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Ap pplica ation for Drake D e Statte Virrtual Dissec D ction Lab Work kforce e Dev velop pmentt Fun nds Huntsv ville, Ala abama Decem mber 14,, 2012


PART II FORM I

Application for Workforce Development Funding Checklist Date: 12/12/2012_ Brief Description of Project: Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table Requesting Organization: J. F. Drake State Technical College PART A: The application package must be submitted in original and one photo copy and will include each completed form, the project narrative, and attachments (if applicable) in the order listed below: Form I: This Checklist Form II: Project Proposal Cover Page and Signatures Form IIA: Regional Council Certification Statement (Signed by the Chairperson for each Region) Form III: Project Summary (Not to exceed 3 pages) Form IV: Project Budget Form IVA: Project Budget Backup Form V: Project Narrative (Not to exceed 10 pages) PART B: The application should specifically address the following criteria: 1. Y / N / NA Does this application address priorities identified by regional WFD council strategic plan (Attach a signed certificate from each regional council affected; cite the strategy or strategies in the regional council strategic plan addressed by the proposed activities) 2. Y / N / NA Does the relationship of proposed actions and outcomes directly address the solicitation for grant proposals (Applicable only if RFP was issued in solicitation by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development) 3. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise declared that the stated need is based on objective and current data 4. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise stated that the applicant is capable and willing to carry out planned activities with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. (Use past performance on WFD projects/grants, if applicable.) 5. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise declared that community resource leveraging is available to maximize impact of grant funds on application 6. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise acknowledged that the project is part of an overall workforce development plan and that there is collaboration with regional and community service providers and stakeholders GOWD Form I (Version – February 29, 2012) Page 1 of 2 


7. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise declared that the activities can be sustained by the grant recipient beyond the grant period. Not applicable for dual enrollment applications. 8. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached demonstrating support for the application from area employers, economic developers, and elected officials 9. Y / N / NA Evidence is attached or otherwise declared that the proposed activities are practical and will effectively address the stated needs 10. Y / N / NA Anticipated outcomes align with stated needs 11. Y / N / NA Do proposed performance measures and target levels of performance address meaningful and realistic goals (e.g., number obtaining employment, number retaining employment, average wage increases). Remarks: ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ GOWD Form I (Version – February 29, 2012) Page 2 of 2 

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Part 2: Applicatio A on Forms and Narrative The project p appliccation must include each h of the folloowing formss and the proj oject narrativve. FORM III: COVER P PAGE T This Applica ation for Funding is forr the followiing (please ccheck only oone category per appliccation): ______ Dual Enrollmentt (For “Cred dit� Courses Only) ______ Shortt-Term / Non-Credit Trraining ______ Custo omized Traiining / Incum mbent Worrker Trainin ng _X X___ Other Workforcce Developm ment Initiatiives II.

Project and Conttact Inform mation

Prroject Title: Anatomage A Virtual V Disseection Table A Amount of Fun nds Requested d: $ 60,000.0 00 Seervice Provid der/Fiscal Ageent: J. F. Draake State Technical Collegge M Mailing Addreess: 3421 Meridian Street North, N Huntsville, Alabam ma 35811 N Name and Title of Project Contact C (Indiv vidual respon nsible for graant negotiatiion): Dr. Johnn Reutter

FA AX:

256 551-3151

Email: john.reutter@ @drakestate.eedu

Phonee: 256 551-33119

Phhysical Addreess(s) of Train ning / Equipm ment (include County): 34421 Meridian Street North,, Huntsville, M Madison C County, Alabaama 35811 N Name of Fiscaal Contact (if different d from m above): Mss. Roxanne Riichardson Title: Restricted Funds Acccountant FA AX:

256 55 51-3135 Em mail: Roxann ne.richardson@ @drakestate.eedu

III.

Autho orization

Phonee: 256 551-72269

A As the person authorized a to act on behalff of the servicce provider/fisscal agent, I ccertify that thhe informationn suubmitted in th his application n is accurate. I also certify that the serviice provider w will carry outt the proposedd activities ass stated and will w follow acccountability and a reporting requirementss.

Helen T. MccAlpine, Ed.D. _H Printed or Typed Name A Authorized Official O

Signature A Authorized Official O

____ ___Presidennt Title

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12/14/20012________________________________ Date 3


FORM IIA: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CERTIFICATION NOTE: If project covers multiple workforce development regions, certification must be provided by all regional councils. The exception is for a state-wide project application, which requires certification from one regional council - typically the council where the project is headquartered.

I certify that the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table (name of project) proposed by J. F. Drake State Technical College (service provider/fiscal agent) addresses workforce development priorities, strategies, and targeted occupations identified by the Region 2 Workforce Development Council or addresses immediate priority training needs not initially identified through the strategic planning process. I also certify that the Region 2 Workforce Development Council or its applicable committee has reviewed the project application and recommends funding the proposed activities. This project directly addresses workforce development in the following industry and targeted occupations identified as priorities in the regional council’s strategic plan: Industry or industries: Target occupation(s): medical doctors, medical assistants, registered and practical nurses, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, home health aides This project directly addresses the following strategy or strategies identified in the regional workforce development strategic plan: The Region 2 Strategic Plan identifies the following Top 5 Targeted Industries: 1. Aerospace and Defense 2. Manufacturing 3. Information Technology 4. Health Science 5. Construction 6. Energy (Emerging) This proposal is directed at Industry Number 4: Health Science. The Region 2 Strategic Plan identifies the following Top 10 Occupations: 1. Healthcare Practitioners & Tech. 2. Architecture and Engineering 3. Computer and Mathematical 4. Production 5. Installation, Maintenance, & Repair 6. Healthcare Support 7. Management 8. Business & Financial Operations 9. Construction & Extraction 10. Transportation & Material Moving

This proposal is directed at Occupations 1 and 6. In addition, this proposal addresses the following strategic initiatives of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Economic Growth Initiative:

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1. Grow and preserve the Huntsville region’s existing economic base, business climate, and business culture (this strategy is supported by the enhanced knowledge and skills to be acquired by the trainees due to the unique capabilities of the Virtual Dissection Lab). 2. Recruit targeted businesses and work to diversify our economic base (this strategy is supported by the growth in the number of highly skilled health science workers available to industries locating in the region). 3. Support efforts to ensure there is adequate quality and quantity of workforce to meet employer needs (this strategy is directly addressed by the high skill levels attainable by entrants into the health science sector through participation in the training provided by the Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab). 7. Grow the community’s defense, space and life sciences industries and assets (this strategy is supported through the growth in the number of highly qualified workers skilled in the life sciences). The Regional Council assigns this application a priority rating of (ranging from 0-5, using the ranking system below): 5 – Meets strategies and targeted occupations identified as critical (limited to 2 applications per funding cycle) for this Fiscal Year (FY) and has excellent projected outcomes to address our WFD needs. 4 - Meets strategies and targeted occupations identified as very important for this FY and has very good projected outcomes to address our WFD needs. 3 – Meets strategies and targeted occupations identified as important for this FY and has good projected outcomes to address our WFD needs. 2 – Meets strategies and targeted occupations identified but is less important for this FY. 1 – Meets strategies and targeted occupations identified but is not important for this FY. 0 – Does not meet strategies or targeted occupations identified for this FY.

NOTE: Regardless of whether the application is not approved and/or receives a 0 rating, please send this statement to the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development for documentation purposes. Proposal recommended in the amount of $ 60,000.00 by Region 2 Council.

_____________________________________ Printed or Typed Name & Date

_____________________________________ Signature Regional workforce development council chair or designee (must be voting member of the regional council)

GOWD Form IIa (Version – February 29, 2012) 

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FORM III: PROJECT SUMMARY Provide a brief overview of the project, responding to each item listed below. Summary must be no more than three (3) pages and must provide a clear, concise, well-constructed, and to-the-point description of the project in areas indicated. I.

Project title: Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab

II.

Service provider/fiscal agent: J. F. Drake State Technical College

III.

Total funds requested: $ 60,000.00

IV.

Estimated start date of training (based on start of semester, receipt of equipment, etc.) and length of course(s): March 1, 2013

V.

Identify the industry sector(s) and targeted occupation(s) and how this project will address each: (Must meet the strategies identified in the regional council’s strategic plan) All health occupations

VI.

Target population(s) to be addressed by proposed activities (e.g. High School, Dislocated Worker, Adult, Youth, Other): High school students, dislocated workers, unemployed/underemployed adults, veterans, current college students

VII.

Proposed activities: (Summarize how this project addresses specific and immediate training needs in the service provider’s area, documented demand data, hiring and expansion announcements, etc., if applicable): This project will enable students to learn anatomy through virtual interaction with lifelike human anatomy displayed in virtual space on a simulated dissection table. The curriculum that supports this capability will be utilized for both credit and non-credit training to enhance all health care students’ knowledge and familiarity with the human anatomy.

VIII.

Anticipated outcomes and targeted levels of performance (based on start date & ending 30Sep): State the applicable outcomes (Respond with NA where appropriate): a. Total number of participants to be served 200# b. Of those in a. above, Completers 150# 75% of those participating c. Of those in b. above, Completers earning college credits 150# e. Of those in a. and b. above, Entered related employment 100# 67% of completers f. Of those in e. above, Retained related employment 75# 50% of completers g. Of those in b. thru f. above, Continuing education or training 100# 67% of completers h. Of those in b. above, Currently employed - Skills upgrade only N/A# ____% of completers i. Equipment installed or upgraded March 31, 2013 date(s) (Only if critical to this project.) j. Credential(s) to be earned by completers: CNA, LPN, CMA

IX.

Is there expressed legislative interest in this specific proposal? Yes / No (If answered Yes, please identify the legislator(s) and corresponding House and/or Senate district(s).)

X.

Has there been or will there be other funding solicited from other sources for this project (i.e. Perkins funds, line item or earmark in ETF, etc)? Yes / No (If answered Yes, please provide background to include the source, amount, date requested, outcome if known, etc.)

(Projects are funded on FY basis, Oct1 – Sep30)

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XI.

Identify all anticipated sources of revenue and estimated amounts (e.g. tuition/fees paid by Individual Training Accounts (ITA), Pell Grant, Scholarships, etc.) N/A GOWD Form III (Version – February 29, 2012) 

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FORM IV: PROJECT BUDGET

Provide a detailed project budget in the categories listed. Include requested grant funds and leveraged funds, and total funds by line item. Leave blank if no funds are budgeted for a particular line item. See Form IIIA for a description of each line item. Budget Item Salaries Benefits Individual Training (scholarships/tuition/fees) Staff Development/Training Travel In State Computers/Technology Public Relations/Outreach Materials/Supplies Renovation/Construction Equipment Books Other *Projected Revenue TOTAL

NOTES:

Cost (Requested)

Leveraged/Donated (Non-requested)

$ 60,000.00 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX $ 60,000.00

$

*List all sources of projected revenues (tuition, fees, other grants, etc.) – does not include funds requested in this application. N/A Unused budget lines and/or line item titles may be changed to reflect items unique to projects. Additional budget line Items may be added as needed.

GOWD Form IV (Version – February 29, 2012) 

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FORM IVA: PROJECT BUDGET BACKUP Each budget line item on Form III must be supported by a detailed description. This form explains what budget details are required for each line item. Complete the budget backup providing as much detail as possible. All staff costs listed should include title/function, salary/wage, and percentage of time charged to project. Other costs should be detailed by type of activity, unit cost, and total units. I.

Program Staff Salaries (Position title/function of staff assigned to project-specific program services activities, salary/wage, percentage of time charged to project.) None

II.

Program Staff Benefits (Type and cost of fringe benefits for each position included in project budget.) None

III.

Cost of Individual Training (Scholarships, tuition, training fees; and other costs related to training of individuals. Indicate the projected cost of the course(s), regardless if requesting funding) None

IV.

Staff Development/Training (Detail of consultants; tuition/fees, other costs related to providing and/or attending; staff members attending training for new equipment, etc.) None

V.

In-State Travel (Costs and justification of mileage, lodging, meals and other travel-related expenses.) None

VI.

Computers and Technology (Itemized listing of computer hardware & software and how it is used in relation to the proposed activities.) None

VII. Public Relations, Outreach (Details of media advertising and other public outreach costs, e.g., newspapers, radio/TV, direct mail, etc.) None VIII. Materials & Supplies (Office supplies, training supplies and materials, other supplies required to carry out project, detailed by type and costs, and the intent for retention/accountability of durable items.) None IX.

Renovation / construction costs (Itemized estimate of building expenses, if applicable.) None

X.

Equipment (If applicable, attach a vendor price & specifications sheet for proposed equipment purchases for use during negotiation phase and indicate the intent for reusing durable items in subsequent classes.) $ 60,000.00

XI.

Books (attach itemized list if applicable). None

XII. Other (Other items and related costs not included in the above line items that are required to implement the project included as a grant funded item in the budget page.) None XIII. Projected revenue (list all sources of projected or potential revenues, e.g., tuition, fees, other grants – does not include funds requested in this application) None GOWD Form IVa (Version – February 29, 2012)

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FORM V: PROJECT NARRATIVE Respond to each item as directed. Respond with NA if an item is not applicable to the proposed project. Responses must be in the order of the items listed and labeled as each item is labeled. The narrative must be no more than ten (10) pages. Attachments, including letters of support and data documentation, should follow the project narrative and be separately labeled. An index listing attachments and page numbers is recommended if attachments are referenced in the project narrative. I.

Statement of Need a. Describe the needs to be addressed by the proposed project; include applicable data and research-based information. (Recommend: Expansion and hiring announcements, regional workforce development council strategic plan, the Alabama State of the Workforce Report available at www.owd.alabma.gov/downloads.htm , and Labor Market Information available at http://www2.dir.state.al.us/vlmi/.) b. Describe how the proposed project will address the needs. c. Provide a list of businesses/organizations for prospective job placement and attach letters of support from area employers (letters are not counted against the 10 page maximum).

II.

Project Activities a. Provide a timeline and description of project activities, including purchases, recommended training provider(s), start date of training, etc. b. Provide the Classification Instructional Program (CIP) codes for training activities involving “for credit” courses. c. Describe the skills, knowledge, and abilities that will be gained by the targeted group.

III.

Individuals and Industries Served a. Identify the population(s) to be served by the project. b. Identify the industry sectors and occupations to be served by the project. c. Describe how those businesses or industry sectors will benefit from the project.

IV.

Project Outcomes and Performance Targets a. State the anticipated outcomes of the project in measurable terms. Include a target level of performance for each outcome. b. Describe how it will be known if the proposed project was an overall success.

V.

Non-duplication a. Describe how the service provider and the regional workforce development council have ensured that the proposed activities do not unnecessarily duplicate activities in area. Evidence must be given that funds will be used efficiently and that duplication is avoided. b. Explain if this is a capacity building expansion of an existing program (describe current capacity, how much will this project expand current capabilities, how will the current class schedule change (e.g. Currently the lab has 12 welding booths, adding these 12 additional booths will double our training capacity; Propose to add a night class) GOWD Form V (Version – February 29, 2012) Page 1 of 2 

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VI.

Collaboration a. Identify other stakeholders and workforce development partners and describe their roles in meeting the goals of this project. b. Describe how this project was planned with active involvement from stakeholders, particularly the regional workforce development council(s).

VII. Leveraged Resources a. Describe other programs, organizations, and resources that will be supporting this project State specifically what aspects of the project will be supported by these leveraged resources. Assign a monetary value to each resource. b. Describe other funding sources that will support this project (e.g. DOL grants, corporate donations, Perkins funds, etc.) VIII. Sustainability a. Describe how the benefits or activities of this project will be sustained beyond the funding period. NOTE: Funding is for current fiscal year only. IX.

Capacity of Service Provider a. If applicable, describe the outcomes that were realized with grant funds provided by the Department of Postsecondary Education or otherwise through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development over the past three years. Describe the degree to which the goals of the funded projects were achieved.

X.

Marketing Strategy a. Describe the public relations, promotion and outreach plan to meet enrollment goals, promote job placement for completers, ensure public awareness, etc.

XI.

Special Characteristics of Project a. Describe any unique characteristics of the proposed project that are not addressed above. This may include characteristics such as: 1. Measures of employer benefits or other exceptional levels of employer participation and commitment. 2. Unique inter-program coordination relationships. 3. Development of career pathways or more effective practices. 4. Addresses an immediate hiring or training demand.

GOWD Form V (Version – February 29, 2012) Page 2 of 2 

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ATTACHMENTS     Narrative Description  Region 2 WDC Strategic Plan  Anatomage Dissection Table Product Description  Anatomage Hardware Dimensions and Specifications  Anatomage Price Quote  Letters of Support   

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Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab  Project Narrative    I. Statement of Need  Health care is one of the nation’s fastest growing industries.  With the aging of the baby boomers, the  advances  in  medical  science,  and  improvement  in  health  care  practices  and  facilities,  the  older  population  is  rapidly  expanding  the  need  for  trained  health  care  providers,  including  doctors,  nurses,  aides, medical assistants, and medical researchers. Understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the  human body is imperative for all of these workers.  Improved practices for enhancing the learning and  understanding  of  anatomy  and  physiology  has  become  absolutely  necessary  for  accelerating  and  also  improving the quality of the knowledge and skills of health care practitioners. This proposal will improve  the quality of learning and skills development in Region 2 through implementation of a unique and high  impact health science lab.  According to the Alabama State of the Workforce Report V for Region 2 published by the University of  Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research in 2010, health care is the fourth largest industry in  the region, superseded only by manufacturing, retail, and professional services.  This same report lists  the  occupations  with  the  highest  expected  employment  demand  between  2012  and  2018.    The  occupations affected by this proposal and their ranking among the top 40 occupations in the region are  shown in the table below:  Region  2 Rank  1  3  5  9  13  24  27  30  33  34  37  39  40 

Occupations with highest expectd openings  Registered Nurses  Home Health Aides  Licensed Practical Nurses  Medical Assistants  Pharmacy Technicians  Pharmacists  Physical Therapists  Medical and Public Health Workers  Anesthesiologists  Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians  Physical Therapist Assistants  Chiropractors  Occupational Therapists 

Annual Demand  320  140  115  85  75  30  25  20  15  15  15  10  10 

As shown in the above table, 13 out of the top 40 occupations in highest demand are the targets of this  proposal.  Even more vital is the fact that 4 out of the top 10 are specifically addressed by this proposal.  According  to  this  same  report,  the  top  50  high‐earning  occupations  are  in  health,  management,  engineering, computer, science, and finance fields and have a minimum salary of $83,157. Interestingly,  seven of the top 10 are health occupations.  The  report  also  notes  that  “improving  education  is  important  because  (i)  a  highly  educated  and  productive workforce is a critical economic development asset, (ii) productivity rises with education, (iii)  educated  people  are  more  likely  to  work,  and  (iv)  it  yields  high  private  and  social  rates  of  return  on  investment”(p.  viii).    The  report  also  points  out  the  great  benefit  of  higher  incomes  that  come  with 

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Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab  Project Narrative    improved educational attainment and work skills for workers of the region and the associated increase  in local (county and city) tax revenues.  The project proposed by Drake State has potential to serve as an  important economic development factor for the region.  II. Project Activities  This  project  will  be  characterized  by  the  introduction  of  a  spectacular  new  medical  science  training  capability into the credit and non‐credit health science education and training initiatives of Drake State.  This capability utilizes a virtual dissection table that matches the learning benefits provided by cadaver  dissection without the costs to operate a cadaver lab and removes the emotional stigma of dealing with  dead human beings during early stages of medical science education.  Proper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body involves an understanding of  the unique structures of the body as well as how they all work together  to achieve the goal of a fully  functional  organism.    The  knowledge  of  the  structures  of  the  body  has  traditionally  come  from  dissections  of  human  cadaver.    These  dissections  have  been  performed  over  long  periods  of  time  by  students  and  health  care  professionals  all  over  the  world.    Providing  cadaver  dissections  at  small  institutions is resource draining because of the recurring cost and the nature of cadaver labs.  Smaller  institutions  generally  do  not  have  the  physical  space  or  money  to  support  the  high  cost  required  to  maintain a cadaver lab.  Acquisition of cadavers also proves to be a difficult task with the declining rate  of donation occurring recently.  Storage of the cadavers also poses a significant problem as a controlled,  well ventilated environment must be maintained at all times.  Proper facilities also must be stocked with  appropriate tools and waste disposal procedure must be strictly adhered to.    All  these  issues  of  cadaver  acquisition,  storage  and  disposal  cause  most  institutions  to  forego  the  cadaver  experience  for  their  human  anatomy  and  physiology  students  depriving  them  of  the  optimal  opportunity  to  learn  the  essentials  of  human  anatomy  so  critical  to  maintaining  good  health  care.   Schools often choose to supplement textbook and video portrayals of human anatomy and physiology  with  small  animal  dissection.    Animal  dissection  does  give  students  an  idea  of  internal  anatomy  but  cadavers provide a level of understanding and care that is often lost doing small animal dissections.   Anatomage offers a unique experience of simulated cadaver dissection without the recurring cost and  constant  upkeep  of  a  cadaver  lab.    Anatomage  is  a  3D  software  rendering  product  coupled  with  two  linked 42‐inch touch screen panels that offer a one‐to‐one interactive dissection experience.  This table  circumvents  some  of  the  more  dubious  tasks  associated  with  normal  cadaver  dissection  such  as  chemical  storage  and  controlled  environment  maintenance.    It  also  gives  students  an  unprecedented  view into the anatomy of the human body.  With a stroke of a finger a student can strip away muscle  systems, leaving only the cardiovascular system and with another bring individual muscle groups back to  see how these muscles are fed by these vessels.    The size and positioning of the Anatomage table allows up to 12 students to interact with the table at  once,  while  still  allowing  the  instructor  to  provide  instruction.    The  3D  bodies  may  also  be  annotated  with  notes  and  labeling  of  structures  for  review  and  quizzing  purposes.    Most  physical  models  are 

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Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab  Project Narrative    constrained by inability to visualize within organs but because Anatomage uses material derived from  CT scans, internal views from any angle within the tissue are possible.    The Anatomage table comes preloaded with 100 real‐life clinical scans so it provides effective training  applications for associated programs like medical technology and nursing.  The table also has the ability  to utilize X‐rays and any DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications standard) data, such as CT or MRI  data,  to  build  virtual,  interactive  models  for  student  training  activities.    This  table  will  prove  to  be  a  teaching tool with immeasurable potential for the future and will open up doors for cross collaborations  with  local  institutions  with  functioning  cadaver  labs.    With  the  current  emphasis  on  health  science  education  at  area  high  schools,  this  table  will  enable  students  to  experience  virtual  human  dissection  that has never before been possible.  This project will enable college and high school students to form  relationships and gain knowledge from each other through the use of cadavers and simulated cadaver  dissection.    In  an  age  where  modern  technology  has  entered  our  schools  and  in  some  cases  replaces  normal lecture presentation teaching, Anatomage will put Alabama community colleges at the forefront  of advanced technical training throughout the world.  The Anatomage table will be incorporated into the Biology 201 and 202 courses in human anatomy and  physiology and will also be utilized in the practical nursing labs, the certified nursing assistant labs, and  the medical assistant labs.  The college already offers non‐credit classes in certified nursing assistant and  home  health  aide  training.  The  Anatomage  table  opens  up  additional  opportunities  for  the  college  to  expand  its  non‐credit  offerings  to  those  individuals  in  the  community  seeking  advanced  knowledge  in  health  care.    Local  doctors  would  be  able  to  use  the  facility  to  provide  advanced  training  to  their  assistants and interns without incurring the costs associated with cadaver labs. The long‐range benefits  of this facility are significant and ensure the sustainability of this investment by the Governor’s Office of  Workforce Development.  The CIP Codes impacted by this project are: 51.0801, 51.3901, and 26.0101.  Timeline  Upon approval of funding, the College will order the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table.  This table will  be  placed  in  the  Biology  department  to  provide  a  dissection  lab  environment.    Upon  installation  and  training  of  the  faculty  provided  by  the  manufacturer,  the  lab  will  be  incorporated  into  the  existing  BIO201  and  BIO202  Human  and  Anatomy  and  Physiology  classes.    Students  will  be  able  to  gain  immediate benefit from the Virtual Dissection Lab.  The human anatomy and physiology knowledge of  students completing their coursework in the spring term will already be enriched beyond that of their  predecessors in these courses.  III. Individuals and Industries Served  This project will serve the following students:  All general education students taking BIO201 and BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II.  All practical nursing students.  All Certified Nursing Assistant workforce non‐credit students.  All Medical Assistant students. 

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Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab  Project Narrative    This project serves all health care occupations and industries.  Knowledge of human anatomy and  physiology is core to the health care field for all practitioners and technicians serving in that field.   A list of the primary occupations served by this project is included above in the Statement of Needs  section of this proposal.  IV. Project Outcomes and Performance Targets  This  project  will  serve  500  students  annually.  Eighty  percent  of  the  students  who  begin  any  course  in  which this project is embedded will complete the course with a grade of “C” or better.  When surveyed  to  determine  the  impact  of  the  use  of  the  Anatomage  Dissection  Lab  on  their  understanding  of  the  principles and concepts of human anatomy and physiology, over 80% of the students will agree that the  Lab had a positive impact on their learning.  Meeting these performance objectives will signify that the  project has been successful.  V. Non‐Duplication  This  project  does  not  introduce  duplication  into  Region  2’s  workforce  development  activities  as  it  is  designed to augment existing health science courses and training already provided by the College.  This  project  will  not  introduce  any  new  programs  to  the  College’s  offerings  as  a  result  of  purchasing  the  Anatomage Dissection Lab equipment.  While  this  project  will  not  expand  the  capacity  of  the  programs  that  it  serves,  it  does  offer  significant  improvement in the teaching and learning environment of those programs, thus enhancing the quality  of learning of the students selecting these programs.  VI. Collaboration  The faculty member who will be responsible for the Virtual Dissection Lab, Mr. Khalid Holmes, has  formed  partnerships  with  medical  science  professors  at  local  universities.    These  individuals  will  serve as Dissection Lab advisors for the Drake State program.  The College will also offer the use of  the  lab  to  local  medical  professionals  who  need  to  introduce  their  staff  members  to  aspects  of  anatomy that would otherwise be provided only through observation of cadaver dissection. Also,  the Drake Lab will be made available for K12 partner schools’ health science programs to provide  their  students  with  virtual  experiences  in  human  anatomy  dissection.    These  schools  include  programs  in  the  Huntsville  City  School  System,  the  Madison  County  School  System,  and  the  Madison City School System.  VII. Leveraged Resources  The College is not committing identified resources for leveraging, but the impact of the lab will be  broadened through the use of the lab for evening and weekend classes led by part‐time instructors  as well as lab classes conducted by Mr. Holmes, the full‐time biology instructor.  Mr. Holmes will  supervise the lab in addition to teaching the classes in the lab environment.  VIII. Sustainability  The life expectancy of the Virtual Dissection Lab is more than ten years.  Its very presence in the  Drake  State  health  sciences  program  ensures  sustainability  of  the  programs  utilizing  the  lab.   Incidental  costs  may  occur  from  time  to  time  to  take  advantage  of  software  upgrades  and  the  incorporation of local image files into the virtual lab environment. 

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Drake State Virtual Dissection Lab  Project Narrative    IX. Capacity of Service Provider  Drake  State  currently  manages  a  number  of  federal  and  state  grant  programs,  including  a  $7.2M  Title  III‐B  grant,  an  annual  Perkins  Career  Technical  Education  grant,  a  $900K  NSF  Advanced  Technology  Education  grant,  an  $865K  NSF  Math  Science  Partnership  grant,  a  $1.75M  NSF  nanotechnology  curriculum  and  outreach  grant,  a  $30K  Ready‐to‐Work  grant,  an  $85K  dual  enrollment grant, a $35K career coaches grant, a $225K Homeland Security grant, an $85K CARCAM  grant, a $385K State Energy Sector Partnership grant for renewable energy training, and a $66K NSF  advanced electronics faculty development grant.  X. Marketing Strategy  The College is incorporating the use of the Virtual Dissection Lab into all of its human anatomy and  physiology courses, its LPN program, its Medical Assisting program, and its Workforce Development  Certified  Nursing  Assistant  training  program.  Materials  for  public  distribution  of  information  concerning these programs will be updated appropriately to make the public aware of the unique  availability  of  a  virtual  dissection  lab  to  assist  in  the  learning  of  human  anatomy  and  physiology.   Also,  promotional  materials  will  be  developed  to  make  the  medical  industry  aware  of  the  facility  and  how  others  may  access  the  lab  for  customized  training  through  the  Workforce  Development  Division of the College.   XI. Special Characteristics of the Project  The Virtual Dissection Lab offers a very unique opportunity for  north Alabama.  Cadaver labs are  expensive  to  implement  and  maintain  and  thus  are  not  available  to  large  numbers  of  students  seeking training in human anatomy and physiology.  The Virtual Dissection Lab offers the benefits  of  hands‐on,  interactive  dissection  experience  without  the  by‐products  that  require  special  disposal  arrangements.    Large  numbers  of  students  can  engage  in  repeated  dissection  practice  without  needing  replacement  cadavers  to  provide  the  tissue  required  for  regular  cadaver  dissection  labs.    The  economic  payoff  for  this  investment  is  a  long‐term  gain  in  the  quality  of  health science education and training that could not otherwise be provided using local resources. 

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Partnerships

Ronnie Mary Ila

Funding

Education

The Economic and Community Development Department of Alabama Power Company.

Communication

Lucia Cape

Workforce Development

Committees

Every good strategic plan requires dedicated individuals who are willing to complete the process and implement plan. Thanks to the following individuals who participated in the development of this strategic plan for Region 2 Workforce Development Council. Without your vision, enthusiasm, and commitment, this plan would not have been possible. NAMES

Acknowledgement

Region 2 Workforce Development Council 1 - Year Strategic Plan

2010-2011

Region 2 Workforce Development Council 1 – Year Strategic Plan


1. Healthcare Practitioners & Tech. 2. Architecture and Engineering 3. Computer and Mathematical 4. Production 5. Installation, Maintenance, & Repair 6. Healthcare Support 7. Management 8. Business & Financial Operations 9. Construction & Extraction 10. Transportation & Material Moving

Top 10 Occupations

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Information Technology Health Science Construction 6. Energy (Emerging)

Top 5 Target Industries

Advise the State of Alabama as to how to provide the education and training needed to meet the workforce and economic development needs of Region 2.

Mission Statement

A well educated and trained workforce to meet the current and future needs of business and industry.

Vision Statement

Provide funding for Career Coaches.

Funding

Same as workforce development

Education

Maximize resources by creating mutual and productive relationships among Region 2 and stakeholders in order to fulfill our vision.

Partnerships

External Maximize external communication so that the general public knows about career pathways and how and where to get trained for current and future jobs.

Internal Enhance internal communication between council (i.e. community colleges and State.

Communication

Provide a workforce that is confident, capable, and competitive.

Workforce Development

Goals

Region 2 Workforce Development Council 1 - Year Strategic Plan

•Acquire state appropriation by March 31, 2010 •Acquire a public/private partnership with industry funding by end of FY 2011

How do we measure our success?

field by ___% by March 31, 2011 •Decrease the dropout rate (currently 38%) by 5% by March 31, 2011

•Increase enrollment leading to technical

How do we measure our success?

•Increase number of productive partnership in Region 2 by ____% by March 31, 2011 •Have a formal alliance in each county to facilitate the Region 2 communication and partnership goals by _________

How do we measure our success?

•Complete schedule for rotating meetings among members’ counties •Achieve vetting meetings set up so council members can be informed about proposal to make appropriate recommendations; feedback of voting results to all voting members and communication of what the state funds are throughout the region by _______ •All voting members will attend a training session on ________by March 31, 2011

How do we measure our success?

•Increase the number of skilled workers in the targeted area by ___% by September 30, 2011 •Complete funding applications for target training according to schedule

How do we measure our success?

Success Indicators

•Resistance at state level

Barrier

What could hinder success?

•Must receive full year for funding in order to measure impact

Critical Success Factor

What must go right?

•Lack of quality communication in Region 2

Barrier

What could hinder success?

•Good communication must exist between parties

Critical Success Factor

What must go right?

•Lack of participation from Region 2 Council, etc •Lack of great communication •Must have organizational support and buy-in from all in Region 2

Barriers

What could hinder success?

•Must have participating from Region 2 Council and counties •Must have great internal and external communication •Must have support from Region 2 Council

Critical Success Factors

What must go right?

•Lack of buy in for sharing information from all 3 parties (council, proposers, state)

Barrier

What could hinder success?

•Everyone must know what is funded and why •Citizens of Region 2 must know where the jobs are and how to get trained to qualify for them

Critical Success Factors

What must go right?

•Funding limitation will diminish training opportunities •Alignment of process

Barriers

What could hinder success?

•Must have adequate funding for training in target areas •Must have a good education system •Must know the target industries

What must go right? Critical Success Factors

•Generate letters to be distribute to________ •Talk with delegation at state and federal levels to discuss funding •Draft an appropriation for Region 2 for $800K

Strategies

How will we achieve the goal?

•Create priority list of needed instructional programs and services relative to the targeted industries

Strategy

How will we achieve the goal?

•Create partnership committee within Region 2 Council •Develop relationships regionally and county specific between business and industry, education, K-12, secondary, adult education, continuing education, non profits, economic development groups, government, and community leaders •Communicate the importance and benefits of partnerships to Region 2 Council, individual counties, key stakeholders, and the community

Strategies

How will we achieve the goal?

•Consistently use the virtual career fairs •Organize teleconferences and in person vetting meetings (go to meeting – video conferencing) •Establish a focus group to set meeting agendas (industry, ED/chamber, education and career center all involved) •Create a Region 2 newsletters •Communicate votes of each proposal to the state and to all council members

Strategies

How will we achieve the goal?

• Create an online survey to send to business and industry to identify training needs •Develop more partnerships to acquire more funding •Align people with funds with the council

Strategies

How will we achieve the goal?

2010-2011


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The u nique anatomy study software i s developed b y A natomage based o n the ren owned a nd successful Invi vo5 i maging software technology. The software has unique rendering technology that allows for vol ume rendering, 3D mesh rendering and photographic rend ering to si multaneously bl end with each othe r in and ac curate and consistent 3D spa ce. When bl ended together it would be hard to distinguish which portion is volume rendering and which portion is surface rendering, thus creating a very advanced visualization that is unmatched.

3D Digital Anatomy Library Also available for expanded utilization of the Table is a complete library collection of 100 real-life clinical scans involving hospital emergency cas es, patho logy cas es, and sca ns fe aturing routin e med ical exa minations wh ere C T im aging m odality is t he standard. Custom Use The Table is no t limited to the prov ided data set. Users ca n open any radiology scan d ata for 3D visualization. The system is based on FDA approved medical imaging software, and it is c ompatible with any DICOM data, such as CT o r MRI data. Users can zoom, rotate and slice with the fingers just like the anatomy data. For m ore inform ation and sales, contact info@ anatom age.com

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HARDWARE DIMENSIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Category

American System

www.anatomage.com info@anatomage.com (408) 885-1474 Phone (408) 295-9786 Fax

Metric System

Length: 87.25”

Length: 2.2 m

Width: 28”

Width: 0.7 m

Height: 35”

Height: 0.9 m

Weight

300 lbs.

136 kg

Screen Dimensions

85” (22” x 81”)

216cm (56cm x 206cm)

Screen Resolution

3840 x 1080

3840 x 1080

Screen Brightness (Typical/Max)

500 cd/m² / 700 cd/ m²

500 cd/m² / 700 cd/ m²

Wheel Dimensions

5”

13cm

Power Requirement

100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 10A

100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 10A

Computer: 650W

Computer: 650W

Monitors (each): 250W

Monitors (each): 250W

Product Dimensions

Power Consumption (max)

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Anatomage Table Operating Specifications

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khalid holmes <waighee@gmail.com> Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:49 PM John Reutter Fwd: Anatomage Table Inquiry Hardware Dimensions And Operating Specifications.pdf; TableBrochureEmail.pdf

---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Tommy <Tommy@anatomage.com> Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM Subject: Anatomage Table Inquiry To: Khalid Holmes <waighee@gmail.com> Cc: Kris Thomson <kris@anatomage.com> Dear Khalid Holmes, Thank you for your interest in the Anatomage Table. This system is innovative and versatile- it will help to accomplish more efficient teaching and could be an iconic technology piece at your lab. The Anatomage Table consists of - Touch interactive Life-Size display system - 3D Imaging Software with anatomy modeling tools - 3D gross body male and female contents The system is $60,000. If this is something that fits to your budget, and you would like to learn more about it, our team can help you with the details on the functions and applications. Attached is a brochure as well as the hardware dimensional specifications of the table. Thank you, Tommy Le Product Coordinator Anatomage, Inc. 111 N. Market Street, Suite 800 San Jose, CA 95113 www.anatomage.com 408-885-1474 ext. 116


December 14 4, 2012

Dr. Amy Braabham Vice Chanceellor Career & Tecchnical Educaation and Wo orkforce Deveelopment Alabama Com mmunity Colllege System P.O. Box 302 2130 Montgomery y, AL 36130--2130 Dear Dr. Braabham: I am writing this letter in support s of thee College’s prroposal to imp mplement a Virrtual Dissectiion Lab in ouur Biology depaartment. Thiss lab enables our biology and a nursing faaculty to trainn the students in the muscuular, skeletal, nerv ve, circulatory y and lymph systems s of thee human bodyy in way that is as effectivve as that whicch can be obtained in i a cadaver lab as used by y university medical m schoolls. With the V Virtual Disseection Table produced by Anatomage, students can interactively engage in disssection and aanalysis of thee human bodyy systems and tissues without the stigma of cutting intto a cadaver, without the ccosts of transpporting cadavvers and disposal of used cadav vers. Currently in Alabama therre is only onee source of cadavers for edducation and ttraining and thhat is the cadaaver o South Alab bama. The scaarcity of cadaavers and the cost of transpporting and facility at thee University of disposing of them are bey yond the capaccity of our co ollege to afforrd and adminiister. Mr. Khhalid Holmes, our biology instrructor, has rev viewed the An natomage Virrtual Dissectioon Table and has found it tto be a state-oof-theart technolog gy for teachin ng students thee full range of topics in ouur human anattomy and phyysiology coursses. Mr. Holmes also believes that availabillity of this cap pability in Huuntsville wouuld enable us tto provide a ng opportunitty for doctors, clinics, and hospitals beccause it is cappable of imporrting valuable worrkforce trainin x-ray and MR RI scan imagees enabling doctors d and instructors to cuustomize the dissection exxperience for specific cases. This uniqu ue system enaables doctors and instructo rs to repeat thhe same disseection over annd over n as is needed d to provide the t in-depth trraining that hhealth care woorkers need too develop the highagain as often level skills needed in the health h care in ndustry. deration of thiis proposal for the great edducational bennefit it offers our students and I urge your serious consid n Huntsville/M Madison Coun nty. our health caare partners in

 


Decemberr 14, 2012

B Dr. Amy Brabham Vice Chan ncellor Career & Technical Ed ducation and Workforce W Development Alabama Community College C Systeem P.O. Box 302130 Montgom mery, AL 36130-2130 B Dear Dr. Brabham: Ensuring that our healtth science students have a thorough t undderstanding off human anatoomy and physiolog gy is difficult because studeents have to take t the inform mation from ttextual/visuall information and lecture an nd convert thaat to a deep un nderstanding. Medical schoools typicallyy incorporate cadaver labs into their anato omy and physsiology coursses. Howeverr, cadaver lab s are costly too develop andd maintain. W While dissection n of small anim mals is often used in lieu of o human cadaavers, the infformation obtaained is not thhe same as what w the studeents will encounter on the job. j I am wriiting this letteer in support oof the Collegee’s proposal to t implement a Virtual Disssection Lab in i our Biologyy departmentt. This lab ennables our bioology and nursin ng faculty to train t the studeents in the mu uscular, skeleetal, nerve, cirrculatory andd lymph system ms of the human n body in way y that is as efffective as thatt which can bbe obtained inn a cadaver labb as used by university y medical scho ools. With the Virtual V Dissection Table produced p by Anatomage, A sttudents can innteractively enngage in dissection n and analysiss of the human n body system ms and tissuess without the stigma of cuttting into a cadaver, without w the co osts of transpo orting cadaveers and dispossal of used caadavers. The scarcity of cadavers and a the cost of o transporting g and disposing of them arre beyond thee capacity of oour college too afford and d administer. Mr. Khalid Holmes, H our biology b instruuctor, has reviiewed the Annatomage Virttual Dissection n Table and has h found it to o be a state-off-the-art technnology for teaaching studennts the full rannge of topics in our o human an natomy and ph hysiology cou urses. Mr. Holm mes also believ ves that availaability of this capability inn Huntsville w would enable uus to provide a valuable workforce w training opportu unity for docto ors, clinics, aand hospitals bbecause it is ccapable of importing g x-ray and MRI M scan imag ges enabling doctors d and innstructors to ccustomize thee dissection experiencce for specificc cases. I urgee your seriouss consideratioon of this propposal for the great educatioonal benefit it offers our stu udents and ourr health care partners p in Huuntsville/Maddison Countyy.  


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