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October 7, 2014

Australian Fulbright Scholar visits Olathe, Manhattan campuses

Submitted by Emily Surdez

Lesa and Ray Cadmore at K-State in Manhattan

Recently, K-State Olathe hosted Raymond Cadmore, 2014 Fulbright scholar, as part of the Oz to Oz program.

Cadmore, an Australian native, holds a master's degree in professional education and training and has a strong background in integrating emerging technologies and skill gaps. He is a senior educator at Sunraysia Institute of Technical and Further Education in Mildura and Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia. It is the largest vocational education provider in northwest Victoria, located between the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

"The scope of my Fulbright research will firstly explore how high level planning guides the integration of new skills into curriculum at colleges," Cadmore said. "Secondly, I will examine how community colleges develop curriculum in response to emerging skills and technologies."

Prema Arasu, K-State Olathe CEO and vice provost, also facilitated visits to the Kansas City Kansas Community College's Technology Education Center and Johnson County Community College, both of which have close parallels with the Australian technical and further education system.

Cadmore spent three days with K-State faculty and industry leaders in Olathe and Manhattan discussing the university's integration of biotechnology, research and the classroom experience.

"My visits to both K-State Olathe and K-State Manhattan highlighted my focus in integrating emerging technology into the curriculum to find ways for industry, government and educators to collaborate on future training needs and with each other," Cadmore said. "I had a great evening at the Kansas Life Sciences' annual dinner and enjoyed meeting K-State Olathe board member Wayne Carter, who is the president and CEO of Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute."

Oz to Oz is a travel initiative that enables Kansas State University faculty members to develop relationships with their Australian counterparts and share their perspectives and knowledge. Cadmore is studying at the Forsyth Community Technical College under the Centre for the Biotechnology Workforce in North Carolina States from August to November.