ATE is Advanced Technological Education. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

NICE K-12 Conference


December 4 Phoenix, AZ

In its ninth year, the NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference has gathered the most dynamic and innovative cybersecurity education leaders and professionals from across the US for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration to promote the discovery of cybersecurity careers and multiple pathways, identify methods to transform learning, and much more. 

NICE K12 is known to cybersecurity-related educators and educational stakeholders as the best place to engage with the thought leaders and pioneers leading the charge in classrooms, schools, districts, and regional and statewide cybersecurity education programs. NICE K12 is the national hub for providing resources in innovative teaching and learning for K12 educators to inspire their students to be the future cybersecurity workforce.

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EvaluATE Webinar: Practical Strategies to Interpret Evaluation Findings


December 6 Online

In a world driven by data, the power of evaluation comes from our ability to weave data points into a story that meaningfully answers our project’s questions. The interpretation of evaluation findings is a crucial step in the evaluation process that turns analyzed data into useful evaluative conclusions. The process of interpretations extracts valuable insights that can help project staff understand project impact and make informed decisions.  In this webinar, presenters will focus on practical strategies to interpret evaluation findings that inform meaningful project improvements and assess overall effectiveness. These strategies include comparative analysis against historical or baseline data, benchmarking against national datasets, and participatory sense-making sessions. This webinar is for project leaders and staff who are looking to make the most out of their project evaluations and evaluators who are looking to increase the transparency and utility of their evaluation conclusions.

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Assistive Technology for Writing


December 6 Online

This workshop will look at assistive technology to help with a range of writing skill levels. We'll see apps to help with different stages from drafting to revising along with learning the basics and various digital and voice options.

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The Skills and Competencies Needed to Transform Higher Education for the Future of Work and Learning


December 7 ,

It is estimated that 85 percent of all jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented. Couple this with a recent survey that states nearly 50 percent of millennials do not believe college is worth it. For those who do enroll, nearly half drop out within their first year of studies and only 10 to 12 percent of students of color will persist to graduation. At the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, how can community college leaders redesign their services to help students find their personalized pathway, create a sense of belonging, and build equitable bridges to social and economic mobility? Participants learn new transformative strategies they might consider for their own institution based upon work conducted at Tallahassee Community College through the Culture of CARE initiative.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Identify the core tenets of the advent of the fourth industrial revolution as it relates to education's equity imperative, the future of work, and the future of learning.
  • Explore trends happening in higher education post-pandemic and evaluate the role of community colleges within this arena.
  • Identify strategies to take back to their campus.

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How to Teach Community College Students the Soft Skills Demanded by Employers


December 8 Online

How often have you heard from employers that they are looking to hire graduates with the book knowledge and essential soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace? Many employers believe soft skills are just as important, if not more so, than hard skills. As an educator, how can you teach soft skills to college students? During this workshop, participants learn about the necessary soft skills most employers desire. Participants leave with a set of strategies they can use to help their students develop soft skills that are critical for future success.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Describe employability skills.
  • Know the difference between soft and hard skills.
  • Summarize common skills desired by employers.
  • Describe ways to help students improve their soft skills.

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Defense Manufacturing Conference 2023


December 11 Nashville, TN

DMC is the nation’s annual forum for enhancing and leveraging the efforts of engineers, managers, technology leaders, scientists, and policy makers across the defense manufacturing industrial base. Leaders and manufacturing subject matter experts from government, industry, and academia exchange information and perspectives on defense manufacturing policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest manufacturing innovations that will benefit our warfighters.

Attendees range from CEO- and Flag Officer/SES-level to working-level manufacturing-oriented engineers, scientists, and business practice/policy makers and include technology implementers, system designers and representatives of the warfighters. Typical attendance is over 1,000 primarily government and industry participant with a smaller complement from academia.

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WASTC ICT Educators Winter Conference


January 4 San Jose, CA

The ICT Educators' Conference is back in person at the Cisco Campus in San Jose. This year's theme, "It's The Human Network," celebrates the incredible power of personal connections, collaboration, and the shared passion for all things ICT.

What to Expect:

  • Engaging Sessions: Hear from industry experts, business partners, and your peers. Learn about the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in the world of ICT education.
  • Inspiring Speakers: Hear from thought leaders who are shaping the future of technology education. Gain insights, perspectives, and strategies that will empower your teaching journey.
  • Networking Galore: Connect with fellow educators, enthusiasts, and professionals who share your passion for ICT. Build lasting relationships, exchange ideas, and expand your network.
  • Tour Cisco San Jose: Immerse yourself in the innovative atmosphere of Cisco a hub of technological advancement and inspiration in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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FCPN 2024 Symposium


January 10 Jensen Beach, FL

The Florida Career Pathways Network is a membership organization for educators, employers, and workforce development partners involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, Career & Technical Education, and other related education reform initiatives. Join other Career Pathways and CTE Florida leaders and practitioners for a variety of workshops, professional dialogues, and a student showcase from around the state. More importantly learn from this year's selected Best Practice Award winners as they highlight all of the great innovation and achievements within their programs.

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AACC Workforce Development Institute


January 23 New Orleans, LA

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will present their annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI). WDI 2024 is the premier annual convening for new and seasoned community college-based workforce and economic development professionals. WDI 2024 will be held January 23-26, 2024.

The program will feature an array of perspectives highlighting innovative strategies and promising practices to support your workforce and economic development efforts.

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ATIA 2024 Conference


January 25 Orlando, FL

ATIA 2024 is where the assistive technology community will gather, January 25–27, in Orlando, Florida and virtually! Over the past 24 years, the ATIA conference has been the leading community-building and learning event for all things AT.

Connect with thousands of assistive technology practitioners, teachers, parents, caregivers, persons with disabilities, and more. Discover new technologies, opportunities, and creative ideas that support the power of the AT community. Inspire and empower one another as you engage in authentic, thought-provoking, and collaborative (and fun!) experiences that will shape a better future for persons with disabilities.

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From Now to Next: The Decade-Long Journey of Generative AI in Higher Education


January 25 Online

In today's society as well as in academia, the integration of Generative AI into our daily tasks and current pedagogies is no longer a distant vision—it's our present reality. This webinar offers a pragmatic exploration of how Generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, could affect curriculum development, transform classrooms, and enhance student experiences; provides practical applications of Generative AI, from streamlining daily tasks to guiding students' learning; explores how anticipated advancements in Generative AI could change class design, facilitation, and assessment of student learning; and addresses the pressing question of how educators can seamlessly embed Generative AI into their curricula while ensuring each course's learning objectives are met. As the educational landscape undergoes this pivotal shift, mastering the potential of Generative AI becomes not just advantageous, but essential. Come learn how to unravel the intricacies of incorporating Generative AI into everyday academic tasks, curriculum development, and classroom management!

By the end of this presentation, learners will:

  • Recognize and be able to articulate the current applications of Generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, in daily academic tasks, curriculum planning, and student learning experiences.
  • Gain insights into upcoming advancements in Generative AI, enabling them to predict and prepare for changes in classroom structures, teaching methodologies, and student assessment techniques.
  • Comprehend the significance of Generative AI in the evolving educational scenario and acquire the skills to effectively incorporate it into curriculum planning, everyday academic operations, and classroom environments, ensuring they remain leaders in this transformative era and optimally prepare students for a globalized future.

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with CEUs upon completion of the webinar. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the webinar evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Asset Integrity Management of Critical Infrastructure


February 5 Kissimmee, FL

It is the goal of the AIM 2024 conference to serve as a forum for sharing concepts, processes and technologies that can be beneficial to all. The conference will focus on Asset Integrity Management of the key infrastructure of 4 key critical industries: Power Generation (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro, and Renewables), Oil and Gas (Up, Mid and Downstream & LNG), Transportation and Water.

The conference is intended to cover the ASME core technical areas related to energy, manufacturing, and robotics and cross cutting technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, materials, design, reliability, and sustainability. The conference will include topics such as emerging technologies for monitoring damage levels, analytical tools to quantify degradation rates with focus on probabilistic developments, case histories and definition of the way forward to develop recommended practices and standards.

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Project Management: Deep Dive into Scope and Scope Creep


February 5 Online

Project scope creep occurs when your original project scope expands to include additional features and functionality without the corresponding adjustments to time, budget, or other resources. Scope creep is one of the biggest project management pitfalls, the leading cause of projects over budget, and a key driver of reducing company profitability. The good news is that you can take some simple actions to reduce scope creep on your engineering projects significantly.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies topics include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • General manufacturing

Agricultural and Environmental Technologies topics include:

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Environmental technologies
  • Natural resources
  • Nuclear power
  • Solar energy
  • Wind power

Bio and Chemical Technologies topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and process technologies

Engineering Technologies topics include:

  • Electronics and controls
  • General engineering
  • Marine technologies
  • Materials technologies
  • Optics
  • Space technologies

General Advanced Technological Education topics include:

  • Evaluation
  • Learning research
  • Recruitment
  • Teacher preparation

Information and Security Technologies topics include:

  • Geospatial technologies
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Logistics
  • Security, information assurance, and forensics

Micro and Nanotechnologies topics include:

  • MEMS
  • Microsystems
  • Semiconductors
Screenshot for Virtual Reality: Educational Program for Developing Business Communication Skills in Manufacturing Technician Education

This Android application from Purdue University provides a simulation of the work that advanced manufacturing technicians perform, including details on the work that they perform in automation and data exchange. The simulation is composed of five sections, including an introduction and four sequential storylines. In the simulation, learners role play as a novice technician at a manufacturing company that produces printed paper products. The simulation helps learners develop skills in communication, problem-solving, working in a diverse workplace, and more. A VR headset is required to run the application. Installation instructions are provided in the downloadable ZIP file alongside an Android Package and four Android Opaque Binary Blob files. 

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Screenshot for National Roundtable on the Workforce for a Green and Inclusive Economy: Recommendations to the White House and Federal Agency Staff

This report from the National Roundtable on the Workforce for a Green and Inclusive Economy provides information on necessary actions to prevent redundant or fragmented green workforce efforts. "The outcomes provide insights into what government agencies, industry, unions, higher education institutions, and workforce agencies must do, independently and together, to address gaps in the green workforce structure and programs, effectively scale them up, and ultimately drive forward an inclusive, green economy." Key takeaways, workforce gaps, and recommendations are highlighted. Equity and diversity, workforce education structures, career advising, professional development, wages, and more are explored. 

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Screenshot for The Data Age Is Here, Are You Ready?

In this video, provided by the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) to attendees of the July 2022 Summer Working Connections professional development event, Chris Visaya, Senior Manager of Education Delivery for Splunk, discusses both broad data science and data analytics workforce needs and specific benefits for colleges joining Splunk's Academic Alliance. The increasing importance of data in society, new technologies, Splunk's data-to-everything platform, Splunk's services and software, and Splunk's customers and users are also highlighted. The video recording runs 17:18 minutes in length.

Presentation slides are also provided.

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Screenshot for PBE Administrative Policies

This collection of documents from Texas State Technical College (TSTC) provides a sample of administrative policies used in implementing performance-based education (PBE).

These documents are composed of a cybersecurity departmental standard policy, statewide operating standards for faculty expectations and grading systems, an advising acknowledgment form, and a remote access hardship application. The cybersecurity department standard policy addresses requirements for the mastery of course competencies through assessments in PBE courses. The statewide operating standard for faculty expectations and workload addresses the assignment of fair and equitable instructional duties to full-time faculty commensurate with their teaching discipline and other responsibilities. The statewide operating standard for grading systems addresses how TSTC measures student achievement of skills, knowledge, and competencies and how to report student performance for each course attempted or credited with a...

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Screenshot for Stacking the Deck

The Stack the Deck website, created by Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology, provides competency cards that break the categories of the Department of Labor (DOL) Engineering Competency Model into challenges based on common interview questions asked by leading technology and manufacturing companies. Learners and entry-level employees can use this resource to explore past experiences and identify new opportunities to practice employability skills. The deck contains five types of competency cards: personal effectiveness, academic, workplace effectiveness, industry-wide technical, and wildcard. Competencies include wellness and self care, professionalism, teamwork, and more.

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Upcoming Event: Workforce Development Institute

Join the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) at their annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) in 2024. Themed "Bridges," this dynamic event is scheduled to take place from January 23 to 26 in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. 

This year's WDI promises a diverse and enriching experience, featuring engaging sessions and valuable opportunities for professional development. Attendees can choose from an array of preconference and post-conference sessions, covering topics such as initiating workforce leadership, rural economic development, and the entrepreneurial mindset of a workforce professional. Registration is now open, with special early bird rates available until October 15, 2023. For detailed program information and registration, visit AACC WDI 2024 Registration.

Join the AACC in exploring the vital role of community colleges in workforce development and building bridges to a brighter future. Read more about the development institute on the AACC website as well. 

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Upcoming Event: NSF Virtual Grants Conference

Save the date for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) upcoming Fall 2023 Virtual Grants Conference, scheduled for December 4 to December 7, 2023. Tailored for researchers, faculty members, and administrators, this virtual event promises a comprehensive exploration of NSF's latest programs and initiatives.

The conference agenda encompasses critical subjects such as proposal preparation, the NSF merit review process, directorate sessions, award management, conflict of interest policies, and updates to the NSF system. Regardless of professional experience, attendees can anticipate invaluable insights into current issues, policies, and procedures relevant to NSF grants.

Registration is currently open, offering participants access to a detailed overview of NSF's funding opportunities. The conference aims to equip attendees with the knowledge required to adeptly navigate the complexities of NSF grants, making it an indispensable experience for both seasoned professionals and newcomers.

For further details and registration, visit the NSF Virtual Grants Conference website.

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U.S. Department of Education Unveils Transfer Student Data

In a move towards addressing challenges in the higher education transfer process, the U.S. Department of Education has released data spotlighting top-performing community colleges and universities facilitating seamless transitions for students. The announcement was made at a summit on transfer policy improvement held at Northern Virginia Community College, attended by leaders in higher education and government officials from 11 states.

Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education, emphasized the disproportionate impact of credit transfer issues on students of color, who predominantly attend community colleges. He underscored the urgency of streamlining the transfer process, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against using race in admissions. Cardona stated, "No one will solve this challenge in isolation. We need leaders across higher education to collaborate intentionally."

The newly released data draws on an eight-year analysis of approximately 620,000 students who received federal financial aid and enrolled in a community college in 2014. Utilizing information from the National Student Loan Data System, the assessment evaluates the performance of institutions nationwide...

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ACS Announces PrepareCTP Seed Grant

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has unveiled its PrepareCTP Seed Grant program, aimed at bolstering partnership building at community colleges and similar two-year degree-granting institutions. The grant focuses on preparing skilled technical workers (STW) in the chemical enterprise, referred to as chemical technical professionals (CTPs). With awards of up to $20,000, the grant program supports activities such as student stipends/scholarships, faculty workload release, instrumentation purchases, and other initiatives conducive to the preparation and recruitment of chemical technical professionals. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2023.

This initiative aligns with ACS's Strategic Initiative for Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce, emphasizing the recruitment and engagement of a diverse group of students and potential employees in the chemical industry. Community colleges will receive financial support for training chemical technical professionals through activities including stipends, internships, equipment purchases, and partnership building with local businesses. The program seeks to assist students and faculty within programs that prepare chemical...

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