Archives—October 2017

ABET Recognizes ECM Program

Dear ECM-ers from 2015-present,

 Yesterday was the culmination of the on-site visit by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  Evaluators were here assessing programs in both the college of engineering and the school of technology.  At the exit meeting, two strengths were noted across all programs.  The first was the Early Career Management Committees and the second was the Enterprise program.

I wanted to share with you how significant this is.  For the last 6 years, departments and programs have been completing their assessments which culminated in a report submitted to ABET this last summer for their review.  Their questions during their visit this week largely originated from those reports.  Enterprise was of course emphasized everywhere in the report, but the Early Career Management Committees would not have been.  Thus, it was the mention of this program during the opening session on Monday at 8 am and discussions with all of you that reinforced in the ABET evaluators minds what an asset this program has been.

Each of you have played a meaningful and significant role in cultivating and supporting our own talent.  Each of you have contributed to creating a place where we all love to work and can thrive.  Each of you play a valuable role in creating the future of Michigan Tech.  Thank you for all of these things and the other tiny efforts in between.
While you are in the mindset of helping shape the future of Tech, please take the time to respond to the survey about working, living, and learning at Michigan Tech. Go to https://www.mtu.edu/worklivelearn/   There was an article in TechToday and only a tenth of us have responded.  Participating is key so that our administration can prioritize initiatives (like ECM) to support the growth and professional development of all of our faculty.
Thanks and congratulations for the recognition of a program you have helped make very impactful!
Best,
Adrienne

Your Language Road Map: A Guide to English Services at Michigan Tech

Guest author: Heather Deering

“Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece—just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.” ~Jhumpa Lahiri

Moving to a new place can bring many challenges.  The English Language Institute (ELI) at Michigan Tech helps international faculty and their families feel at home through a variety of language services the ELI offers.

Tea Time
Tea Time is a free weekly event that runs all year round. Each week students, faculty, and community members meet to practice conversation and share stories. Some of the themes we have discussed have been bucket lists, natural hazards, politics, war dances, and dowries. Come join us at the ELI office (DHH G044) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Tutoring
Customized tutoring is available for Michigan Tech international students and faculty. We also welcome community members interested in developing their English language skills. Tutors are our professionally trained IESL instructors, who will conduct a needs assessment and work with you to develop an individualized tutoring program that is suitable for you.

Cost:   $25 (faculty)
$15 (family members and graduate students)

Foundational English
Tailored to any student just beginning to learn English, Foundational English courses focus on the different skill areas of listening, speaking, writing, and reading.  Students can select how many classes they wish to take in this program.  These courses are offered six weeks every semester and in the summer.

Cost:   $360 per course
$1,440 for all four courses

Night Owls
Night Owls meets two hours per week for seven weeks every Fall and Spring semester.  It covers survival English needed in everyday life in Houghton.  This semester, the class starts on Thursday, October 19. At the end of the class this fall, students will be invited to a Thanksgiving celebration. This group is led by community teachers and is made possible with support from the Office of the Provost.

Cost:   $25.00 for seven weeks


To register for any of these services (other than Tea Time), visit this link.

If you have any questions or would like more information on other community services, please contact Heather Deering, the ELI Director, at hldeerin@mtu.edu or (906) 487-2009 or visit the English Language Institute website.