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.

2024 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


June 23 Portland, OR

ASEE is excited to welcome their Annual Conference to Portland, Oregon this June. They anticipate a great program of papers, posters, and special sessions this year, with strong attendance from across the nation and the world. They have also substantially expanded their exhibit hall this year, knowing that it is a major attraction for attendees. 
The Annual Conference is the single largest gathering of the year for ASEE members. For many who attend the conference, it is their best opportunity to share their individual and collective work in engineering education. Whether as part of a formal session or by meeting friends in the hallway, the conference has opportunities for everyone to share with and learn from others. 

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Summer of Nanopore Sequencing 2024 - James Madison University


June 24 Harrisonburg, VA

Nanopore sequencing analyzes individual DNA molecules in real time, and is the “next big thing” in biology education, making real-time DNA sequencing accessible to bioscience teachers and faculty. The DNA Learning Center and Oxford Nanopore are adapting nanopore sequencing for use in education, and you can be among the first to test their integrated Oxford Nanopore MinION/DNA Subway system that can provide DNA sequencing and analysis any time, any place, by anyone, and at an affordable price. Workshop participants will each receive a $300 stipend.

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Workshop: Advancing Faculty Skills in Mass Timber Construction


June 24 East Lansing, MI

Mass timber construction is growing rapidly in the US, experiencing exponential growth since 2014. Despite this, a lack of an educated and knowledgeable workforce remains as a top barrier to wider use of these materials and techniques in domestic markets. The Advancing Faculty Skills in Mass Timber Construction Workshop helps to resolve this barrier through a hands-on, small-group workshop that will guide faculty participants through current topics of interest regarding mass timber construction, provide them with experience on mass timber construction sites, and give them an opportunity to develop the framework for incorporating mass timber topics into their teaching. The three-day workshop features construction of a small mockup, takes participants to several mass timber buildings and construction sites, and allows them to consider how these topics can be incorporated into their teaching. The workshop is led by faculty from Michigan State University, as well as industry experts in timber design, manufacturing, and construction.  

The workshop will be held June 24-26, 2024, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Featured facilities during the session will include the MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Building, the first significant mass timber project completed in Michigan and the MSU Construction Management Research and Education Laboratory.  

There is no cost associated with the workshop. Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and meals will be provided or offset. The workshop will host a target of 25 participants; a wait list will be developed if applications exceed available slots.  The target audience is pre-tenure and recently tenured faculty in construction management, construction engineering, and construction science from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.

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June 24 Online

This workshop is intended for community college faculty interested in becoming cybersecurity faculty or faculty wishing to expand their knowledge, earn an industry certification, and strengthen their ability to incorporate new cybersecurity content in their community college curriculum. This workshop is not intended for students or non-faculty.

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate level cybersecurity jobs.

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GRRATE Summer Institute - Starke

Student Event

June 24 Starke, FL

Rising 9th - 12th grade students can attend an 8-day summer STEM camp at one of the five Santa Fe College Academic Centers. The summer 2024 curriculum will cover hands-on learning for rocketry, where students can learn to design, build and launch rockets along with improving math skills. 

There will be no cost for this program for campers and GRRATE is excited about getting students thinking about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) technical fields after graduation.

This is an 8-day camp offered in five locations from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Andrews Center (Starke) - June 24 - July 5, 2024
  • Blount Center (Downtown Gainesville) - June 17 - 27, 2024
  • Davis Center (Archer) - June 3 - 13, 2024
  • Perry Center (Alachua) - July 15 - 25, 2024
  • Watson Center (Keystone Heights) - July 15 - 25, 2024

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Summer 2024 Bootcamp: The Convergence of AI & XR – Leveraging emerging technologies in the classroom


June 24 St Cloud, MN

The Immersive Learning Bootcamp is aimed at improving technical education at two-year colleges by incorporating immersive technologies such as virtual reality, AI, augmented reality and 360° photography. Online Asynchronous content will be made available to participants through a Canvas shell. You’ll be able to explore the basics and learn at your own pace. From June 24 – 26, 2024 the camp will gather for three days in St. Cloud, MN. This will be time to learn together, build relationships, and explore technology. Accommodations will be available. For those interested in developing curricula, Immersive Learning Bootcamp will support you with additional resources and online synchronous meetings after the in-person sessions. 

Cost: Free. Content and meals provided, as well as a $350 stipend for technician faculty.

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The All of Us Research Hub Summer Institute


June 25 Salt Lake City, UT

The All of Us Research Program aims to engage one million or more people across the US as research participants and partners. These individuals are providing data to build one of the largest, most diverse and broadly accessible datasets ever assembled.

Guided by the core values of diversity, transparency, and accessibility, the All of Us Research Program is making the data available to the public and researchers at all stages of their careers, including students, via the Research Hub. The goal is to build an inclusive, diverse and growing researcher ecosystem and to excite our future scientists.

Join to learn about how to access this rich source of data, experience a model process for educating students about the program and using the database to conduct authentic research about health in the United States, and learn about opportunities available to student researchers.

Appropriate for US community college instructors of: biology, genetics, anatomy, biotech, health or research methods courses.


  • $1,125 participation compensation
  • Round-trip air travel or ground transportation to Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hotel lodging (private room)
  • Breakfast and lunch during the Institute (provided by a non-NIH funding stream), all other meals are at your own expense

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Mechatronics Professional Development #4 - Application of Industrial Sensors


June 26 Coumbus, NE

Central Community College, in partnership with the National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, is cosponsoring four professional development opportunities this summer!

During each of these trainings, the facilitators and college instructors will build separate trainers from the beginning and go through lessons which are part of the web-based course. The goal of these trainings are that local community colleges will work with high schools to offer dual credit to the high schools. In Nebraska, the community college is providing the instructor of record for the college credit and the facilitator helps the students and provide classroom management, but your school may choose to use these trainers differently. Those interested are welcome to participate in one or all the classes and will receive a stipend for each course participated in. The courses must be taken in sequential order.

Fourth Course: Application of Industrial Sensors

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Evaluation Essentials for Non-Evaluators: Understanding the Basics and Benefits of Evaluation


June 26 Online

Submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program can be overwhelming. One of the many proposal requirements involves submitting a detailed evaluation plan of your project activities. This webinar is designed for project PIs, staff, grants professionals, and other non-evaluators new to evaluation or those who want a basic refresher. Presenters will cover the fundamental concepts of what evaluation is, why it is important, and how it can benefit your project. In addition, they will share practical strategies for finding and selecting an evaluator for your proposal, including what to do if your institution doesn’t allow the selection of an evaluator before your grant is awarded. While this webinar is geared towards those submitting NSF ATE proposals, the content will benefit those submitting proposals in other NSF programs or STEM education contexts. Bring any and all questions about evaluation!

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Implications of Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity Educators


July 8 Online

This workshop is specifically designed for community college faculty who want to integrate AI and AI technologies into their existing network security and information technology programs. As modern organizations increasingly grapple with AI and cybersecurity threats, this workshop provides an essential understanding of how AI is revolutionizing the field of cybersecurity. Participants will delve into a comprehensive exploration of the current state of Artificial Intelligence and its expanding role in cybersecurity engagements, offering insights into the latest advancements and challenges in the domain.

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Whatcom Community College Gencyber Camp

Student Event

July 8 Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Community College is excited to announce their upcoming GenCyber camp at Whatcom Community College on July 8-12 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm. This camp is designed for middle school and high school students who have an interest in technology and protecting information. 

Join a day of fun and learning to explore the world of cybersecurity. During the camp, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will explore a wide range of topics related to cybersecurity. You'll learn about different types of cyber threats, how to identify them, and how to prevent them from happening. The camp will also cover topics such as password security, online privacy, and safe browsing practices.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and have fun with like-minded peers!

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Weld-Ed Summer Training - Fundamentals of GMAW Waveforms, Visual Inspection, and Ultrasonic Testing


July 9 Williamsport, PA

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from July 9-11 for a 3-Day Summer Session on the Fundamentals of GMAW waveforms, visual inspection, and ultrasonic testing at Penn College!

What's included:

  1. Training materials: Participants will receive a complete set of training materials for classroom use.
  2. Food: Lunch will be provided at the training site each day.
  3. Hotel: Lodging will be provided for non-local attendees or as needed.
  4. Professional Development Hours

$49.00 – Affiliate Price

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Weld-Ed Summer Training - Fundamentals of Welding Metallurgy - Aluminum & Welding Robotics - Cobots


July 9 Ogden, UT

Join Weld-Ed for a Summer Workshop from July 9-11 for a 3-Day Summer Session on the Fundamentals of Welding Metallurgy - Aluminum & Welding Robotics - Cobots at Weber State University!

What's included:

  1. Training materials: Participants will receive a complete set of training materials for classroom use.
  2. Food: Lunch will be provided at the training site each day.
  3. Hotel: Lodging will be provided for non-local attendees or as needed.
  4. Professional Development Hours

$49.00 – Affiliate Price

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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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This website provides information about the Employability Skills Framework that “was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in CTE and Adult Education project, an initiative of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.” The Framework is a “resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.” The website defines employability skills, provides resources for planning an employability skills assessment, and includes a lesson planning checklist.  

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Screenshot for Bridgerland’s Machining Troubleshooting Guidebook

This 25-page guidebook provided by Utah College of Applied Technology features a troubleshooting flowchart and nine troubleshooting guides designed to assist novice machinists in developing their troubleshooting skills. The material draws from the experience of expert machinists at Bridgerland Technical College and provides solutions to entry-level machining problems. The guidebook contains troubleshooting guides for the following manual operations, computer numerical control (CNC) operations, and CNC programs:

  • Manual Lathe
  • Manual Mill
  • Mill 2D
  • Lathe Toolpath
  • 2D Toolpath
  • 3D Geomatry/Solid
  • 3D Toolpath
  • CNC Lathe
  • CNC Mill.

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Screenshot for Introduction to Vacuum Technology: E-Book

This 199-page textbook, provided Erie Community College, provides an introduction to vacuum technology and science, featuring topics curated to the needs of technicians in a production environment. Written by three professors/experts in vacuum technology, the textbook covers a wide range of concepts including gas load, pumping mechanisms, creating a vacuum, gas diffusion and permeation, rough vacuum systems, piping and valves, and more. Each chapter in the textbook includes a variety of sub-units and ends with a series of questions and a separate multiple-choice online quiz linked through the textbook. The chapters are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Vacuum: An Enabling Technology,
  • Chapter 2: The Behavior of Gases,
  • Chapter 3: An Introduction to Vacuum Systems,
  • Chapter 4: Rough Vacuum Regime.

Related student lab manual with instructor guide, along with videos and labs are available to view separately.

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Program Description

InnovATEBIO offers a number of Course-in-a-Box resources intended for instructors to adapt and introduce into new courses. These collections of resources have been compiled and contributed by instructors of InnovATEBIO programs. Resources can include course descriptions, student outcomes, schedules, reading assignments, laboratory exercise, lecture materials, homework, classroom activities, exams, and videos.

Course Description

Chromatography Techniques "introduces the basic concepts involved in the separation of molecules. The purpose of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the basic underlying physico-chemical principles of the chromatographic process. It covers the principles governing chromatographic separation methods, applications of chromatographic methods used in biological and analytical labs, and techniques of chromatography. Students complete lab work using a variety of methods including: thin layer, gel permeation, ion exchange,...

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Screenshot for Invasive Species Activity

This activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) explores invasive species. The activity asks students to look into one invasive species and record details about their native habitat, diet, how and why the species was introduced, and more. Students then create an informational flyer about the organism using Microsoft Publisher. 

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New Opportunity: CASCADE Apprenticeship Program

The CASCADE (Commons-Accelerated Silicon Crossroads Apprenticeships for Demands in Engineering) Apprenticeship Program is a groundbreaking initiative developed by the Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub (SCMC), Purdue University, and Synopsys. This collaborative effort aims to propel the future of microelectronics in the United States by cultivating a highly skilled workforce for this essential industry.

The CASCADE Apprenticeship Program blends academic and hands-on experiences. Students begin with a year at Purdue University, gaining a solid theoretical foundation in semiconductor design. The program continues with practical work experience alongside industry leaders like Synopsys, equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the semiconductor industry.

The Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub fosters innovation and workforce development, supporting the CASCADE program to achieve excellence in domestic microelectronics. Purdue University, known for its strong engineering programs, provides the academic foundation for CASCADE students, even those who may not be pursuing a traditional 4-year degree. Synopsys, a leader in semiconductor design...

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Apprentices learn how to plaster at a trade school in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

New Research: Is College Worth It?

A recent Pew Research Center report reveals that economic outcomes for young adults without a four-year college degree have been improving over the past decade, with increased earnings and reduced poverty rates. Despite these gains, the income gap between those with and without a college degree remains unchanged as young college graduates have also seen improvements in their economic situations. Public opinion on the value of a college degree is mixed, with only 22% of U.S. adults believing that the cost of college is worth it if loans are necessary. Many Americans question the necessity of a college degree for securing a well-paying job, with 40% asserting that it is not very important.

The report highlights that the labor force participation and full-time employment rates for young men and women without a college degree have stabilized or increased after decades of decline. For young men, earnings have risen since 2014, though they remain below early 1970s levels, and poverty rates have significantly decreased. Similarly, young women without a degree have seen their earnings increase and poverty rates fall over the past decade. However, four-year college graduates continue to...

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Dear Colleague Letter: S-STEM Scholarships for Students

The National Science Foundation's Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) invites current ATE program recipients to submit requests for supplemental funding to support scholarships for students eligible under the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM). This initiative aims to address the ongoing high attrition rates among STEM undergraduates in the U.S. by providing financial assistance to academically talented, low-income students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Supplemental funding requests should focus exclusively on student scholarships and must meet S-STEM eligibility criteria, including U.S. citizenship, enrollment in a STEM program, academic potential, low-income status, and demonstrated financial need.

Detailed instructions for preparing these requests are provided on the NSF website, including requirements for institutional context, potential scholars' demographics, retention and graduation rates, scholarship amount determination, and existing support structures. Funding will not exceed 20% of the original ATE award and must be submitted with prior NSF approval.

For further guidance and to initiate the submission process,...

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Upcoming Deadline: Metallica Scholars Initiative

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is partnering with Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation for the Metallica Scholars Initiative, an effort to promote career and technical education as a pathway to well-paying jobs. This initiative supports community college students by providing relevant job skill training and connecting them to opportunities that meet employer needs. The collaboration leverages Metallica's influence to elevate the importance and dignity of technical education. 

AACC is now accepting proposals from up to 18 member colleges for Cohort 6, starting on July 1, 2024. The Request for Proposals opened on May 15 and closes on June 7, with announcements the week of June 24.

Since its inception in 2019, the Metallica Scholars Initiative has expanded to 42 colleges across 33 states, supporting student accessibility through scholarships and essential resources. For updates, follow AACC and All Within My Hands on their respective platforms.

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