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.

Establishing Yourself in a New Position


February 23 Online

To establish a successful working relationship with your mentor-manager, it's important to assess and understand key factors including their priorities, goals and workstyles as well as your own. In this interactive session, presents will discuss best practices using real-life examples and explore how good intentions without proactive communication strategies can lead to misunderstandings in the workplace. You will learn what to pay attention to from the start, tangible actions you should take, and how to measure the success of your working relationship with your mentor-manager in order to set yourself up for success.

Workshop participants will come away with strategies to:

  • Clarify and assess you and your mentor-manager’s goals, priorities, and values.
  • Assess your workstyle and that of your mentor-manager (and other colleagues)
  • Scope your situation: Utilize an investigative (proactive) approach to assess the 4 key factors in your workplace: the work, your boss, the team, and the organization

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CCPI-STEM Webcast: NSF ATE Labor and Economic Impact


February 23 Online

Join this webcast from CCPI-STEM to learn more about NSF ATE Labor and it's Economic Impact!

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Accessible Campus Events: Tools and Considerations


February 27 Online

From small performances to large commencement ceremonies, and all the guest lectures and hackathons in-between, higher education institutions strive to ensure events held on campus are accessible to anyone who wants to attend. However, coordinating among the multiple entities responsible for putting on events and determining who should be responsible for the various aspects can be challenging. This webinar will address multiple aspects of event access, including communication needs, physical spaces, digital mediums, and more. Focus will be placed on reducing the institution's reliance on the disability professionals to create access, and will provide actionable tools and processes for other campus entities to increase their comfort and ability to create events with meaningful access for all attendees, no matter their disabilities.

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NEVC Annual Meeting


February 28 Port St. Lucie, FL

The National Electric Vehicle Consortium (NEVC), funded by the National Science Foundation, promotes the interaction of a critical mass of academic, agency, and industry experts across all EV disciplines to help secure the nation's EV workforce pipeline. 

  1. Share best practices (curriculum, recruitment, certifications, resources and more) across all EV sectors.
  2. Discuss gaps and funding opportunities to address those gaps.
  3. Identify opportunities for tours, presentations, and partnerships.
  4. Support the development of an entry level attainable industry recognized certification across all EV sectors.

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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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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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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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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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Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference


March 14 Lincoln, NE

The 2024 Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference — Diamond Quantum Sensing: Challenges and Opportunities — will take place Thursday, March 14, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Lincoln. This all-day meeting includes invited speakers and poster sessions with student and post-doctoral researchers from Nebraska’ EQUATE project. The cost to attend this event is free, however pre-registration is required.

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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

This 12-page document was developed by the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) in conjunction with CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Development) to provide a detailed guide to implementing the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model. The BILT model involves creating a group whose membership consists of executives, hiring managers, and technicians from local businesses that hire graduates from technical programs. This allows college technical programs to have direct input into which knowledge, skills, and abilities graduates are gaining to help better prepare them for careers in their field. Topics covered in the document include: Background, Benefits of BILT, Essential Elements of a BILT, Preparing For Your First BILT Meeting, Reporting Back to the BILT, and more. 

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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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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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This 168-page report, developed after a 2022 cybersecurity education summit and published by the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE), "examines new, emerging workforce requirements and develops a renewed national strategy for community colleges to continue contributing to solutions for building the cybersecurity workforce pipeline." The following topics are presented in this report: 

  • Workforce Study: Community College Cybersecurity Alumni, Where Are They Now?
  • CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program
  • Community College Leadership Roles: The Impact of the NSA/DHS CAE Program on Community Colleges
  • CTE K-12 Pathways of Study in Cybersecurity: The Role of Community Colleges
  • National trends of Community Colleges Offering Bachelor's Degrees. What Are the Current and Future Impact on the National Cyber Workforce?
  • The Successes and Challenges Faced by Community Colleges in Addressing the Evolving Cybersecurity Work Roles
  • Challenges in Building Stronger...

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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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Active ATE Centers 23
Active ATE Projects 309
ATE Resources 6,479
New Projects/Centers 50
New Resources 85

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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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Community College Enrollment Updates

In fall 2023, undergraduate enrollment in the U.S. experienced a 1.2 percent increase, marking the first rise since the pandemic. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's latest report revealed a growth of approximately 176,000 students nationally.

Notably, community colleges thrived with a 2.6 percent enrollment boost, indicating a positive recovery from pandemic-related losses. Community colleges focusing on vocational programs saw a remarkable 16 percent surge. Associate degree program enrollments rose by 2.2 percent, surpassing the 0.7 percent increase in bachelor's degree program enrollments.

Despite these gains, overall enrollments remain below fall 2019 levels. Furthermore, two-year public colleges and for-profit institutions experienced continued employment declines, with community colleges witnessing a 4.35 percent reduction in staff from 2020 to 2022.

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