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.

NEVC Annual Meeting


February 28 Port St. Lucie, FL

The National Electric Vehicle Consortium (NEVC), funded by the National Science Foundation, promotes the interaction of a critical mass of academic, agency, and industry experts across all EV disciplines to help secure the nation's EV workforce pipeline. 

  1. Share best practices (curriculum, recruitment, certifications, resources and more) across all EV sectors.
  2. Discuss gaps and funding opportunities to address those gaps.
  3. Identify opportunities for tours, presentations, and partnerships.
  4. Support the development of an entry level attainable industry recognized certification across all EV sectors.

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What’s New in Global Mapper Pro v25.1?


February 28 Online

Global Mapper Pro offers numerous advanced geospatial tools, explicitly focusing on lidar and point cloud management and analysis. In this session, explore the latest additions to Global Mapper Pro version 25.1, which complements the core functionality of the standard version.

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The Community College Innovation Challenge – Why You Should Apply!


February 29 Online

The Community College Innovation Challenge is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; receive full travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp held in Washington, D.C.; and compete for cash awards of up to $3,000 per team member. Up to 12 finalist teams will be selected to attend the Innovation Boot Camp and receive coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills. Finalist teams also participate in a Student Innovation Session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry professionals. Join AACC, a CCIC judge, and a student finalist team member from the 2023 competition to learn about the CCIC, why you should apply, and how to do so by the April 2 deadline.

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Mechatronics 101 for High Schools: A workshop for Secondary and Post Secondary Educators


March 1 Clearwater, FL

This hands-on workshop will introduce faculty to an entry level Mechatronics course (Concepts of Electronics) taught to high school students at a distance in Nebraska and Minnesota. It is the first of 4 courses being designed to deliver to high school students. Attendees will learn best practices for delivering technical course work online, assemble a trainer and perform lab exercises designed for high school students.

All participants will take their finished trainer (valued over $300) home and be asked to create a lab with the trainer to share with other workshop attendees and the iMEC community. A bill of materials and curriculum will also be made available. Teams of a high school instructor and State/community college faculty are encouraged to attend as a team. The workshop is FREE, lunch will be provided, and attendees will take their trainer home to use in their own classrooms. 

Workshop Topics:

  • Overview of the iMEC projects
  • Dual enrollment strategies
  • Share good practices working with high schools
  • Building trainers from components
  • Review web curriculum
  • Labs and videos
  • Complete the trainer

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Managing Expectations: Asking for & Obtaining Feedback


March 1 Online

Meeting or exceeding expectations is a defining metric of success in the workplace. There are multitudes of expectations, many of which often go unsaid. How do you clarify what is expected of you and obtain regular actionable feedback so that you can progress steadily towards those expectations? In this session presenters will outline tools you can use to define the many expectations inherent in any work situation, assess for gaps in your knowledge and build the language to ask for and obtain the information and feedback you need to succeed.

Workshop participants will come away with tools to:

  • Assess what expectations have been made clear, and which still need further clarity.
  • Identify gaps in expectations, how you’ll be evaluated, assessed and trained.
  • Language to obtain expectation clarity and actionable feedback.
  • Proactively manage-up to promote actions that support your success

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Diversity, Engagement & Recruitment Strategies


March 1 Online

In response to community requests, InnovATEBIO will be holding a series of community meetings organized by topic. All meetings will be Fridays from 12:30-2:00 pm Eastern time. Join InnovATEBIO on Friday, Mar 1st to talk about Diversity, Engagement & Recruitment Strategies

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ITSS Summit - Frisco, Texas


March 4 Frisco, TX

In these free hands-on, interactive workshops, attendees will learn how to develop and leverage a future-facing set of skill standards for any technical discipline.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed via a stipend. Participating schools must send at least two people: one faculty member and one administrator.

"ITSS Summit" attendees will...

  • Understand the elements of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model and the skill standards development cycle
  • Discuss strategies for recruiting subject matter experts
  • Practice preparing and hosting SME meetings to prioritize in-demand job skills and KPIs
  • Convert the job skills into student learning outcomes
  • Workshop implementing the skill standard materials into curriculum
  • Develop mentored “action plans” for next steps

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2024 AgTech Summit


March 5 Champaign, IL

Join in this summit to explore how technology solutions are addressing some of the most significant challenges facing agriculture today – and learn about what is on the horizon. One of the premier AgTech hubs in the nation, Champaign-Urbana is uniquely positioned to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and industry for learning, networking and advancing this sector.

This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about the current state of agtech and looking into the future through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. This event is free thanks to the generous sponsors.

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International Technology and Engineering Education Association Conference


March 6 Memphis, TN

The ITEEA Annual conference is an unparalleled professional learning opportunity for technology, engineering, and STEM educators featuring dozens of special interest sessions, ITEEA’s renowned STEM Showcase, and exciting social and networking events.

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Flourish with Feedback: Harnessing Competencies for Professional Growth


March 8 Online

While feedback is a valuable tool for guiding professional development, its full potential is often untapped. Learn to transform feedback into actionable, practical and impactful development strategies by adopting a shared competency language with your teammates and to create a focused learning roadmap during your internship.

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ATE Project Talks: Bio Blend 1.0 and Social Dogs


March 8 Online

Welcome to the InnovATEBIO 2024 series of virtual ATE project talks.  This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.  The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Talk 1:  Bio Blend 1.0: Using Self-Assessment to Stay on Track

Description: Bio Blend 1.0 Project Team and Evaluators, Cosgrove and Associates, will share grant background information and a self-assessment tool created by the Cosgrove’s to monitor grant progress and evaluate: partnerships, activities, challenges, actions taken to address challenges and outcomes.

Talk 2:  Social Dogs

Description: This project will create a mobile version of DNA Subway.

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Cybersecurity Workshops for Community College Instructors


March 9 Online

The National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE) and the Washington State Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) are funding a limited number of $600 scholarships for one of the following virtual workshops to eligible community college faculty as part of their mission to support cybersecurity instruction and to encourage faculty who want to teach cybersecurity.

They will offer 3 different workshops that run on Saturday mornings from March 9 - April 6, 2024 for 2 hours each from 8-10AM PST. The topics include:

  • CCNAv7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials (SRWE)
  • CCNP Advanced Routing and Services [ENARSI]
  • Cyber Security Operations Associate

A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants will be placed on a waitlist after the workshop is full. Complete the registration and scholarship application by February 25, 2024.  Applicants will be notified of their approval status via email.

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Esri Developer Summit


March 12 Palm Springs, CA

Join your global developer community at the Esri Developer Summit—an event designed to show you how to build cutting-edge apps using advanced mapping technology. Explore hundreds of hours of technical workshops and sessions and learn development best practices from GIS experts.

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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
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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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This site, from Hitachi High Technologies America, focuses on the company's initiative to expand STEM education in classrooms. The site includes information about the project and Hitachi classroom visits, a calendar of STEM education events, and resources for educators, including papers and lesson plans for grades K-12 and beyond. Users are asked to complete a free registration process before accessing lesson plans.

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Screenshot for Bridging the Skills Gap in Smart Manufacturing Promotional Materials, 2021-2022

This collection, published by Marion Technical College, provides promotional materials for the 2021 and 2022 Smart Manufacturing Summer Camps. This 3-day program, located at Marion Technical College's campus, engaged students from ages 12 to 18 in introductory Smart Manufacturing topics. The program introduced students to the internet of things, taught beginner Python, provided hands-on activities, and gave tours of the campus' engineering labs. This summer camp is part of a program that aims to recruit students into Smart Manufacturing industries. 

The 2021 collection is composed of an informational flyer, survey, and promotional video. The flyer provides information on the date, time, location, and registration process for the program. The flyer also highlights the curriculum. The 3-page survey inquires about participants' ages, experiences with the summer camp, and suggestions for the program. The promotional video provides highlights of lectures, workshops, and tours. The video...

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Screenshot for PV Array Install at Commercial Ave

This video, published by the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education Resource Center (CREATE) and narrated by Joel Shoemaker, provides a virtual workshop on the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array. In the video, an instructional sheet is provided. The document is composed of a solar PV array diagram and 15 steps, which include information on the installation of PV array racking and connecting the PV array to a junction box. Technicians also demonstrate how to complete each step. The video recording runs 23:00 minutes in length.

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Screenshot for Course Syllabus Standard Template: SMT 1100 Cyber Security/Networking in Manufacturing

This 6-page syllabus, published by Marion Technical College, provides a course template for teaching cyber security, databases, and networking in a manufacturing environment. In addition to general course information and standard college policies, the template offers a brief course description, ten course learning outcomes, and an 8-week course outline. Topics range from OSI models, IP addressing, and database design to risk assessment and defending against cyber attacks.

The document is part of a project that aims to standardize curriculum in Smart Manufacturing to educate future manufacturing technicians in advanced technology applications.

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ATE Resources 6,461
New Projects/Centers 50
New Resources 91

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American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference

Join the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for one of the most significant professional development events for leaders in community colleges and stakeholders within the two-year college sector. The annual conference, catering to diverse roles including CEOs, executives, community college faculty, trustees, and industry partners, promises high-energy keynote presentations, thought-provoking breakout sessions, and disruptive technology showcases. Keynote speakers this year include Gayle King, Jack Uldrich, and Anya Kamenetz.

This conference serves as a crucial platform for community college professionals at various levels, from entry-level positions such as administrative assistants and advisors to managers and executives, including deans, directors, and vice presidents. As the community college landscape evolves, the AACC event stands out as a hub for collaboration, innovation, and shared insights in the pursuit of advancing two-year college education.

Learn more about the conference, program, and events on the AACC Conference website. 

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Upcoming Conference: Drone Education Conference

West Valley College is set to host a two-day drone education conference on March 14-15, 2024. Open to educators nationwide, the event features keynote speakers Nicole Bonk, Skydio Director of Flight Testing, and Albert Lin, National Geographic Explorer.

The conference includes presentations, workshops, and insights into drone technology applications in fields such as Emergency Response, Utilities, Transportation, Agriculture, and Drone Delivery. The schedule includes insightful presentations, hands-on workshops, and flight demonstrations. Faculty attending both days receive a $700 stipend. Registration is free for all attendees. Corporate participants include Esri Drone2Map Team, Skydio Team, and Censys Technologies.

For registration and details, visit the conference page.

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Upcoming Webinar: ATE Proposal Tips

Discover success tips for your next ATE project proposal with the American Association of Community Colleges's (AACC) upcoming webinar, "Moving Up! How-to Tips for Success with YOUR Next ATE Project Proposal," scheduled for Feb 21, 2024. 

If your college has been an ATE grantee or you've new to the ATE community, this session is a must-attend to maintain the momentum. Learn how to leverage ATE funding for your college's technician education programs and students by taking the next step with additional ATE funding.

Join the AACC for an in-depth exploration where they will provide a comprehensive checklist and expert tips to enhance the competitiveness of your ATE proposal. Understand how requirements and reviewer expectations evolve as you progress, and discover valuable resources for making your proposal more viable.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain insights, strategies, and insider tips to navigate common pitfalls in seeking your next ATE grant. To register, please visit the Zoom registration website

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Community College Enrollment Updates

In fall 2023, undergraduate enrollment in the U.S. experienced a 1.2 percent increase, marking the first rise since the pandemic. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's latest report revealed a growth of approximately 176,000 students nationally.

Notably, community colleges thrived with a 2.6 percent enrollment boost, indicating a positive recovery from pandemic-related losses. Community colleges focusing on vocational programs saw a remarkable 16 percent surge. Associate degree program enrollments rose by 2.2 percent, surpassing the 0.7 percent increase in bachelor's degree program enrollments.

Despite these gains, overall enrollments remain below fall 2019 levels. Furthermore, two-year public colleges and for-profit institutions experienced continued employment declines, with community colleges witnessing a 4.35 percent reduction in staff from 2020 to 2022.

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