HOW FAR WE'VE COME
Today’s students have never known an analog world. Information and the ability to gain knowledge is now digital and immediate. Collaboration no longer relies on physical presence. Serving students now requires a transformed approach to education and career success.
With a focus on innovative teaching methods, hands-on experiences and industry partnerships, the unique Polytechnic learning environment is defined by these 10 Elements of Transformation:
Students learn by doing – the hands-on hallmark of the Polytechnic learning environment. They gain, apply, and ultimately demonstrate new expertise.
Learning through the lens of a project – along with exposure to real-world team dynamics, problem-solving and deadlines – prepares graduates for success.
In a shift away from lectures, our active-learning teaching methods make students – not instructors – the center of classroom attention.
Learning how to do something by understanding why it is done, within the context of how it relates to other subject matters, ties courses together.
Students leverage the power of humanities and social sciences to improve critical thinking, communication, creativity, logic and innovation.
Students build professional portfolios and hone industry skills, demonstrating that they not only know things, but, most importantly, they can do things.
Two-semester projects require teams of seniors to apply everything they have learned to solve industry challenges for real clients.
Plans of study include internships or other workforce-like activities, while college staff forge corporate partnerships to increase student opportunities.
Students gain insights into cultures other than their own, broadening their perspectives and becoming more marketable to employers.