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.

BIOTECH Pathways: Teaching Academy


March 2 Bel Air, MD

BIOTECH Pathways is holding it's annual Teaching Academy with three half-day workshops taking place on March 2nd, April 6th, and May 4th! Participants may attend one, two, or all three workshops. RSVP by: FEB 21 for all events

Are you a high school life science educator interested in integrating biotechnology content and laboratory skills that align with curriculum standards? Then the BIOTECH Pathways Teaching Academy is the professional development series is for you! 

These half-day workshops are held at Harford Community College and include laboratory activities and discussion about implementation strategies that best fit participants’ classes. Participants will receive a $200 stipend for each half-day workshop they attend. 

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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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BIOTECH Pathways: Workshops


March 4 ,

Designed for high school students and families, these workshops are held throughout the year and provide those interested in biotech an opportunity to explore the career path. The 2024 workshops will be taking place at multiple high schools in Maryland! 

MAR 4  |  6—7:30 PM  |  Havre de Grace High School
MAR 6  |  6—7:30 PM  |  Joppatowne High School
MAR 7  |  6—7:30 PM  |  North Harford High School
MAR 11  |  6—7:30 PM  |  Aberdeen High School
MAR 13  |  6—7:30 PM  |  Edgewood High School 

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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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Next Generation Electric Vehicle Curriculum


March 13 Online

Join the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development and Trident Technical College as they discuss a new electric vehicle maintenance and manufacturing curriculum that can be used in technological education beginning in Fall 2024. The webinar will provide an overview of the curriculum and how to deploy it within the existing automotive and mechatronics courses. Participants will also learn about industry involvement as subject matter experts in this content and the future of EVs in the Southeast.

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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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Negotiating for What You Need


March 15 Online

A career conversation with your mentor-manager is essentially a negotiation. It's a time to discuss your career path, what types of support your mentor-manager is willing and able to offer, and the level of productivity they'll need to see to continue to support you.

Using best practices from Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Stone, Patton, Heen and Fisher), participants will go through the steps of preparing for a negotiation (including identifying conversational goals and concerns about the conversation, assessing their research mentor's position and preferences, etc.), brainstorm different conversational tactics for each stage of a negotiation (including opening the conversation, negotiating different issues, coming to agreement and ending a conversation) and consider steps post-conversation.

Workshop participants will come away with strategies to:

  • Identify the steps to prepare for a career conversation
  • Consider how your mentor-manager would prefer to have this conversation
  • Develop talking points to keep the conversation on track
  • Discuss how to open, have and exit the conversation
  • Identify strategies if a conversation becomes contentious
  • Describe next steps post-conversation(s)

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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 Employability Skills Framework

This website provides information about the Employability Skills Framework that “was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in CTE and Adult Education project, an initiative of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.” The Framework is a “resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.” The website defines employability skills, provides resources for planning an employability skills assessment, and includes a lesson planning checklist.  

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Screenshot for Middle School Engineering, Math, and Science Modules

This Georgia Tech webpage includes AMP-IT-UP middle school curriculum. AMP-IT-UP curriculum includes engineering, math, and science modules. Nine 1-week middle school modules are included that cover topics in geometry, statistics and algebra. All modules promote problem-based learning within mathematics.

Nine 1-week modules are included that promote 3-dimensional teaching and data-related practices, situated in earth, life, and physical science contexts. One module is also included that introduces the Engineering Design Process. This 2-3 week module that covers the concept of prototyping a product.  

Individual modules are available to view separately.

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Screenshot for Hazardous Materials Technical Coordinator DACUM

This resource, from Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, provides a job description and task analysis listing/chart for a Hazardous Materials Technical Coordinator position. This position manages hazardous materials and wastes in compliance with regulations to protect human health and the environment as well as to minimize an organization's risks. Competence areas are highlighted, including interpreting regulations, managing hazardous materials, and more.

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Screenshot for Local Academic and Economic Impacts of the CAE-CD Designation

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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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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