Introducing Lewis McCaw, author of Now I Get It!

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Lew McCaw taught automotive technology for 33 years at high school and community college levels. He holds degrees from SUNY College at Morrisville, SUNY Oswego and completed graduate work at Cornell University. His students from Ithaca High School won state and national championships several years in Plymouth Troubleshooting Contests. McCaw kept current with technology by attending corporate training centers, both domestic and foreign. Time as a service manager and salesman of diagnostic equipment added to his expertise. Lew and his wife, Mary-Beth, live in a retirement community near St. Augustine, Florida. He enjoys providing seminars for residents and writes on various topics.


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“Now I Get It!” makes understanding your car as easy as brushing your teeth. Only on housing are you likely to spend more money than on your vehicles. This author uses his expertise in teaching to help you understand how things work. From that mysterious yellow “check engine” light to deciding whether you need Top Tier gasoline, what every driver needs to know is explained in ways that make learning enjoyable. No longer should you fear being ripped off at a repair shop because you will understand and be able to communicate with your technician. Whether your concern is replacing tires, figuring out strange brake noises or what causes your car to wander to the right, your newfound knowledge will empower you to make good decisions and save money. Learning new technical concepts can be discouraging if you are not mechanically inclined. Lew McCaw explains the unfamiliar by using analogies with everyday experiences you DO understand. An example is in comparing how your body’s central nervous system functions to how on-board computers control many systems in your car. Your five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch feed information to your brain. The brain has been taught and remembers how to make decisions based on those inputs from your senses. It then commands various body parts to perform. Numerous sensors on your vehicle send information to computers. They have been programmed to react to those inputs and command things to happen. Many systems on your vehicle are controlled by these computers. “Now I Get It!” is a wonderful resource for drivers of all ages.

Introducing Charles Cranston Jett, author of Field Studies

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Charles Cranston Jett is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Submarine Force, and then received his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. He has over 30 years experience in management consulting and executive recruiting, having worked with corporate organizations in the area of critical skills identification and assisting in their corporate development programs as well as targeting specific skill profiles for recruitment. He is the author of several publications including: Whatever Happened to Corporate Loyalty? and Critical Skills and the CEO, both published by Chief Executive Magazine. He is an accomplished and dynamic speaker and has been featured by many of the nation’s top business schools as well as national conventions of the American Psychological Association. Mr. Jett’s work with Field Studies was featured by the US Department of Labor’s publication, Teaching the SCANS Competencies. He is the author of the two books: WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need To Succeed and The Doom Loop, both published by Outskirts Press.


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Field studies are considered by many to be the most powerful tool to teach the Critical Skills. A field study is a project conducted by a team of students to address a problem or issue in the “real world” under faculty supervision. They provide rigorous and learning rich experiences where students can practice and master their skills while working productively with an educational partner. Given the opportunity, virtually any student can participate and contribute as a field study team member. Field studies offer an educational experience quite different from the traditional classroom – they are, in a sense, the Socratic Method in action. It is the process that is important – not the content. Experiencing the process of a field study is the ultimate goal for students at all levels of secondary and higher education. While field studies benefit all participating students, they provide an unparalleled experience for the college-bound student. Field Studies provides specific steps for teachers and coordinators to lead teams of students through the process of conducting such projects – from identifying the problem or issue to be addressed to creating a work plan, collecting data, performing analysis, and delivering a clear and articulate final report. Not only do such in-depth exercises provide students with confidence in their ability to tackle real-world problems, they help students prepare for college and careers while making meaningful contributions to their communities – a win-win endeavor for all involved.