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– Awarded $5,000 to developpartnerships with British universitiesspecializing in aviation training for a twofold purpose: 1) Enable NMC stu-dents to study abroad and UK studentsto ight train at NMC 2) Allow NMC Aviation to oer European pilot licensetraining. In late 2009 NMC aviationinstructors Bill Donberg and StevenUrsell - a native Londoner who alsograduated from NMC’s ight instructorprogram – visited four potential partnerschools. So far one has made a return visitto raverse City, with more planned forthe summer. A small number of Britishstudents will also ight train at NMC Aviation this summer.Grant leader Ursell said U.S. ightschools oer high quality training,equipment and facilities at signicantly lower cost than in Great Britian. Duallicensure by American and Europeanaviation authorities also will make NMCstudents more attractive on the jobmarket, he said.“Te partnership program will open upnew learning and career opportunitiesfor students and make NMC’s AviationProgram more marketable,” he said.
– Awarded $5,000for an electronic textbook pilot project.Planned for the Summer 2010 semester,the project will target students in four dif-ferent courses to determine whether elec-tronic devices like e-readers and iPads cansubstitute for hard-copy course materialsand save money in the process. Students will receive downloads, electronic reading devices and an orientation on electronictextbook use, track usage, and then sharetheir feedback.“We want to involve students in testing lower-cost e-textbooks to determine whatimpact it has on learning,” said Wendy Rogers, course materials buyer.If successful, the Bookstore will explorebusiness models for oering e-readers/course material downloads on a wider basis.
– Awarded $3,200for visual enhancement of dental as-sistant chairside procedures. A dentalassistant camera and LCD screen werepurchased and installed in the dentalclinic area. Procedures done in the oralcavity are now projected on the screen,allowing students a better view andthus enhancing learning.Student surveys had revealed a needto improve lab demonstrations, dentalassisting instructor Beckie Wooterssaid, leading to the grant request.“When you have 10 or 20 peopletrying to look in a little mouth, it’spretty dicult,” she said. Wooters added she’s already nding other applications for the systembeyond chairside procedures. She’sused it to demonstrate mixing dentalcement, and how to trim a crown.“I can reach them and see the lightgo o in their head,” she said.
– Awarded$2,400 for the ongoing investigationof nitrogen plasma. wo students will receive stipends to participate inresearch this summer. It is anticipatedthat the research will be submitted to a scientic journal for publication. Tegrant builds on research that began asan honors project last year. As a resultof the research, four NMC studentshad the rare privilege of presenting asan undergraduate at a regional meeting of the American Chemistry Society.Chemistry instructor Mary Jo Elliott, who submitted the grant, said shebelieves such projects are the best hopefor building the nation’s community of scientists.“Getting undergradutes involved inresearch is going to retain more peoplein science in the long run,” she said.“Hook these kids and keepthem around.”
From left, NMC aviation director Aaron Cook; Paul Hogan, Head of AviationDegrees at London Metropolitan University;and Steven Ursell, NMC Aviation Instructor and London native are exploring partnershippossibilities.
A new projection system allowsdental assisting students a better viewof procedures like the one Dr. RichardHoadley and student Tiffany Brighamperform in class.
From left, NMC volunteer GerryProvencher and students Amanda Van Haitsmaand James Pickard investigate the generationof nitrogen plasma.