The April 28 webinar “Crowdsourcing BMET Education: Why the Future of HTM Education Requires All Hands on Deck” was presented by Dr. Ashlee Spannagel, dean of career and technical education at Southeastern Community College (SCC), and Monty Gonzales, president of the College of Biomedical Equipment Technology (CBET). It was eligible for 1 credit from the ACI.
Spannagel and Gonzales provided an overview of the challenges facing existing, traditional biomedical training programs. They discussed the value of the programs to potential students, industry partners and the profession made possible through creative and innovative educational partnerships. They also identified training opportunities to credential existing professionals in the industry and provided a baseline, entry-level training to promote the profession to the emerging workforce. In addition, they provided an explanation of the future of education from an innovative lens focused on supporting the future of the industry.
More than a 100 people attended the live presentation, and a recording of the session is posted online for on-demand viewing. Many of the attendees participated in a question-and-answer session following the presentation.
The webinar received positive feedback via a post-webinar survey that included the question, “How much new information did you receive from today’s webinar?”
“Enjoyed hearing their approach to the subject matter and was excited that they are trying to engage kids into our field,” Site Manager S. Wright said.
“Good ideas for partnering with schools to develop a pipeline for new graduates to enter the workforce,” HTM Chief J. Patterson said.
“I enjoyed hearing about the collaboration with the educators,” Biomedical Engineering Director K. Knight said.
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