ATE Central

What is ATE?

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

ATE Centers and Projects

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Reimagining Innovation in STEM Education (RISE) Workshop Series


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As part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Convergence Accelerator (CA) program, IBM Researchers are hosting a series of workshops titled “Reimagining Innovation in STEM Education” (RISE). The workshops will bring together practitioners from various public and private institutions including institutions of secondary and higher education, industrial and academic research organizations, social justice organizations, government agencies, tech companies and startups, along with current college students to focus on a convergence approach in discussing and addressing four key areas: (1) support for advancement of underrepresented groups in STEM, (2) social and human good research foundations, (3) AI and technology supported education, and (4) data trust development. 

The workshops are designed to explore each topic and identify the actions needed to inform the next decade of STEM education and research efforts. Installments are scheduled for May 25, May 27, June 3, and June 8, 2021 from 1:00-4:30 pm ET.

New ATE Impacts Book: Project Nominations Wanted


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Work is beginning on the next ATE Impacts book, which will be published next February. The book features both ATE centers and select ATE projects, and we would appreciate your help in finding projects that have been doing particularly interesting and innovative work, to feature in the new book. (You can nominate your own project.)

You can see some of the projects that were included in the 2020-2021 edition here:

To nominate a project to be featured, please use the following form:

For those of you involved with an ATE center, please note that you will be hearing from our project coordinator Ray Perry soon, as we start collecting your information for the next edition.

Input from the community is key to making the book successful, and we look forward to your project nominations and participation as we put together the new publication. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help with this!

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Presentations


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During the pandemic, those of us in the ATE community find ourselves needing to give a lot of these presentations online, which adds its own set of technical challenges on top of those we already face when we present. Regardless of the content or platform, it’s important that our efforts be made accessible, in order to reach as many people as possible. This helpful tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and AccessATE offers guidance on creating accessible presentations.

This tip sheet covers accessibility in the process of crafting presentations, as well as delivering talks and best practices for accessibility following the event. To find additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility, read the AccessATE blog post on Creating Accessible Presentations.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions...

The National Center for Supply Chain Automation Annual Symposium


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The National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA) 4th Annual Virtual Symposium on April 28-29, 2021, offers a valuable, collaborative, online networking opportunity for supply chain automation educators and industry leaders.

As an educator of the next generation of the supply chain workforce, staying apprised of the latest technologies in supply chain automation (SCA) is critical to your role. From artificial intelligence to blockchain to mechatronics, SCA is a constantly changing field in which certifications, technical degree programs, and continuing education are necessary to keep up with the pace of technology. SCA’s virtual symposium is an excellent avenue to supply educators with opportunities for online interaction with peers and industry experts who are on the cutting edge of future advances.

Those interested in participating should register to attend.

NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference 2021


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NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence will be taking place virtually between April 28-30, 2021.

The event will feature keynote presentations from Dr. Martha Kanter, Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and leader of College Promise; Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher,  Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership and the Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The preliminary schedule can be found on the conference website. Those interested in participating in the conference should register to attend.

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.