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  • Rev 8-10-12 Page 1 of 24

    Gunsmithing 5-Year Academic Program Review

    Trinidad State Junior College

    Section 1: Program Overview

    A. Program Profile

    The first gunsmithing courses were designed and offered at TSJC in 1947 by P.O. Ackley. Since that time the program has developed into a two year Gunsmithing Degree Program that is designed to train individuals with the basic concepts and skills needed by the professional gunsmith. Course work at the basic and advanced level includes: bench metal, machining operations, gun repair and stockmaking. A wide variety of specialized courses such as checkering, revolversmithing, competitive rifles, shotgunsmithing and pistolsmithing are also offered.

    AAS Degree – Gunsmithing Certificate of Completion – Gunsmithing

    Demographics 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13

    Gender

    Male 38 95.00% 48 96.00% 73 97.33% 107 99.07% 78 98.73%

    Female 2 5.00% 2 4.00% 2 2.67% 1 0.93% 1 1.27%

    Non-Traditional to Gender 2 4.00% 2 4.00% 2 2.67% 1 0.93% 1 1.27%

    Ethnicity

    Hispanic or Latino 2 4.00% 2 4.00% 5 2.67% 5 4.63% 2 2.53%

    Not Hispanic or Latino 38 76.00% 48 96.00% 69 2.67% 93 86.11% 73 92.41%

    undeclared 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 1 2.67% 10 9.26% 4 5.06%

    Race

    American Indian or Alaskan Native 1 2.00% 1 2.00% 1 2.67% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2 4.00% 2 4.00% 2 2.67% 3 2.78% 2 2.53%

    Black or African American 1 2.00% 1 2.00% 1 2.67% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    White 32 64.00% 41 82.00% 64 2.67% 89 82.41% 71 89.87%

    Unknown Not Reported 3 6.00% 2 4.00% 1 2.67% 11 10.19% 6 7.59%

    Two or more 1 2.00% 1 2.00% 0 2.67% 0 0.00% 1 1.27%

    Education

    Curr. High Sch. Student 1 2.00% 0 0.00% 1 2.67% 3 2.78% 1 1.27%

    High School Graduate 11 22.00% 11 22.00% 13 2.67% 11 10.19% 10 12.66%

    GED 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 2.67% 0 0.00% 1 1.27%

    ATB 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    Associates Degree (AA,AS,AGS,AAS) 0 0.00% 1 2.00% 1 2.67% 0 0.00% 1 1.27%

    Bachelor’s Degree 0 0.00% 1 2.00% 1 2.67% 1 0.93% 0 0.00%

    Master’s Degree 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 2.67% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    Doctorate (Ed.D., Ph.D.) 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 2.67% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    Professional Degree (MD., JD, MBA) 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 2.67% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%

    Unknown Not Reported 28 56.00% 0 0.00% 59 2.67% 93 86.11% 66 83.54%

    Non Traditional completers

    Total Students 40 50 75 108 79

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    B. Faculty Profile Keith Gipson – Professor Dave Nolan – Professor John McLaughlin – Assistant Professor Ryan Newport – Assistant Professor Brian Cumby-Assistant Professor Chuck Grace – Adjunct/Instructor/Division chair Clayton Nelson – Adjunct/Instructor Mike Pierson – Adjunct/Instructor

    Program Core Courses Taught By Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

    08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 # of credit hours of core courses

    taught by adjunct faculty 14 12% 7 6 % 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%

    # of credit hours of core courses taught by full-time faculty

    102 88% 109 94% 116 100% 116 100% 116 100%

    Professional Development Activities: Colorado Association of Career and Technical Educators (CACTE) conference; Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show; National Rifle Association (NRA) Show; American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGM) Show; TSJC Assessment workshops/seminars; Social Media Marketing Seminar; CeraKote Training; Epilog Laser Training; BobCad Training; TIG Welding; EDU 250 Career and Technical Education; EDU 260 Adult Learning and Teaching; and EDU 265 Instructional Design. Certifications: AAS Gunsmithing – TSJC; Certificate Gun Repair – TSJC; Colorado Vocational Credentials; CeraKote certification; NRA Firearms Instructor certifications; and NRA Training Counselor certification. Faculty Changes: January 2010 John McLaughlin Full-Time Faculty from Adjunct August 2011 Ryan Newport Full-Time Faculty new hire August 2012 Brian Cumby Full-Time Faculty member (transferred from Alamosa Campus)

    C. Classroom / Lab / Facilities Profile Mullen 101Stock Making -- Remodeled Summer 2012 Mullen 106 Bench Metal Mullen 107 Bluing Mullen 114 Welding Mullen 116 Stock Duplication -- New/Remodeled Summer 2012 Mullen 206 New combo shop -- Remodeled Fall 2012 Mullen 211 Machine Shop Mullen 213 Machine Shop Classroom Mullen 216 Tool Room Mullen 221 Student Tool Chest Storage Mullen 306 Firearms Repair -- New Fall 2012 Mullen 414 Engraving/Gunsmithing Arts -- New Spring 2012

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    Program Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

    Our Mission: To prepare our students for employment as a gunsmith, providing them with a broad based educational experience, which includes a balanced curriculum and practical hands on education in the use of gunsmithing hand tools, gunsmithing machine tools, firearms repair, stockmaking, and customizing firearms.

    Program Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate proficiency in gunsmithing bench skills including hand tools, metallurgy, tool design,

    part manufacturing and fitting, soldering, and custom work. 2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of machine tools including barrel fitting, part manufacturing,

    tools and fixtures, and customization of firearms. 3. Demonstrate proficiency in basic gunstock making skills including gunstock design, gunstock

    furniture, inletting, shaping and stock finishing. 4. Demonstrate proficiency in firearms repair including firearms operation, troubleshooting,

    disassembly and reassembly, parts fitting, and firearms maintenance. 5. Demonstrate workplace skills, including interpersonal skills, resumes, and portfolios.

    Program Advisory Committee The Gunsmithing Department Advisory Committee meets semi-annually. One meeting is held on the TSJC Campus during the Fall Semester. The other meeting is held at the national SHOT Show, which is generally held in mid-January. The Committee is advisory in nature with members from various aspects of the firearms industry. Advisory Committee members Robert Semonis Browning Arms Company Robert Palmer Dixon, McNaughton and Co. Pete Brownell Brownell’s Inc. Roy Christensen Gander Mountain Richard Spruill Dakota Arms Sandy Joss Champion Shooters Supplies Carter Miller Benelli, USA Stan Chen Chen Custom Bill Gravatt Sinclair International Robin Sharpless Redding Steve Felgenhauer Freelance Writer Mike Pierson Firearms Engraver Rich Wyatt Gunsmoke, Inc. George Peterson Treebone Carving Bill Sturtavent Bill’s Gunshop

    D. Review and Status of Previous Review This is the first review we have done under the current TSJC Assessment Plan and as such provides baseline data for future review.

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    Section 2: Admissions and Marketing

    Historically admission to the Gunsmithing Department was on a first come, first served basis, with the only pre-requisite being the ability to legally possess firearms. Starting with the spring 2013 semester, we implemented a screening process designed to select those candidates who are best prepared for success. For the spring 2013 semester we screened 54 applicants for 17 class openings.

    Admissions Screening Process

    Students seeking admission into the Gunsmithing School will complete the following requirements:

    1. Apply for admission and be accepted into Trinidad State Junior College.

    2. Submit Driver’s License, official high school transcripts, Immunization records and Birth Certificate

    3. Submit ACT/SAT or Accuplacer Scores ACT

    a. Reading:

    i. 17 no Reading course required for admission

    b. Writing:

    i. 16 no English Course required for admission

    c. Math:

    i. 18 no Math Course required for admission

    Accuplacer Scores

    a. Reading:

    i. 79 no Reading course required for admission

    b. Writing:

    i. 79 no English Course required for admission

    c. Math:

    i. Arithmetic

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    Students who have met the testing requirements and have been accepted to Trinidad State Junior College will receive an acceptance letter from TSJC.

    4. Prospective students shall submit a letter of application for admission into the Gunsmithing School. The letter should be a maximum of typed 1,000 words, double spaced in Time New Roman font and size 12. This letter will be used in the review process by the admission committee for the selection of students for admission. The letter should include the items listed in the Gunsmithing School application.

    5. Submit three Letters of Recommendation.

    Marketing Marketing efforts have been primarily focused on four industry trade shows: SHOT Show NRA Show ACGM Guild/Dallas SCI Show Brownell’s Gunsmith Career Fair We also market our program via the TSJC website, NRA affiliated schools website, email distributions, and mailings such as the 60th Anniversary issue of the Special Forces magazine.

    Section 3: Program Curriculum and Outcomes Assessment

    A. Curriculum

    Gunsmithing AAS Degree 73 credit hours

    Required General Education courses

    Math 107 or above 3

    English 115, or 121 3

    Nine credit hours from the following:

    Science, Social & Behavior Science, Business, Accounting or Speech

    TOTAL General Education requirements 15

    Required Gunsmithing Elective cour

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