By: Matthew Liedke, Wahpeton Daily News
North Dakota State College of Science was a scene of collaboration Thursday and Friday as personnel from educational institutions met for a conference.
The American Technical Education Association held the regional conference, inviting staff from two-year community and technical colleges in seven states: North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa.
Locations for the conference varies year-to-year, with NDSCS hosting every five-to-seven years. Other community and technical colleges in the aforementioned states have an opportunity to host the conference, as well.
Barbara Bang, dean of the technologies and services division at NDSCS, explained that the two-day conference included tours of different industries and businesses, as well as educational sessions held on the campus.
“It includes a little bit of everything,” Bang said. “We had hands-on sessions. Some were very general sessions on teaching and learning and some are more focused on automotive or construction, while others covered using technology in the classroom.”
The conference also included a keynote speaker, whose topic was on teaching today’s students. Dr. Mark Taylor, a national speaker, gave the presentation. Bang described it as “teaching the next generation and how today’s learner is different than students in the past and how faculty has to adapt.”
Networking is the most important part of the conference, according to Bang, who said, “it’s all about sharing ideas and professional development, they can learn a lot from each other.”
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