Spotlight: Amelito Enriquez To Keynote OTC 2012

Amelito Enriquez, right, was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring by President Obama during a December 12 ceremony at the White House.One of the nation’s foremost experts on engineering education in community colleges will keynote this year's Online Teaching Conference. The OTC 2012 will be held at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, June 13-15, 2012 and registration is now open.


Amelito Enriquez is a longtime engineering and mathematics professor at Cañada College, which is located in Redwood City, California.

Cañada College was recently awarded a $6 million grant that will help rebuild the pipeline of engineering students from California’s community colleges to the UC and CSU systems, while simultaneously increasing the number of minority students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Enriquez, the principal investigator for the grant, is recognized as a national expert on community college engineering education.

According to a press release from Cañada College, he was one of nine individuals and eight organizations to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. They were honored by President Obama on December 12, 2011. Enriquez was the only community college professor to receive the award.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.

"Through their commitment to education and innovation, these individuals and organizations are playing a crucial role in the development of our 21st century workforce," President Obama said when he first announced the awardees. "Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude for helping ensure that America remains the global leader in science and engineering for years to come."

Canada College logoAccording to the press release from Cañada College, Enriquez has attracted more than $10 million in state and federal grants to the Redwood City community college over the past three years. He has developed a series of programs designed to help underrepresented students achieve success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Enriquez has established an intensive summer math program aimed at helping students improve their math test scores; he’s established a Summer Engineering Institute for underrepresented students; he’s partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish an internship program for students; and he’s partnered with San Mateo County to help veterans transition from the military into engineering careers.

Enriquez also co-authored a paper, “The Dismantling of the Engineering Education Pipeline,” that details the decline of community college engineering programs brought about by decreasing enrollment due to increasing divergence in lower-division course requirements and recent budget cuts to education. It received a Best Paper Award at the 2011 American Society of Engineering Education National Conference in June.

Enriquez's keynote speech, "Confessions of a Reluctant Online Instructor," will be delivered during the OTC 2012 in June. In this YouTube video, Enriquez explains why he uses CCC Confer for online teaching:

Watch this video at YouTube.

A second keynote address, "When Distance Is Dead: The Implications of Global and Open Education," will be presented by Yong Zhao.

Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education.

In addition to these two excellent keynotes, the Online Teaching Conference has a lot to offer to college educators using technology for instruction or delivery of student services.

Watch this video at YouTube.

The OTC, now in its 11th year, focuses on community college faculty, staff and administrators engaged (or interested) in online education including delivery of online services such as student, faculty, library and technical support. This year’s theme is “The Many Faces of Online Teaching” with special emphasis on diversity, open content, real-world solutions and applications, as well as the many faces involved in online education.

Both in-person and/or online attendance are available. Early bird registration ends April 20th. Online attendance is free, however registration is still required. In-person attendee fees include breakfast and lunch.

  • $125 early bird (offer ends midnight, April 20, 2012)
  • $175 regular (April 21, 2011 - June 11, 2012)
  • $225 onsite

For more information about the 2012 OTC, please visit:

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Tiffiny Hickey is the OTC Conference Coordinator.


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