Category Archives: TA3 Connections

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Bente Lyck-Damgaard and Hans Lehmann to lead TA3 as European Secretariat

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Bente Lyck-Damgaard is vice president at EUC Syd and has more than 15 years of experience in many different management positions at the college. She is now responsible for upper secondary technical education, IB and for the overall administration and economy of the college. EUC Syd is a regional college based in the southern part of Denmark and offers a wide range of vocational programmes, adult vocational training and supplementary programmes, technical upper secondary school and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Bente Lyck-Damgaard’s experience in the educational sector also includes a position at Southern Denmark Business School.

Bente Lyck-Damgaard holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and a Master of Business Administration in Educational Management from the University of Leicester, UK.


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Euc Syd becomes new European Secretariat

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Hans Lehmann is Vice Principal at EUC Syd, a regional college, offering upper secondary technical education, International Baccalaureate, vocational education and adult training. Hans Lehmann is responsible for the vocational educational programmes, adult training and internationalization and he is CIO for IT Center Syd. He holds a Master’s Degree in English and an MBA from University of Leicester.

One of the main focus areas for development in his job is the application of digital learning, and the consequences for teaching and learning. In addition, Hans promotes training that will prepare learners for the global work force. Hans has extensive experience in international projects and networks, including TA3, EU programmes, UNESCO Sustainable Learning Cities and cooperation with Chinese companies and colleges.


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August 2015 Volume 18 No. 2

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News includes a recap of the 2015 TA3 Symposium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, updates on the El Salvador project, member news and publications and several grant awards obtained by member schools.

Read the full Connections August 2015 FINAL


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March 2015 March 15 Volume 18 No. 1

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News includes a recap of the January 2015 TA3 Policy Forum, updates on the El Salvador project, a new member profile, several grant awards obtained by member schools and reflections.

Read the full March 15 Connections!


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TA3 Connections September 2014 Volume 17 No. 2

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News includes a recap of the June symposium at Ivy Tech Community College, an introduction to new TA3 Director, Burke Murphy of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, exciting project updates and a new member profile.

Read the full February 14 Connections!


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TA3 Connections March 2014 Online Now

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The March issue of TA3 Connections is available.

News items include the upcoming STEM, STEAM, and Dream! TA3 International Symposium, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded to one of our members, a member’s retirement, many new reports and publications, and a member profile of Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland.


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Policy Forum Held in Janurary

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TA3 hosted a Policy Forum in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 15, 2015. It was an intimate gathering featuring briefings from U.S. agencies on the latest policy developments of interest to community colleges. A wide range of agencies and topics were addressed.

 


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TA3 Connections October 2013 Volume 16 No. 2 Online Now!

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The new October 2013 edition of the TA3 Connections is available here.

Highlights include:

  • A summary of the events and presentations of the TA3 2013 symposium and meetings held June 16-19 in Copenhagen, Denmark on Workplace Learning and the Dual System.
  • Announcement of the next TA3 meeting to be hosted by Ivy Tech, June 1-4, 2014, in Indianopolis.
  • News from Members and Friends of the TA3
  • Milestones, Reports, and Meetings, including annual meeting of the National Council for Workforce Education, A Skills beyond School review by OECD, Center on Education and the Workforce’s report “Failure to Launch,” and European Commission’s “Work-Based Learning in Europe: Practices and Pointers.”
  • Looking Back on the past 20 years of the TA3
  • Member Profile: Salt Lake Community College’s Center for Arts and Media:  A Revolution in Learning

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Workplace learning in Europe and the United States

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Copenhagen was the site of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) 21 international symposium and meetings hosted by two Danish member technical colleges, TEC in Copenhagen and EUC-Syd in Sønderborg. The focus was workplace learning, a subject of renewed interest in countries that don’t have it and that are now reexamining it in light of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

The events enabled places re-considering workplace learning to learn from countries where apprenticeships are part and parcel of their systems of education—notably Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among the 24 EU countries that offer some form of apprenticeship that involves over half of learning. Community colleges in the U.S. operate at the edges with coop programs and internships but few have full-blown apprenticeship programs, in part because so many students have full or part-time jobs and in part because of insufficient business commitment.  At the secondary level in career and technical education, the demands of academic rigor, STEM, and testing constrain not only the time available for occupational programs but pedagogy. For more information, the agenda and presentations, click here.


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Copenhagen, Denmark, June 17, 2013, Work Based Learning – International Perspectives

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Copenhagen was the site of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) 21 international symposium and meetings hosted by two Danish member technical colleges, TEC in Copenhagen and EUC-Syd in Sønderborg. The focus was workplace learning, a subject of renewed interest in countries that don’t have it and that are now reexamining it in light of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

Bus MtgThe events enabled places re-considering workplace learning to learn from countries where apprenticeships are part and parcel of their systems of education—notably Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among the 24 EU countries that offer some form of apprenticeship that involves over half of learning. Community colleges in the U.S. operate at the edges with coop programs and internships but few have full-blown apprenticeship programs, in part because so many students have full or part-time jobs and in part because of insufficient business commitment.  At the secondary level in career and technical education, the demands of academic rigor, STEM, and testing constrain not only the time available for occupational programs but pedagogy.Meeting

The Copenhagen symposium explored ways that different institutions and different countries balance the requirements of a more demanding workplace with the value of experience and how they integrate “learning by doing” into their curricula—the methods, strengths and weaknesses, benefits, and future. View the agenda here. Click on links in agenda to download speaker presentations.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Roland Østerlund, former director of Denmark’s Vocational Education and Training System, who explained the Danish system and some of the issues it facing today;
  • Robert Schwartz, professor at Harvard and co-author of Pathways to Prosperity, discussed the potential of apprenticeship programs in the U.S. for improving the image of vocational education, reaching less advantaged populations, and bettering their career opportunities;
  • Vibe Aarkrog, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, described the pedagogical advantages of the dual system;
  • Hanne Shapiro, Danish Technological Institution, presented an overview of EU countries and forms of workplace learning; and
  • Ursula Scharnhorst, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, described the Swiss system, highlighting the structure, demand, stakeholders, and balance among knowledge, know-how, and attitudes.

Click on names above to view presentations by each keynote speaker.

DanesDuring the afternoon sessions, a range of other speakers from Denmark, Germany, the U.S., Northern Ireland, and Wales provided a variety of experiences with workplace learning from the perspectives of colleges, businesses, and research.  Panels included Kevin Jones, Vice President of Austin Polytechnic in Chicago, Stephan Szuppa, Siemens Professional Education in Germany, Marie Foster-Gagne, President of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, David Jones, Principal of Deeside College in Wales, and John Quinn, Director of Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland.

TA3 members met at TEC on Tuesday, heard presentations by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Anita Brown-Graham, Executive Director of North Carolina’s Institute for Emerging Issues, and discussed new projects and pressing issues.Wine

The theme of the next TA3 international meeting, to be hosted by Ivy Tech, will be in Indianapolis June 1-4, 2014 will on “STEM, STEAM, and Dream.”  The symposium will explore ways to balance technical education, humanities, and the arts and possible impacts on employment, productivity, and innovation.