Industrial Technology offers occupational and technical programs that lead to Associate Applied Science degrees in Computer Graphics and Multimedia Production Technology or Computer Electronics Technology. These programs are designed to address 1) the technical needs of students who seek employment for or a change in industrial employment, 2) the in service needs of technicians who seek to improve their technical knowledge and skills to keep pace with changing technology in industry, and 3) the needs of those who desire personal enrichment or orientation by taking courses in these areas.
The Industrial Technology programs actively support the following goals of Kentucky Tech Prep:
- To reinforce student interest and enhance achievement in academic and technical skills;
- To integrate curriculum at both the secondary and post secondary levels in a sequence of courses leading to an associate degree in a technical field;
- To establish articulation among secondary/ post secondary institutions, colleges, and uni-versities;
- To prepare and assist students for entry into the workforce; and
- To upgrade vocational/technical courses to meet current and future needs.
The Industrial Technology programs are currently associated with three Tech Prep consortia based in Shelbyville, Harrodsburg, and Franklin counties. Rapid advances in technology in the workplace have brought about significant changes in competencies required of the labor force. Employers are in need of workers who can apply higher math and science competencies, com-municate effectively (both in writing and orally), and demonstrate problem solving skills.
In order to meet the challenges of today and to plan for the technological future, the programs offered through Industrial Technology have been designed to assist students in the enhancement of their education to better prepare them for the demands of the workplace.
Students from select area secondary and post-secondary schools may qualify for transfer of technical coursework under existing articulation agreements with Kentucky State University. In the Industrial Technology area, students enrolled in one of its associate degree programs may get credit for previous work in either Computer Graphics and Multimedia Production Technology or Computer Electronics Technology programs. These credit transfer agreements enable students to pursue a University degree without transitional delay or duplication of previous coursework. Credit may be awarded after a thorough review of a student’s transcript and consultation with a University faculty advisor. A competency-based examination may also be given by the advisor to assist in the transfer evaluation process. More information may be obtained from the Division of Computer and Technical Sciences office.