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The National Technological University (NTU) is a consortium of institutions that share courses and that offer a large variety of degrees. Courses are delivered directly to the work site (coupled with the ability for recording of broadcasts for student viewing at home). NTU students are employees of organizations that have installed equipment that receives signals from the NTU satellite. The downlink equipment allows employees to access NTU’s course offerings via satellite.
By means of instructional television, engineers, scientists, and managers at their job sites can tune in to technical and managerial courses offered by top faculty and experts at the nation’s leading engineering schools and other organizations selected for their expertise. More than 500 academic courses are offered. NTU offers 14 master’s degree programs designed specifically for technical professionals (see http://www.ntu.edu).
There are numerous additional examples such as the associate degree program in occupational health and safety at Trinidad State Junior College that has recruited workers who have been injured on the job and return to their industries as OSH workers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed an 8-hour World Wide Web-based hazardous waste operations and emergency response refresher training program. Tulane University School of Public Health has announced plans for a new Internet-based Masters in Public Health degree program in Occupational Health that is designed for physicians, nurses and other health professionals who work in occupational health programs or clinics. The two-year, part-time program will provide the academic year required for board certification in preventive medicine/occupational medicine. The course content in this real-time interactive program will be the same as the oncampus program, but students will attend class over the Internet by logging onto the course website and receiving an audio broadcast from the instructor, delivered through a combination of pre-recorded lectures and live instructor-led class sessions.