Mitchell Technical Institute was recognized Friday by the Western Academic Leadership Forum and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), for its submission to the annual Academic Leaders Toolkit. Each year the Toolkit’s Oversight Committee selects two top tools, one submitted from the two-year sector and one submitted from the four year-sector, to be recognized for contribution to the higher education community.
The Toolkit’s Oversight Committee selected MTI’s Technical Education at a Distance (TED) model as the Academic Leaders’ Tool of the Year for 2015 for the two-year sector. This toolkit describes a hybrid program/model for hands-on, technical training, incorporating internet, videoconferencing and mobile device technologies into highly engaging coursework and hands-on skills training. The use of this model has been piloted with the MTI Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program. Funding for development of the TED model was provided by a federal TAACCCT Round #2 Grant project.
MTI Executive Vice-President Vicki Wiese and Outreach Coordinator John Heemstra attended the Alliance’s annual meeting in Rapid City and accepted the award on behalf of MTI.
WICHE, as it is known, consists of 16 member states and territories that work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. States in the consortium include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.