increase the awareness of manufacturing educational and career opportunities. We are excited to join in this effort to develop and improve manufacturing workforce needs across Maryland,” said Timothy R. Sherman, dean of occupational education and Eastern Shore manager for the TIME Center.

The TIME Center plans to increase the awareness of and promote the image of manufacturing careers to address employee and skill shortages.

“Today’s manufacturing careers require higher computer and engineering skill levels, and they provide better salaries, a cleaner work environment and job stability,” said Sherman. “The industry has changed significantly, and we want to let people know that there are promising educational and employment opportunities available.”

By increasing awareness, the TIME Center wants to increase the interest of students and workers to learn new or upgrade existing manufacturing skills to prepare them for employment in the manufacturing field. To help meet workforce demands, the center will focus on five areas:

1) Curriculum development -- The partnership plans to develop a modular, flexible program that can be adapted and revised to address processing, fabrication, electronics/instrumentation and industrial maintenance requirements. The curriculum will focus on workplace and core technical skills.

2) Regional skill standards -- Educators and employers will have access to tools for measuring, assessing and defining skill levels for various industries through a statewide database.

3) Industry image and manufacturing careers -- The center will promote manufacturing careers to students and faculty by hosting field trips to manufacturing companies. High school and college career counselors will be able to participate in online technical courses. Internships and summer workshops will be offered for high school students.

4) Faculty professional development -- Faculty from Maryland educational institutions will have access to online learning, workshops, modular manufacturing courses and degrees, industry internships and national conferences.

5) Manufacuturing Web portal -- A central Web-based resource will be created for educators, employers, students and workers to access services and information related to manufacturing, including skills-based career exploration and job matching, instructional courseware and curriculum development resources, job postings and applications, education and training opportunities, and a job exchange for employers and interested applicants.

Sherman and Donald C. Nicholson, technology department head at Wor-Wic, will focus on employer outreach, articulation, local needs and curriculum development, and assessments in fabrication industries and machining on the Eastern Shore.

For more information, call Wor-Wic at (410) 334-2800 or visit the TIME Center Web site at www.time-center.org.