Strong relationships with our community are central to our success as an institution. The Institute of Technology strives to form meaningful connections with pre-college students, public schools, regional community colleges, and local government and industry.
Whether you are a middle-school student, a high school math teacher, community college faculty or a corporate executive,the Institute is interested in how we can benefit from each other. Take the time to learn about some of the ways you can engage with the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Math Science Leadership Program
In 2003, the Institute of Technology implemented the Math Science Leadership (MSL) program. MSL targets populations that are underrepresented in these respective fields by focusing on three specific disempowered groups: minorities, low-income students and first-generation college-bound students.
The Industry Fellows model allows a faculty member and a practicing industry professional (the industry fellow) to collaborate on curriculum review, planning and delivery of a course related to the professional's domain of expertise. The faculty member provides a broad, theoretical understanding of the discipline, while the industry fellow brings knowledge gained from professional practice within particular settings.
The Faculty Fellows program was created to foster collaborations between Washington community and technical colleges and the Institute of Technology. A number of community and technical college faculty members have participated in the program. The Fellows program has proven to be a very successful and productive joint venture that has created lasting collaborations. Many of these members continue to meet as a committee on a quarterly basis as to discuss pedagogy, current topics and collaboration.
The Institute of Technology is a member of several international organizations dedicated to technology education and innovation.
Disciplinary Commons in Computer Sciences
In 2005, a group of computer science faculty members at community colleges and baccalaureate-degree granting universities in the South Puget Sound region of Washington state met to initiate the Disciplinary Commons.