Lancaster: Recently, in response to inquiries by technology vendors, IMTC organizer Scott Sheely reiterated the position of the Center with regard to instructional technology and curriculum.
"In our work in mechatronics, we have purposely concentrated on the skill standards that have been articulated by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers' Institute and avoided any preference for a technology provider. We ask schools to align their curriculum (through whatever technology provider they choose) to the skill standards. Our only concern is that people learn the skills using the curriculum. I believe that the burden of proof is on (the) technology provider to prove to its school customers that (their) curriculum meets the skill standards that have been put forward by PMMI. Keith (Campbell) and I would enthusiastically work with (any technology provider and their) school customers as we have with other technology providers and schools to qualify their programs so that they can affiliate with the Industrial Maintenance Training Center of PA. Our review process costs $750 and requires the entity involved in the review to do a substantial self-study which is evaluated by Keith and further validated by the Mid-Atlantic Mechatronics Advisory Council. Programs can be approved partially or in their entirety."