The overall mission for Pro-Tech and the two initial programs are as follows:
- Professional-Technical Education: The Dordt College Professional-Technical program works to equip Christians for lifelong service as operators and managers in skilled fields.
- Farm Operations and Management: The Dordt College Farm Operations and Management program will use applied experiences tied to a biblical foundation and theoretical knowledge to prepare students to honor God through lives of service and be an influence in agriculture.
- Manufacturing Technology: The Dordt College Manufacturing Technology program strives to provide Christians with the discernment and the practical ability and skill needed to transform metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and other materials in a manner that glorifies God and meets needs within creation.
Student Learning Objectives
The objectives below will guide Pro-Tech and the two initial programs.
- Faithful transformation: Guided by a deep-rooted grasp of creation’s goodness and driven by experience in a world broken by sin, students will develop habits to direct their hands, minds, and hearts for God’s service and place them on a trajectory to infuse these habits into their workplaces.
- Lifelong learning: By way of a contextualized curriculum that demonstrates interconnections to all areas of life and internship experiences that demonstrate the dynamic nature of abilities needed and technology used in skilled fields, students will strive to continue to grow as kingdom citizens both in and outside of their fields of expertise
- Communication: Students will demonstrate written and oral interpersonal communication ability that is effective in a variety of contexts (i.e., both within and outside the workplace) and enables faithful, serviceable action.
- Problem solving and critical thinking: Students will develop critical thinking capacity and demonstrate an ability to identify, define, and solve problems that occur in applied and technical fields.
- Project management skills: Students will demonstrate an ability to manage resources and break a project down into parts that can be accurately planned for and controlled.
Agriculture: Farm Operations and Management
- Farm operation and management skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze how management decisions impact agricultural operations, production, and finances.
- Technology: Students will analyze and implement appropriate technology in common production scenarios as God continues to unfold creation.
- Cultural and historical context: Students will demonstrate an integrated understanding of the areas of business principles, science, history, and the environment as they learn about the competing worldviews in the field of agriculture.
- Manufacturing skills and technology: Students will show expertise as they use the techniques, skills, and modern manufacturing tools necessary for professional practice (e.g., ranging from manual cutting, bending, and welding to robotics and computer aided manufacturing).
Cultural and historical context: With experiences that show how manufacturing and engineering techniques and strategies have changed over time, students will know their place and task in the dynamic unfolding of creation in time (i.e., which has been called the cultural mandate).