An International Connection

An International Connection

CV-TEC Program Partners with German University

CV-TEC Division

CVES Publications Specialist

Students in the New Visions: Applied Engineering program at CV-TEC Plattsburgh and Mineville campuses will be part of a new pilot program called Authentic STEM with  students and educators at the University of Seigen in Germany. This new partnership with  the University of Seigen will allow CV-TEC high school seniors in the New Visions program  to work together to solve manufacturing problems for local and international manufacturing companies, such as Schulter Systems, which has plants located in  Plattsburgh and in parts of Germany.

The goal of the Authentic STEM Program is:
• Long-term establishment of career-oriented and career-developing content aligned to the school curriculum.
• Insight into problem and process-oriented ways of the internal working of companies.
• Authentic content link between companies and potential schools for attracting  apprentices.
• Better alignment of school education and career & technical training / employment.
• International cooperation to create a variety of contents, give insight into transnational  problems and expand the repertoire of problem-solving approaches.

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“We want to combine high school education programs in Germany and the United States  and programs at CV-TEC to really look at crossroads between [career & technical  education] training, higher education and enjoyment,” said Dr. Gero Stoffels, researcher and lecturer at the University of Seigen. “We want to do it by developing and  implementing an integrated career orientation program.” 

In addition to the project’s educational objectives for its high school and college students,  local leaders at the North Country Workforce Development Board and businesses want to  nurture a talented, skilled workforce right in the communities of upstate New York. 

“This project really allows us to look at the long-term planning of economic development  and the long-term planning of ‘train and sustain’,” said Michele Friedman, Director of  Career & Technical Education at Champlain Valley Educational Services. 

“[The] business of career and technical education is to plant the seed – the necessary  skills coupled with the passion and desire and will to learn. But our job is not just to  prepare students for the vacancies that they see online right now. Our job is to prepare  them for vacancies that we don’t even know what they look like yet.”

Part of this effort is to also educate the community about what goes on inside of the non-descript buildings they see in the local industry park owned by The Development Corp  (TDC). Students will also learn how to navigate their future career and technical education so they can be prepared to seamlessly transition to a post-secondary engineering or related program and then return to the North Country where their talent is needed. 

Sylvie Nelson, Executive Director of the North Country Workforce Development Board, is  pleased that the partnership will have a potentially lasting impact on industry in the  region.

“It’s important as you are probably hearing out there that industry is looking for people,  they are looking for employees and a skilled workforce, and this is a way to bring a skilled  workforce back to our communities. And we do it through the passion that is already  there,” Nelson said.

As the partnership between CV-TEC and the University of Seigen gets underway, the  NCWDB hopes that a toolkit can be developed so that the model can be reciprocated and  expanded among other educational programs such as Upward Bound at SUNY Plattsburgh and additional New Vision students at CV-TEC and neighboring BOCES under the workforce development umbrella.

Ultimately, all parties hope to foster a skilled and educated workforce that will serve the local industries and the future of their communities.

“At the end of the day, the talent that we see here and the talent that we haven’t seen yet  – we have a moral obligation to train that talent and sustain our beautiful North Country,”  Friedman said.