EdCampus is a next generation education system that leverages best practices from around the globe. In a previous post I talked about these best practices and one of the key ones was closing the gap between industry and education. EdCampus has this at the center of its model. The initial campus is looking to be piloted in Chaska Minnesota, though talks of other campuses are being planned around the country at this time.
One of the main buildings on the Chaska campus.
Let’s look at some of new ideas being showcased by the model:
- Instead of having a school be a single institution, this model features a network of academic and corporate partners. Cirrocumuli here is the aggregation of over 50 top academic institutions and a broad spectrum of industry leaders.
- Industry practitioners are a key part of the education process, bringing real world experience and application of knowledge making the students skill set more relevant to the workplace.
- The education process features long term internship directly with industry instead of a few week option in traditional programs. It redefines the notion of experiential learning with real experience.
- The campuses and there resources are more open to the communities they serve than today’s institutions.
- There is more community services to support lifestyle aspects of education, like built in day care for example.
- EdCampus’ are designed for the regional clusters they support. Each campus may have a different blend of programs and industry focuses, though programs could be easily replicated at each campus and through online options.
- EdCampus model also supports the full spectrum of learning from K to higher ed and vocational specialties. I recognizes that a health region needs the full range of skillets to make society function.
- In addition, there is integrated workforce centers to support unemployment, career counseling, and re-training opportunities.
- Corporate talent development programs can be integrated into customized training programs to provide life long training for employees and retain a relevant workforce.
- The model is built to be additive to the regions existing educational options. Meaning its programs can be blended and integrated into existing programs to enhance them.
- The building structures feature a new architecture design of ePods. This allows for rapid reconfiguration of spaces to support differences in facility requirements across programs.
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