COMING JUNE 22: Exporting Workforce Training Curriculum
Spokane Community College Reviews Curriculum, Makes Recommendations for a Technical Education Program for Afghanistan
Call it distance education of a different sort. Earlier this month, Steve Wilson, a biomedical engineering professor at Spokane Community College, climbed aboard a plane bound for Kabul, Afghanistan, more than 6,500 miles away. His mission: to with work higher education officials in that war-torn Asian country to build a workforce training program similar to the technical education programs offered at American community colleges. His journey follows a visit by Afghanistan educators to Spokane to get a glimpse at American community colleges, particularly SCC's widely-praised biomedical equipment technician program. In Afghanistan, the need for biomedical technicians is acute. Though the country has several state-of-the-art hospitals built through the Agency for International Development, what it does not have is technicians to keep expensive, sophisticated medical equipment up and running -- devices like MRIs, CTs, diagnostic ultrasound machines, clinical chemistry analyzers, surgical robots and surgical lasers. That's where Spokane Community College can help, reviewing curriculum and making recommendations for a planned technical education program that will provide people with those skills.