2017 Innovation Champions
October 27, 2017
LBW Community College named three faculty members to receive the 2017 Innovation Champion Award based on a collaborative effort to create a degree option in an established technical training program.
Eddie Spann and Shaun Moore, both in the diesel and heavy equipment mechanics program, and Allen Teel, industrial electronics faculty and chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Division, collaborated to create an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree for the diesel mechanics training program.
“These individuals worked together to fulfill the Educating Technicians in Energy Efficiency Grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) by expanding the diesel and heavy equipment mechanics program to include courses of natural gas engine repair,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.
The expanded program prepares a workforce to repair natural gas engines as more and more buses, delivery trucks, and other diesel engines transition to a cleaner fuel source.
“The natural gas courses developed for the degree are new to the State Course Directory and are now available to all diesel mechanics programs statewide. Also included in the degree are transferrable general studies courses.”
The new AAS degree in the diesel mechanics program expands the opportunities for graduates to compete for jobs at a higher level, qualifies them for supervisory positions, multi-skill technician positions, and other positions with more longevity and higher earning potential than those requiring certificates, he said.
“We are grateful for the onsite training provided by business and industry for our faculty. We are also thankful for the NSF grant that covered all costs associated with professional development, training, course development, and syllabi revision and approval. All of this was completed within one year.”
The LBWCC Innovations Champion award is an employee recognition program to showcase successful innovations designed and implemented by employees which positively impact the College.
By way of this recognition, Spann, Moore, and Teel are also named as the College’s choice for the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award established by the national League for Innovation to recognize faculty, staff, and administration for excellence in leadership and innovation in higher education.
“The team will select one faculty representative to attend the Innovations Conference in National Harbor, Md., in March,” said Riedel.