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Members Vision Statement

Austin Commercial

Cisco

Time Warner Cable: Connect a Million Minds

Raytheon

Total Facility Solutions, Inc.

TriQuint SemiConductor

 

Sponsors

Workforce Greater Dallas

Dallas Regional Chamber

 

Contact Info

John Shellene
12770 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75251
214-273-3700
jshellene@dfwtec.org
http://www.dfwtec.org

 

Our mission is to partner with business, academic institutions, economic development and workforce agencies to advance the cluster’s network and outreach, resulting in a highly competitive North Texas region.

Without communication and transportation networks, the advancement of technology within the manufacturing process, and the building of workforce programs, business would be halted before it started.  The Dallas/Ft Worth Logistics Council is committed to creating a strategic plan that identifies and invests in key resources including infrastructure, education, and the creation of a ready-to-work workforce for the profitability of business across Texas.  Strategic planning for tomorrow ensures a successful today.

Maria Smith-Breckenridge
North Texas RCIC

DFW Technology and Education Council

In 2010, the DFW TEC Council formed a taskforce to consider revising the organization’s name, mission and vision for the purpose of being more inclusive of other companies with an interest in influencing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education system. The Council unanimously voted to change the organizational name from the DFW Semiconductor & Technology Executive Council to the DFW Technology & Education Council. The Council also considered and approved revisions to the organizational mission, vision, and strategy statements. These are:

Mission: To significantly increase the science, technology, engineering and math workforce in North Texas via K-12 and post-secondary initiatives through enhanced school and business partnerships.

Vision: Enable the North Texas region to become the premier ecosystem of innovation in Texas through effective educational partnerships.

Strategies:

  • Provide opportunities for industry to build and influence the future workforce
  • Offer relevant, inspiring, student-focused STEM experiences in the latest technology
  • Provide professional development opportunities for educators and industry representatives
  • Create awareness of local post-secondary educational resources

Current Programs

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau provides presentations from engineers to elementary, middle and high schools and local colleges and faculty. It consists of 70 talented engineers (60% female, >50% minority) from member companies who have presented to more than 6,000 students and 700 educators in 2010, the majority of who did not have prior understanding of the semiconductor, technology, and advanced manufacturing industries. Engineers participate in the Speaker’s Bureau because they are able to have high impact and their company is supportive and flexible with the varying levels of commitment required. The speakers not only give presentations in the classroom, but also help with summer programs and other events, such as career fairs and robotics competitions. Educators interested in bringing a speaker into their classroom or inviting one to participate in an event can make a request through the DFW TEC web site. Training sessions and recruiting for the Speakers Bureau continues on a rolling basis.

Industry Information Series

In 2010, six industry information sessions were held in the DFW region on the following industry and academic campuses: Cisco Systems, Raytheon, DRS, Total Facilities Solutions, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at Arlington. In all, more than 400 registrants participated in information sessions gaining knowledge of the region’s semiconductor and technology industries, taking tours of the facilities, and gaining insight from leading engineers, as well as utilizing resources available to them through the DFW TEC. Industry Information Series opportunities are offered during the fall and spring semesters.  Students and educators from around the Metroplex can sign up to attend an informational tour at one of DFW TEC’s sponsoring and partnering companies and institutions of higher learning through the DFW TEC web site.

Engineering Minds of Tomorrow

The Engineering Minds of Tomorrow program encourages students to explore the possibilities of engineering through hands-on learning and research projects, while stressing that engineers are not a particular race, gender, or of a specific socio-economic class. The one-week summer camp introduces guest engineer speakers, provides college tours and many classroom engineering projects, including the complex Lego Mindstorm NXT, where engineering challenges include mechanical engineering (building), software engineering (programming) and architectural engineering (building dioramas). Throughout the week students will construct straw towers, construct and design cardboard chairs and kinetic art, all with severe material restrictions, and engage in many other activities. These camps take place each summer at designated schools around the Metroplex and are open to incoming 9th grade students.

Region 10 CTE Summer Symposium

Each summer, Region 10 Educational Service Center and DFW TEC team up to present a summer symposium for those involved in career and technology education. The symposium focuses on exposing CTE educators, administrators and counselors to the latest technology news and practices.

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