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.

Underwater Intervention Conference


November 29 New Orleans, LA

Underwater Intervention attracts a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts, to share ideas, debate the issues of the moment and to create common agendas for the future of the industry. Underwater Intervention features some of the world’s leading figures within the upstream oil and gas industry coupled with technical sessions covering the most current challenges and up-to-date strategies and technologies.

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Experience Northland Aerospace - Middle/High School Pre-Registered Open House

Student Event

November 30 Thief River Falls, MN

Northland Community and Technical College along with the National Center for Autonomous Technologies will be hosting a pre-register open house event for student in grades 7-12. Schools can pre-register students for hands-on classes that teach them about aviation, drones, electronics, STEM & much more. Students will be able to take part in 3-4 classes that run about 45 minutes long and lunch will be provided.

NEW THIS YEAR! There will be some local & regional Industry partners joining for a mini career fair. Students will be able to visit with employers in these fields & learn about skills, education, wages, locations, & much more.

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Strengthening STEM Education at Minority Serving Institutions through NSF ATE Funding


December 1 Online

Join this Webcast/Podcast from the Community College Presidents Initiative - STEM to learn more about Strengthening STEM Education at Minority Serving Institutions through NSF ATE Funding.

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Utilizing an Interview to Determine a “Good Fit”


December 1 Online

Go beyond focusing solely on presenting yourself as the optimal candidate and utilize the interview to determine if an internship/job opportunity is a “Good Fit” for you! In this workshop you’ll gain strategies to clarify your career and educational goals and frame questions to obtain accurate information to assess if a workplace will support those goals, while also learning to recognize potential misalignments. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Define what a ‘bad fit' or 'toxic work environment’ is 
  • Outline and clarify your own goals before the interview 
  • Use questions during an interview to determine whether a workplace is in alignment with your goals and values 
  • Articulate strategies and practice language to frame questions 
  • Describe examples of verbal and non-verbal red flags indicating the opportunity may not be a “Good Fit” 
  • Describe factors that can make it difficult to recognize and weigh the potential impact of red flags during and after an interview 

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NICE K-12 Conference


December 4 Phoenix, AZ

In its ninth year, the NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference has gathered the most dynamic and innovative cybersecurity education leaders and professionals from across the US for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration to promote the discovery of cybersecurity careers and multiple pathways, identify methods to transform learning, and much more. 

NICE K12 is known to cybersecurity-related educators and educational stakeholders as the best place to engage with the thought leaders and pioneers leading the charge in classrooms, schools, districts, and regional and statewide cybersecurity education programs. NICE K12 is the national hub for providing resources in innovative teaching and learning for K12 educators to inspire their students to be the future cybersecurity workforce.

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EvaluATE Webinar: Practical Strategies to Interpret Evaluation Findings


December 6 Online

In a world driven by data, the power of evaluation comes from our ability to weave data points into a story that meaningfully answers our project’s questions. The interpretation of evaluation findings is a crucial step in the evaluation process that turns analyzed data into useful evaluative conclusions. The process of interpretations extracts valuable insights that can help project staff understand project impact and make informed decisions.  In this webinar, presenters will focus on practical strategies to interpret evaluation findings that inform meaningful project improvements and assess overall effectiveness. These strategies include comparative analysis against historical or baseline data, benchmarking against national datasets, and participatory sense-making sessions. This webinar is for project leaders and staff who are looking to make the most out of their project evaluations and evaluators who are looking to increase the transparency and utility of their evaluation conclusions.

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Assistive Technology for Writing


December 6 Online

This workshop will look at assistive technology to help with a range of writing skill levels. We'll see apps to help with different stages from drafting to revising along with learning the basics and various digital and voice options.

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The Skills and Competencies Needed to Transform Higher Education for the Future of Work and Learning


December 7 ,

It is estimated that 85 percent of all jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented. Couple this with a recent survey that states nearly 50 percent of millennials do not believe college is worth it. For those who do enroll, nearly half drop out within their first year of studies and only 10 to 12 percent of students of color will persist to graduation. At the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, how can community college leaders redesign their services to help students find their personalized pathway, create a sense of belonging, and build equitable bridges to social and economic mobility? Participants learn new transformative strategies they might consider for their own institution based upon work conducted at Tallahassee Community College through the Culture of CARE initiative.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Identify the core tenets of the advent of the fourth industrial revolution as it relates to education's equity imperative, the future of work, and the future of learning.
  • Explore trends happening in higher education post-pandemic and evaluate the role of community colleges within this arena.
  • Identify strategies to take back to their campus.

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How to Teach Community College Students the Soft Skills Demanded by Employers


December 8 Online

How often have you heard from employers that they are looking to hire graduates with the book knowledge and essential soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace? Many employers believe soft skills are just as important, if not more so, than hard skills. As an educator, how can you teach soft skills to college students? During this workshop, participants learn about the necessary soft skills most employers desire. Participants leave with a set of strategies they can use to help their students develop soft skills that are critical for future success.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Describe employability skills.
  • Know the difference between soft and hard skills.
  • Summarize common skills desired by employers.
  • Describe ways to help students improve their soft skills.

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Defense Manufacturing Conference 2023


December 11 Nashville, TN

DMC is the nation’s annual forum for enhancing and leveraging the efforts of engineers, managers, technology leaders, scientists, and policy makers across the defense manufacturing industrial base. Leaders and manufacturing subject matter experts from government, industry, and academia exchange information and perspectives on defense manufacturing policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest manufacturing innovations that will benefit our warfighters.

Attendees range from CEO- and Flag Officer/SES-level to working-level manufacturing-oriented engineers, scientists, and business practice/policy makers and include technology implementers, system designers and representatives of the warfighters. Typical attendance is over 1,000 primarily government and industry participant with a smaller complement from academia.

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WASTC ICT Educators Winter Conference


January 4 San Jose, CA

The ICT Educators' Conference is back in person at the Cisco Campus in San Jose. This year's theme, "It's The Human Network," celebrates the incredible power of personal connections, collaboration, and the shared passion for all things ICT.

What to Expect:

  • Engaging Sessions: Hear from industry experts, business partners, and your peers. Learn about the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in the world of ICT education.
  • Inspiring Speakers: Hear from thought leaders who are shaping the future of technology education. Gain insights, perspectives, and strategies that will empower your teaching journey.
  • Networking Galore: Connect with fellow educators, enthusiasts, and professionals who share your passion for ICT. Build lasting relationships, exchange ideas, and expand your network.
  • Tour Cisco San Jose: Immerse yourself in the innovative atmosphere of Cisco a hub of technological advancement and inspiration in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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FCPN 2024 Symposium


January 10 Jensen Beach, FL

The Florida Career Pathways Network is a membership organization for educators, employers, and workforce development partners involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, Career & Technical Education, and other related education reform initiatives. Join other Career Pathways and CTE Florida leaders and practitioners for a variety of workshops, professional dialogues, and a student showcase from around the state. More importantly learn from this year's selected Best Practice Award winners as they highlight all of the great innovation and achievements within their programs.

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AACC Workforce Development Institute


January 23 New Orleans, LA

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will present their annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI). WDI 2024 is the premier annual convening for new and seasoned community college-based workforce and economic development professionals. WDI 2024 will be held January 23-26, 2024.

The program will feature an array of perspectives highlighting innovative strategies and promising practices to support your workforce and economic development efforts.

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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 Additive Manufacturing of Magnetic Materials

This 17-page module, from Tennessee Technological University, "introduces students to the additive (AM) methods used in fabricating magnetic materials." This module briefly covers "magnetic properties, types of magnetic materials, AM technologies used to produced these magnets, and application areas." After completing the module, students will gain understanding of the working principles of AM manufacturing methods and be able to:

  • define the types of materials used in AM,
  • provide fundamental knowledge on magnetic properties,
  • describe AM processing techniques, and
  • understand how AM-made magnets are used in real applications and the advantages and disadvantages of AM methods.

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Screenshot for Particulate Matter: What's In The Air Activity

This 2-page learning activity, from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), focuses on particulate matter in the air humans breathe. The activity is intended to help environmental science, chemistry, or biology students connect real-world problems with math, science, technical, and critical thinking skills. Concept/skill learned (i.e. from K/S Tables) include the following:

  • To trap and observe the appearance of particles of solid matter in our air.
  • Read and follow lab procedures, complete data forms.

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This 79-page document from the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE) highlights the work done by two National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CD), including Whatcom Community College and Jackson State Community College. The cybersecurity workforce and its needs, case studies of both programs, economic analysis components, local economic impacts, and other impacts are explored. CAE designations and degrees, student demographics, faculty and staff wages, conferences and training, and other areas are covered.

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Collection Description

The STEM Career Awareness Curriculum, developed by DeafTEC at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), provides 6th through 12th grade educators with an accessibility-minded curriculum for STEM topics to help deaf and hard of hearing students explore STEM careers and the requirements of college. The curriculum hopes to achieve the following goals:

  • To start the development of a STEM based curriculum designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students. 
  • To increase educators' abilities to teach introductory STEM concepts to deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • To support the development of schools and out of school time programs in the United States that include STEM-related instruction to deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • To give deaf and hard of hearing students the tools they need to transition from high school to college and into a career in the STEM fields.

The curriculum's instructional approach aligns with the common core and is inquiry...

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Screenshot for Electrical Engineering Technology Smart Manufacturing Option

This program overview, published by Marion Technical College, describes an Associates of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Smart Manufacturing. A brief description of the program, length of program, and the program contact are provided. The 2021-2022 curriculum is also highlighted, which includes courses on cyber security, digital electronics, and more.

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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Active ATE Centers 26
Active ATE Projects 319
ATE Resources 6,561
New Projects/Centers 50
New Resources 111

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Upcoming Event: NSF Virtual Grants Conference

Save the date for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) upcoming Fall 2023 Virtual Grants Conference, scheduled for December 4 to December 7, 2023. Tailored for researchers, faculty members, and administrators, this virtual event promises a comprehensive exploration of NSF's latest programs and initiatives.

The conference agenda encompasses critical subjects such as proposal preparation, the NSF merit review process, directorate sessions, award management, conflict of interest policies, and updates to the NSF system. Regardless of professional experience, attendees can anticipate invaluable insights into current issues, policies, and procedures relevant to NSF grants.

Registration is currently open, offering participants access to a detailed overview of NSF's funding opportunities. The conference aims to equip attendees with the knowledge required to adeptly navigate the complexities of NSF grants, making it an indispensable experience for both seasoned professionals and newcomers.

For further details and registration, visit the NSF Virtual Grants Conference website.

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U.S. Department of Education Unveils Transfer Student Data

In a move towards addressing challenges in the higher education transfer process, the U.S. Department of Education has released data spotlighting top-performing community colleges and universities facilitating seamless transitions for students. The announcement was made at a summit on transfer policy improvement held at Northern Virginia Community College, attended by leaders in higher education and government officials from 11 states.

Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education, emphasized the disproportionate impact of credit transfer issues on students of color, who predominantly attend community colleges. He underscored the urgency of streamlining the transfer process, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against using race in admissions. Cardona stated, "No one will solve this challenge in isolation. We need leaders across higher education to collaborate intentionally."

The newly released data draws on an eight-year analysis of approximately 620,000 students who received federal financial aid and enrolled in a community college in 2014. Utilizing information from the National Student Loan Data System, the assessment evaluates the performance of institutions nationwide...

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ACS Announces PrepareCTP Seed Grant

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has unveiled its PrepareCTP Seed Grant program, aimed at bolstering partnership building at community colleges and similar two-year degree-granting institutions. The grant focuses on preparing skilled technical workers (STW) in the chemical enterprise, referred to as chemical technical professionals (CTPs). With awards of up to $20,000, the grant program supports activities such as student stipends/scholarships, faculty workload release, instrumentation purchases, and other initiatives conducive to the preparation and recruitment of chemical technical professionals. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2023.

This initiative aligns with ACS's Strategic Initiative for Fostering a Skilled Technical Workforce, emphasizing the recruitment and engagement of a diverse group of students and potential employees in the chemical industry. Community colleges will receive financial support for training chemical technical professionals through activities including stipends, internships, equipment purchases, and partnership building with local businesses. The program seeks to assist students and faculty within programs that prepare chemical...

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Community College Enrollment Grows

Colleges and universities are experiencing a surge in overall undergraduate enrollment this semester, marking the first increase since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted higher education. However, this growth is not uniform, as the number of incoming freshmen has declined by 3.6 percent, reversing gains seen in the previous year. The rise in undergraduate enrollment is primarily driven by Black, Hispanic, and Asian students, with historically Black colleges and universities witnessing a remarkable 6.1 percent increase.

Notably, community colleges account for nearly 60 percent of the growth in undergraduate enrollment, mainly due to dual-enrollment programs allowing high school students to take college classes. This shift is seen as positive news for community colleges and for returning students who may have faced challenges during the pandemic. Graduate enrollment has also seen a slight increase, particularly in graduate certificate programs, while students increasingly favor shorter-term credentials over traditional degrees.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's data, which captures information through September 28, offers an encouraging outlook for higher education...

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