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METTE project team holds first Networked Improvement Community retreat

February 04, 2013

Researchers with UW-Madison and other stakeholders involved with the Manufacturing Engineering Technologist and Technician Education (METTE) project held their first Networked Improvement Community (NIC) retreat last month at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.

Allen Phelps, an emeritus professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is the principal investigator on the METTE project.  Phelps also is a senior scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Xueli Wang serves as co-principal investigator and research director of the METTE project. She is an assistant professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a scholar with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. Janet Washbon, a senior scientist with WCER, also participated in the retreat.

An article about the January retreat is housed on the WISCAPE website.

The METTE project is designed to improve the education of manufacturing technologists and technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, and it’s funded by a four-year grant with generous support for targeted research from the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation.

Housed in the WCER, the METTE project represents an active collaboration between researchers based at the School of Education at UW-Madison and academic leaders and instructors in four of Wisconsin’s technical colleges as well as state-level partnerships with the Wisconsin Technical College System Office and the Wisconsin Departments of Public Instruction and Workforce Development.

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