@Rob Spiegel-- CEC definitely serves the engineering community with some programs that are very basic, and others that if you check out the moderator's links, will lead you into a great learning experience. Congrats on the award!
Yes, Chuck, I've always thought it was interesting how audience members sign in hours before the broadcast. I'm not sure what that's all about. Maybe they just want to talk with a fellow engineer. There must be a wanting-to-connect factor in online presentations.
I agree, Rob. The CEC is amazing. Whenever I get on the site on the morning of a CEC class, the listeners are checking in, hours before the show, chattering back and forth about their experiences with the technology of the day. Digi-Key really clicked with this idea.
Having attended the awards last night, I can say that I was amazed that Design News and Digi-Key were able to compete with the big-budget guys who were also in attendance. Companies like Pepsico, McDonald's and AT&T have big name agencies working for them, but our Continuing Education Center more than held its own.
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.