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program’s advisory committee. The “Curriculum Change Process,” is a document on the
College’s Intranet (FastInfo) system that is designed to assist program managers.
Faculty assess learning outcomes through measures suitable to their individual courses and
programs. The results of assessment drive planning for the following year.
Technical Skills
Assessments (TSAs) are required by the State Division of Professional-Technical Education
(PTE). They measure the technical knowledge and skills developed by the student during the
program of study.
Faculty participate in the selection of new instructors. The VP for Instruction and Student
Affairs appoints the committee chair, who recruits the rest of the committee. Applicants
submit paperwork through the Human Resources (HR) personnel, who electronically submit
the packets to each member of the committee. Interviewing may be conducted through
face to face interviews, phone interviews or teleconferences, depending on the location and
situation of the candidates. Candidates are asked the same questions and may provide a 20
minute lesson to the committee. Candidates are ranked according to criteria developed by
the hiring committee, and references are checked before an offer is made. The committee
makes its
recommendation for hiring, but the final decision is made by the president.
2.C.6 Faculty and Library Resources
Faculty members vary in their emphasis on student use of the Library. Most student
research is done through the Internet and through Ebsco databases provided by the Library.
The head librarian is available to provide research instruction, including access of electronic
databases and to help students locate information in the library.
The Library maintains a professional development collection used by faculty and staff
pursuing advanced degrees. It also supports faculty and students through interlibrary loan
services. Some instructors give students specific assignments to complete using library
resources, and classes held in computer labs make it easy for faculty or the librarian to
instruct students on searching library databases for reliable information.
In addition to books, media, and periodicals, the Library has 36 networked computers,
which are well-used and available to students, faculty, and the community (w/ guest pass).
Information Technology personnel assist instruction at every level. They maintain computer
equipment in labs and offices, update and support the Blackboard Course Management
System, and ensure classroom technology is up-to-date and working properly. Issues are
promptly addressed through an automated help desk function. Media Services, which is
part of the IT division, assists in printing, photography, making videos, and setting up special
equipment for in-service presentations.
2.C.7 Credit for Prior Experiential Learning
Although credit is not generally given for experiential learning, students who complete
courses certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) may
transfer these courses and field experience for up to 48 required technical credits for Fire
Service Technology AAS
.
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