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Monday is ETIC Day at the Capitol: Educating legislators on impact of engineering education partnerships

Contact: Di Saunders – Office, 503-725-5714; Cell, 503-807-5539
Source: Bruce Schafer, Director, OUS Industry Affairs - Office: 503-725-2915; Cell: 503-332-4666

Event will bring middle school through graduate school students, along with Oregon industry and education leaders, to the Capitol to meet with legislators

WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2007, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Open and FREE to the public.
State Capitol Galleria, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon
WHAT: ETIC (Engineering and Technology Industry Council) Day at the Capitol will showcase a full day of demonstrations, 3-D models, experiments, and information tables highlighting students served by ETIC’s engineering and technology education programs. ETIC-supported programs build a pipeline of elementary through college students interested in and trained to contribute to Oregon industry across the state. The spotlight will be on students and research: from middle school students inspired by LEGO robotics to graduate students demonstrating a wave-energy buoy, to an Oregon company commercializing medical technology. Students will travel to the Capitol to show legislators their innovations and tell how ETIC has impacted their lives. Students’ home towns include: Beaverton, Portland, Wilsonville, Salem, Chiloquin, Springfield, Bend, Powell Butte, Prineville, Corvallis, Mt. Angel, and Tigard.

Demonstrations will highlight the many ways ETIC-supported programs help to “grow our own” engineers and computer scientists, preparing Oregon students for success in Oregon industries that utilize technology. Besides the students, university and K-12 educators and industry leaders will be present to discuss ETIC and answer questions. Free refreshments will be provided. 

WHO: The Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC) is a public-private partnership launched by the Oregon Legislature in 1997 and has since leveraged more than $100 million in private support. This innovative legislation brought the state’s universities and industry together in collaboration with clear goals: graduate more and better engineers, computer scientists and technologists to meet statewide workforce needs; and expand research that will lead to new innovations, companies and jobs in Oregon. The ETIC partnership is made up of executives representing a range of industries from throughout Oregon as well as leadership from Oregon universities, community colleges, and the K-12 sector.

For more information on ETIC, go to: http://www.oregonetic.org/

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