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.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)


May 20 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 other non-faculty.

The Ethical Hacking workshop is an in-depth and comprehensive course that delves into the common tactics employed by hackers to breach systems. From SQL injection and spear phishing to buffer overflows, this workshop equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to defend against these attacks. By immersing you in the hacker mindset, you will gain a better understanding of how to anticipate and protect against potential threats.

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How to Produce a Livestreaming Event (that is Accessible, Green, and Open Source)


May 21 Online

This webinar will introduce accessibility techniques and approaches to help livestream event producers plan and design their virtual, hybrid, or in-person events that get broadcasted. 

This webinar will look at examples of different types of livestreams, basic equipment and software that's needed, and how to manage human-written live captions and sign language interpretation.  

In addition to accessibility, this webinar will touch on low-carbon producing as well as using commons-based, open-source software for livestreaming.

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BioMADE Mentorship Program Information Session


May 22 Online

Attend this webinar to learn about volunteer opportunities with BioMADE’s new mentorship program. The program welcomes volunteers from both BioMADE member and non-member organizations. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues who may be interested. The goal of the mentorship program is to inspire and provide guidance to community college and university students interested in learning about bioindustrial manufacturing careers and help build a diverse future workforce. The program is seeking mentors and/or volunteers in northern California for career development activities for three cohorts of students in the 2024/2025 academic year. Attend this webinar to learn how you can get involved. 

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Webinar: NSF ATE Proposal Budget and Budget Justification


May 22 Online

This webinar covers all aspects of the budget and budget justification for NSF ATE proposals. Topics include: how to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant, what to include in your budget category, how to align the budget and project description, how to prepare a budget justification, and how to avoid common errors. Upon completion you will know how to build a budget and budget justification for a competitive grant proposal for NSF ATE.

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NISOD 2024 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence


May 25 Austin, TX

NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Over the years, NISOD’s annual conference has provided faculty, administrators, and staff with the resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence in all areas of community and technical college campuses.

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2024 IEEE 74th Electronic Components and Technology Conference


May 28 Aurora, CO

The Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) is the premier international event that brings together the best in packaging, components and microelectronic systems science, technology and education in an environment of cooperation and technical exchange. ECTC is sponsored by the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society.

The technical program contains papers covering leading edge developments and technical innovations across the packaging spectrum. Topics include advanced packaging, modeling and simulation, Photonics, interconnections, materials and processing, applied reliability, assembly and manufacturing technology, components and RF, and emerging technologies.

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Summer of Nanopore Sequencing 2024 - Arecibo C3 STEM Center


May 29 Arecibo, PR

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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NICE Conference


June 3 Dallas, TX

This year’s conference theme “Strengthening Ecosystems: Aligning Stakeholders to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap” highlights the collective effort to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape. By joining forces with key partners, we can foster a more robust cybersecurity ecosystem to bridge the workforce gap.

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BIO International Convention


June 3 San Diego, CA

BIO 2024 is heading back West to San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center. This conference features innovative programming around the current and future state of biotech. Including areas like therapeutic frontiers, the business of biotech, regulatory and policy outlooks, and human capital.

Also, take part in BIO One-on-One Partnering to find potential business partners and request meetings through our easy-to-use online system. You can expect to find senior biotech executives, business development leaders, and investors from premier firms participating.

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GRRATE Summer Institute - Archer

Student Event

June 3 Archer, 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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2024 PTI Conference


June 4 Portland, ME

The 2024 Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI) Collaborative on Postsecondary Education and Disability Conference will be taking place from June 4th – 7th in Portland, Maine. The objective of the Training Institute is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select sessions about a wide range of cutting-edge topics in variety of formats, including 3-day strands, single sessions, poster presentations and pre-institute sessions. All formats provide participants with in-depth information and adequate time for questions and follow-up activities. 

Participants also have opportunities to share information and network with each other at various activities throughout the week.

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University of Minnesota: Micro and Nanotechnology Health & Safety Workshop 2024


June 4 Minneapolis, MN

This summer MNT-EC is offering a three-day workshop in partnership with the University of Minnesota – Environmental Health Sciences Division. Topics currently planned for each day.

  1. Occupational Hygiene Principles Applied to MNT
  2. Measurement of Airborne and Colloidal MNT Particles
  3. Preventing Exposures to MNT Particles
  4. Practical Applications of MNT Health and Safety Principles

Offered by the University’s Environmental Health Sciences Division and its Nano Center, the MNT Health and Safety workshop will cover safety practices in the instructional laboratory, including understanding micro/nanoparticle properties, selecting and using personal protective equipment, and safely carrying out chemical syntheses of nanomaterials.

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Water, Water Everywhere - Nanotechnology Applications (Zoom Workshop)


June 4 Online

The exponential increase in nanotechnology research and equipment had led to a new level of understanding of the world around us. That understanding is resulting in new applications and products.

These include glaucoma detection based on the structure in a butterfly's wing, shark skin structures applied to airplane wings that reduces air friction and increases fuel efficiency and small stations that pull water out of desert air. The research and multiple applications rely on macro level traditional science concepts as well as phenomena that only occurs at the nanoscale. This workshop will investigate several examples of nature's applications of nanoscale phenomena and how researchers are applying that knowledge to new products and applications. Education content applicable for integration into traditional science courses will be presented.

Presenter: Deb Newberry

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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 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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Screenshot for Trends in Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials in Manufacturing Programs of Study

This 9-page brief, provided by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, explores the Technician Graduates Data Tool by examining how the number of sub-baccalaureate credentials in manufacturing fields has changed over time, and whether these trends vary by region. Data collection methods, findings, notable patterns in the findings, and limitations are highlighted. The brief describes trends from 1995 to 2019 and provides figures to visualize trends in industrial production, heavy and industrial equipment maintenance, and precision metalwork. Geographic regions include the western United States, the Midwest, southern states, and the northeast. 

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Screenshot for Interactive Movie: Franklin Biologics

This interactive movie "is an educational tool designed to teach individuals about working in a regulated biomanufacturing environment. It is a story about a fictional biopharmaceutical company, Franklin Biologics, and an imaginary drug, Squabanin. Franklin is a mid-sized contract bioprocessing firm, which means that other companies hire Franklin to manufacture their drugs." Students can use this resource to role play as an upstream technician, upstream supervisor, or QC analyst in the fictional biomanufacturing environment. Students will follow the character through a work routine and make decisions. A participant facilitator guide, Bio-Link webinar, and annotated script are provided for educators. 

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Screenshot for The 5 Stages of the Working Relationship: Frameworks & Tools

This web page, published by the CCSF-UCSF: A Collaborative Approach to Work-Based Learning project, highlights strategies for building inclusive labs in higher education. The web page focuses on frameworks and tools for developing professional relationships in labs. The following five stages of a working relationship are explored: identifying goals and values, positioning and connecting, establishing your working relationship, workplace navigation, and ending your professional relationship. Each stage includes information on mentee-trainee and mentor-manager relationships. Lists of benchmarks for each professional relationship, links to tools and resources, and directions for navigating the frameworks are provided. 

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Screenshot for Farm to Flight: Are Sustainable Aviation Fuels Good for the Environment?

The Bioenergy Research and Education Bridge Program (BRIDGES) creates case study curriculum. BRIDGES is "focused on topical, authentic case study scenarios in the bioenergy field." The cases studies explore "... solutions for a more secure energy future using bioenergy technologies while addressing cultural responsiveness and issues surrounding diversity."

This case study, from the U.S. Department of Energy, is aimed at introducing students to sustainable aviation fuels. During the activity, "students will assume the role of a sustainability specialist in the cutting-edge biofuel industry to compare the use of sustainable and petroleum-based jet fuels, including their greenhouse gas emissions." Students will learn about bioenergy, environmental impact, life cycle analysis, computational models, and more. 

A .zip file includes all case study materials, such as a fact sheet, instructor guide, and supplemental materials. Users may download the materials for one or all four case studies.

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NSF Celebrates 74 Years of Innovation

On May 10, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) proudly commemorates its 74th anniversary, celebrating over seven decades of groundbreaking advancements in science and technology.

Since its establishment in 1950, NSF has been a beacon of support for visionary ideas and transformative innovations spanning the spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines.

Next year, May 10, 2025, NSF will celebrate 75 years of innovation and discovery. In honor of this momentous occasion, a year-long series of events and activities will unfold across the nation, spotlighting the profound impact of NSF-funded research on society and the economy. From new insights into the natural world to fostering technological breakthroughs that shape lives, NSF's contributions have been integral to driving progress and enhancing understandings of the world.

Stay tuned for on the NSF website for updates and invitations to participate in the festivities for 75 years of scientific excellence.

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High School CS Classes Lead to More Degrees

A recent study conducted in Maryland demonstrates the significant impact of high-quality computer science courses in high schools on students' career trajectories and diversity within the field.

Led by Jing Liu, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, the study found that students who took such courses were 10 percentage points more likely to major in computer science in college and 5 percentage points more likely to complete a CS degree program. Particularly noteworthy was the positive effect on underrepresented groups, including females, Black students, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, indicating progress in addressing disparities in the tech industry. Despite these advancements, challenges remain in broadening participation and ensuring teacher qualifications.

While 57% of U.S. high schools offer introductory computer science courses, efforts like Maryland's statewide requirement for high schools to offer high-quality computer science courses highlight the need for broader participation and improved teacher training. Additionally, addressing the shortage of qualified teachers remains a significant hurdle, requiring strategies to motivate and...

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Upcoming Event: NICE Conference & Expo

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is proud to announce the upcoming NICE Conference & Expo: Strengthening Ecosystems, scheduled from June 3rd to June 5th, 2024, at the Sheraton Dallas. This three-day event will serve as a platform for cybersecurity stakeholders to converge, collaborate, and address the pressing need to bridge the cybersecurity workforce gap.

With the theme "Strengthening Ecosystems: Aligning Stakeholders to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap," the conference underscores the collective endeavor required to fortify the cybersecurity landscape. By uniting with key partners, participants will delve into strategies and initiatives aimed at fostering a more resilient cybersecurity ecosystem.

Supported by NICE, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, this conference represents a significant opportunity for professionals, educators, policymakers, and industry leaders to exchange insights, best practices, and innovative approaches in cybersecurity workforce development.

Registration is now open, with regular registration available until May 14, 2024, or until capacity is...

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Deadline: ATE Future Leaders Fellows

Don't miss out on the Request for Applications for AACC's brand-new ATE Future Leaders Fellows program. AACC is calling for applications from professionals at two-year colleges who are members, aiming to boost their leadership abilities and contribute to a nationwide effort in STEM technician education and capacity building.

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, this innovative initiative offers ATE community college professionals the chance to join the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute (FLI) or Future Presidents Institute (FPI). They will also act as program ambassadors, promoting awareness of the STEM technician education field and showcasing the opportunities and resources provided by NSF ATE funding.

The ATE Future Leaders Fellows program is committed to cultivating community college leaders equipped with the skills to foster relationships with businesses and industries, enhance STEM capacity, and promote a culture of innovation on campus, preparing students for the evolving world of work.

To learn more, visit The deadline to apply is April 30, 2024.

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