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.

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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GeoTech Center Drone Educators Conference


March 14 Saratoga, CA

This conference is designed for educators at all levels, but others are welcomed to register for the event.

Day 1 - March 14th

  • Keynote Speaker: Nicole Bonk-Skydio Director of Flight Testing
  • Morning Presentations: ESRI-Skydio
  • Afternoon Workshops include: Drone2Map, Pix-4D Cloud, Drone Deploy, Flight Demos, and Flight Experience

Day 2 - March 15th

  • Keynote Speaker: TBD
  • Presentations and Workshops include: Emergency Response (Fire and Police), Utilities- (TBD), Transportation- (TBD), Agriculture- (TBD), and Drone Delivery (TBD)

Corporate Participants:

  • Esri Drone2Map Team
  • Skydio Team

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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 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 Introduction to the Professional Development Formative Assessment System (PD-FAS)

This 7-page resource, from Edmonds Community College, provides information about the Professional Development Formative Assessment System (PD-FAS). PD-FAS was created by the Formative Assessment for Advanced Technician Education 2 (FAS4ATE2) project. This project created this assessment system to address two concerns: "how best to design formative assessment for [Advanced Technological Education] ATE PD and to discover what design factors allow for more effective reporting of student-level outcomes."

This document includes a glossary, introduction, the principles, definitions of assessment and evaluation, assumptions, background information, and more. The PD-FAS principles include:

  • Only learners (e.g., PD participants, students) can learn.
  • Instructors at any level facilitate the process of learning and can learn how to better facilitate learning.
  • To facilitate learning, both learners and instructors need to understand, in detail, the learners' thinking and progress.
  • When...

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Screenshot for PLCs and HMIs

Course Description:

This 2-credit course explores the basics of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and human machine interfaces (HMI), as well as how to replace and download a program to get a machine up and running. Through the course, students also learn how to perform minor programming changes and how to communicate with PLCs and HMIs from a computer.

The following are an example of competencies assessed in the course:

  • Explain architecture of a PLC.
  • Associate I/O addresses to field devices.
  • Explore binary and hexadecimal number systems.
  • Explore networking standards.

Course Contents:

Course materials are housed within a Canvas .imscc file. Materials include a syllabus, presentation slides, and lab documents. The syllabus includes a brief description about the course, information about grading, course policies, and a course schedule.

For orientation purposes 620-311-3E1A PLC's and HMI's.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material...

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Screenshot for Natural Resource Technician DACUM

This document, from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, provides a job description and task analysis listing/chart for a Natural Resource Technician position. This position conducts inventories, implements plans, evaluates land potential, and manages for multiple use to meet natural resource management objectives. Competence areas are highlighted, including conducting land potential assessment activities, protecting natural resources from fire, and more.

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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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Upcoming Webinar: Next Generation Electric Vehicle Curriculum

Join Clemson University Center for Workforce Development and Trident Technical College on March 13 at 2 pm for a webinar that explores the future of automotive education with their Electric Vehicle Maintenance and Manufacturing Curriculum, set to come out in Fall 2024.

Experience their new online learning platform, crafted with the collaboration of instructional designers and technology architects. Enriched with video lectures, online assessments, and immersive digital twin simulations, the courses adhere to universal design for learning (UDL) principles, ensuring inclusivity for all learners.

Hear from the minds behind the innovation - industry experts, instructional designers, and technology architects who have worked on the curriculum. Gain valuable insights and inspiration for bringing electric vehicle education to life in your classroom.

Find more information and register on the Zoom webinar link

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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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