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.

Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - TN 2023


September 30 Friendsville, TN

This workshop will benefit winemakers, cellar workers, winery staff, and wine enthusiasts who seek a deeper understanding of these topics and their impact on a winery’s success. In addition, workshop attendees will be guided through sensory test methods to access perceived differences and preferences in wine.

Topics include: Welcome and Introduction to Tasting, White Sensory Standards, Red Sensory Standards, and Evaluating Palate Attributes: Alcohol, Acid, and Tannin Wine Defects, Descriptive Wine Analysis of White Wines, Descriptive Analysis of Red Wines, Laboratory Investigating, Wine Competition Methodology and Professional Wine Rating Systems. A certificate will be awarded after the completion of this workshop.

Presenter: Zoran Ljepovic, Director of Sales and Wine Making Consultant with Ana Selection by Canadell

Cost: Single day registration ($175 per person), Full registration ($300 per person)

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The BIG Event: Girl Scouts

Student Event

October 1 East Grand Forks, MN

The BIG Event gives girls an opportunity to explore all the ways STEM interests can become a lifelong career. 

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age and their families to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and helps them take action to change the world – whether they’re programming robots, building a bridge, learning code, caring for animals or piloting a flight simulator. Exhibitors should provide a hands-on activity for approximately 175 girls in grades K-12.

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What’s New in Global Mapper Pro v25?


October 4 Online

Blue Marble product managers and software developers are busily planning writing lines of code that will eventually evolve into Global Mapper Standard Version 25. Each release brings a plethora of new and improved functionality throughout virtually all aspects of the software. In this session, presenters will introduce and demonstrate some of the highlights of version 25, including enhanced capabilities for working with vector, raster, and terrain data.

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BioMADE Webinar Series — Strong Domestic Manufacturing of Advanced Probiotics


October 4 Online

BioMADE Webinar Series — Strong Domestic Manufacturing of Advanced Probiotics for Raising Healthy Livestock and Producing Clean, Affordable, Sustainable Animal Protein for All

The U.S. needs a secure supply of safe, sustainable, clean animal protein. The farming industry faces unprecedented struggles including pandemics, war, climate change and the overuse of antibiotics. Join this webinar to hear how member General Probiotics developed GP1191, an innovative antimicrobial advanced probiotic to protect livestock, resulting in clean, affordable, sustainable food.

Through the BioMADE project, BioMADE has executed a plan to manufacture GP1191, moving nimbly from BioMRL-4 to the outskirts of BioMRL-7. They manufactured material for FDA-authorized tests in US chicken farms, validating the market. In the current proposal they focus on the next steps that will lead to commercial readiness.

Join this webinar on October 4, 2023, 12-1pm CT | 10-11am PT, to hear how BioMADE has broken through the commercialization and regulatory barriers for a new class of biologics in agriculture and how they are reaching commercial readiness for a novel antimicrobial at a critical time for poultry producers.

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Droning On: Northwest Mountain Edition


October 5 Greeley, CO

The Federal Aviation Administration has nine regional offices within the U.S. Each region is expanding outreach with in-person events. The goal is to highlight the societal, economic, and educational benefits of drones for the general public, through a series of events focusing on different audiences. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Please note that there may be additional costs for lunch. 

Droning On: Northwest Mountain will take place October 5-6, 2023 at AIMS Community College. The event will be two days of panels, lectures, and demonstrations. 

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How to Boost Female Enrollment in your Cybersecurity Program, Finally! Webcast


October 5 Online

Join presenter Donna Milgram, Executive Director, National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science, on Oct. 5th from 2-3pm ET as she shows how schools boosted female (and male) enrollments in Cybersecurity and IT programs after attending a WomenTech Educators Training. Participants will get clear, practical takeaways for applying these techniques to boost enrollments in their programs, such as:

  1. The top 3 mistakes schools make that keep female enrollments low.
  2. The top 3 recruitment strategies that work.
  3. What else you need to change besides your mindset to have real results.

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Colorado Drone Airshow 2023


October 6 Fort Collins, CO

The Colorado Drone Airshow is CSU’s first annual airshow and will provide an immersive drone experience for all. Join us at Christman Airfield in Fort Collins for two exciting days of unmanned aircraft systems excellence. 

Oct. 6 will be industry day focusing on the new and emerging technologies of unmanned aircraft systems with over 50 exhibitors. While Oct. 7 will be community day with drone racing, UAV demonstrations, fly overs, food trucks, and much more.

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2023 ATE Conference Orientation Webinar


October 6 Online

AACC will host an ATE Conference Orientation Webinar to provide an overview of 2023 ATE Conference agenda, share information on how to navigate the event, and discuss how attendees can maximize their time to get the most out of the conference and its many networking opportunities.

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Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI)


October 9 Washington, DC

The Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) is the dedicated annual meeting of stakeholders in engineering technology education. Participants come from across the US institutions like community colleges, companies, professional organizations, and 4-year schools. The objective is to promote high quality engineering technology education to support students, their families, and the companies they will join. Sample agenda items include curriculum, accessibility, industry needs, advocacy, and licensing. (The group is not political but does try to inform governmental actions.)

The annual ETLI is hosted by the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE.) The ASEE is the international organization for Engineering Education. It's mission is "ASEE advances innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession."

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Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis


October 10 Minneapolis, MN

Avanced Manufacturing Minneapolis-Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing (D&M), MinnPack, And Plastec

From surgical robots to self-driving cars, robotics and computer intelligence are changing our lives at a rapid pace. Minnesota is at the frontier of these challenges with global players such as 3M, Medtronic, Mayo, Honeywell and Cargill looking for creative ideas and human talent. 

Explore all four engineering trade shows that share the expo floor with ATX as part of Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis. It’s a one-stop experience delivering design to manufacturing solutions at every stage of the manufacturing process—design, materials, manufacturing, automation, and packaging—in top manufacturing sectors, i.e., medtech, food and beverage, electronics, machinery, aerospace, automotive, and more.

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AACC Future Presidents Institute


October 10 Denver, CO

The AACC Future Presidents Institute provides hands-on experience for senior leaders aspiring to the community college presidency. The association has gathered years of research from new CEOs about what they wish they had known before assuming the presidency.

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UAS Summit & Expo


October 10 Grand Forks, ND

The UAS Summit & Expo started as a small gathering of regional stakeholders. Now, 17 years later, the event in the Northern Plains of North Dakota has become a yearly major event for UAS experts from around the world. It’s the original epicenter of drone research, earned its place as the Silicon Valley of Drones and as you’ll see from the commercial, government and military flight activity filling the sky of the Northern Plains and beyond every day, it has truly become America’s UAS proving grounds. 

True to its trailblazing roots, this year’s event will unite industry thought leaders, policymakers and high-impact end-users like never before. 

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OpenText World 2023


October 10 Las Vegas, NV

The future of AI is here, and you can earn your AI wings at OpenText World 2023. The AI experimentation race is fueling groundbreaking innovation across all industries and will empower us to work even smarter. Find out how to pivot to AI, master AI innovation based on your values, and learn how to build trust and security in the cognitive era. 

Prepare to take flight with like-minded peers and potential collaborators, foster new connections, and take your professional network to new heights. Discuss trends, challenges, and solutions with like-minded professionals during one of the many networking events; such as breakouts, workshops, EY sponsored Women in Tech reception, informal and interactive meet ups in the amplified expo hall!

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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 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 M8-R SIM

The M8-R SIM is a virtual simulation game made for educating users on the operation of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV). In the simulation, users maneuver through coral reefs and hunt for crown-of-thorns sea stars. Designed by a team at the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD), students and working-adults can use this resource to prepare for high technology careers, especially those interested in becoming ROV pilots. Educators can also employ the simulator to explore the functions and use of a ROV, discuss career opportunities in STEM, and highlight the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Other project collaborators for the simulation include the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) and the Marine Advanced Technology Education for Inspiration and Innovation (MATE II) project. 

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Screenshot for Interactive Movie: Franklin Biologics

This interactive movie "is an educational tool designed to teach individuals about working in a regulated biomanufacturing environment. It is a story about a fictional biopharmaceutical company, Franklin Biologics, and an imaginary drug, Squabanin. Franklin is a mid-sized contract bioprocessing firm, which means that other companies hire Franklin to manufacture their drugs." Students can use this resource to role play as an upstream technician, upstream supervisor, or QC analyst in the fictional biomanufacturing environment. Students will follow the character through a work routine and make decisions. A participant facilitator guide, Bio-Link webinar, and annotated script are provided for educators. 

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Update: National Convergence Technology Center Farewell

After years of dedicated service, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is bidding farewell as its National Science Foundation (NSF) grant concludes this weekend. Initially established as regional grants in the 2000s, the CTC evolved into a national Advanced Technological Education grant recipient in 2012, with a renewal in 2017. Based at Collin College in North Texas, the CTC has been instrumental in aiding IT faculty, administrators, and students nationwide by providing industry insights, faculty training, and educational resources. They've also released a comprehensive "CTC Impacts" book PDF to highlight their numerous achievements and successes.

As the CTC's journey concludes, the baton will be passed to the National Information Technology Innovation Center (NITIC), located at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. NITIC will carry forward many of the CTC's initiatives while introducing new programs and projects to support a broader array of IT topics and disciplines. Collaborating with NITIC, Collin College, Lone Star College, and Sinclair Community College, partners of the National CTC grant, will continue their involvement as sub-awardees. Additionally, the...

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Technicians in a clean room at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center

NSF Invests $45 Million in Semiconductors

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has unveiled a $45.6 million investment across 24 research and education initiatives, aided by the "CHIPS and Science Act of 2022," aimed at advancing semiconductor technologies, manufacturing, and workforce development. These projects are part of the NSF Future of Semiconductors (FuSe) program, conducted in collaboration with companies such as Ericsson, IBM, Intel, and Samsung. The program's primary objectives are to foster the growth of a skilled semiconductor workforce and to drive innovations in semiconductor technologies and systems, addressing the nation's need for a secure and reliable supply of semiconductor technologies.

The FuSe program supports three key research areas: domain-specific computing, advanced function and high performance by heterogeneous integration, and new materials for energy-efficient and sustainable semiconductor systems. In addition to NSF funding, this initiative is supported by annual contributions from industry leaders, including Ericsson, IBM, Intel, and Samsung. This public-private partnership aims to guide research priorities, accelerate technology development, and prepare the future workforce while...

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Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces National Cyber Workforce Strategy

The Biden-Harris Administration has unveiled a comprehensive strategy aimed at bolstering America's cyber workforce and education initiatives. The initiative, known as the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy, aims to harness and develop the nation's cyber talent to address growing cybersecurity challenges.

This strategy recognizes the increasing importance of cybersecurity in an interconnected world and seeks to address the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. It emphasizes the need for collaborative efforts between government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector to promote cybersecurity education and training.

The National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy by the Biden-Harris Administration has four key objectives:

1. Foundational Cyber Skills for All: Provide basic cyber skills to all Americans, promoting their use and global progress in this area.

2. Transforming Cyber Education: Enhance cyber education from K-12 to higher education, making it more affordable and competency-based while investing in educators.

3. Expanding the National Cyber Workforce: Grow the cyber workforce through collaboration, skills-based...

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Upcoming Student Event: National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair

STEM students may be interested in attending National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center's upcoming virtual career fair. 

Students can attend the fair on September 22, 2023,  and follow along as the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) along with the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in cybersecurity community presents the highly anticipated National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair (VCF). This event is an opportunity for both students and alumni hailing from over 300 distinguished institutions, including Centers of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), as well as institutions awaiting approval under the Candidate's Program. 

What sets the National Cybersecurity VCF apart is its unwavering commitment to fostering connections between aspiring cybersecurity professionals and industry-leading employers. Employers can also join the VCF interest list and showcase their organization to a diverse array of top-tier talent. With the continuous expansion of the CAE in Cybersecurity program, each year brings a surge in student participation, with the previous year boasting a remarkable turnout of...

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