ATE Central

What is ATE?

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

Middle School Robotics Camp
Jul 6 Tampa, FL
Virtual Enterprise Faculty Development...
Jul 8 New York, NY
Technovisual: Age in the Art of Code
Jul 9 USA
SCUP's 50th Annual International...
Jul 11 Chicago, IL
2015 AACRAO Technology & Transfer...
Jul 12 Austin, TX
Multi-Axis Educators Workshop
Jul 13 Auburn, Maine
Summer Teachers' Dissemination Workshop
Jul 13 Farmington, CT
Summer Working Connections Texas
Jul 13 Frisco, TX
Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp
Jul 13 Tampa, FL
1st CReST Faculty Development Workshop
Jul 13 Arlington, VA
Jul 13 Bloomington, IN
Welding Course for Educators
Jul 13 Marysville, CA
Intermediate Winemaking at Home
Jul 13 Dobson, NC
Stem Girls Camp
Jul 14 Mankato, MN
Invention Ambassadors Program
Jul 14 USA
VESTA Napa Summer Workshop Series:...
Jul 15 St. Helena, CA
OpenStreetMap, Active Learning in the...
Jul 15
Proposal Writing Institute 2015
Jul 16 Minnetonka, MN
Science & Human Rights Coalition...
Jul 16 Washington, DC
2015 ACTE Summer Conference
Jul 17 Tucson, AZ
Workshop for Aspiring Chief Academic...
Jul 17 Milford, NE
ESRI Education GIS Conference
Jul 18 San Diego, CA
Robotics Summer Camp
Jul 19 Bemidji, MN
Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop
Jul 20 Cold Spring Harbor, NY
CSSIA 2015 Version of Security+
Jul 20
ESRI User Conference
Jul 20 San Diego, CA
STEM Guitar Building Workshop
Jul 20 Lynnwood, WA
NACAT Conference
Jul 20 Joliet, IL
Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp
Jul 20 Tampa, FL
National PETE Instructor Conference
Jul 21 Rochester, NY
NGTC Geospatial Technology Summer...
Jul 22 San Diego, CA
Trade and Industry Dean's Annual Summer...
Jul 23 Shell Lake, WI
2015 HITEC
Jul 27 Portland, Oregon
High School Engineering Technology Camp
Jul 27 Tampa, FL
FACTE Annual Conference
Jul 27 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Project Access Workshop
Jul 28 Round Rock, TX
AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer...
Jul 31 Bethesda, MD
Aug 3
Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop
Aug 3 Stony Brook, NY
CAR Management Briefing Seminars
Aug 3 Traverse City, MI

ATE Centers and Projects

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For Many Students, an Associates Degree Is Just the Beginning
Jun 25, 2015
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A recently released report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveals that, among students who earned their associate degrees and other certificates during the 2008-2009 school year, more than two-fifths went on to earn a bachelor’s degree within the next six years. 

The number was far higher for younger students. In fact, of those students who were age 20 or younger when they earned their associate degree, over 60 percent went on to earn a bachelor’s degree over the next years. That number fell to just over 40 percent for students between the ages of 21 and 24, and fell again (to just over 30 percent) for students over the age of 24. 

In addition, the report covers a number of other interesting data points, such as what percentage of students who completed a certificate went on to complete an associate degree; how long it took the average student to complete a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate degree; and other interesting facts. 

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High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) July 27-30, 2015
Jun 5, 2015
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The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America's Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation's economy.

HI-TEC will uniquely explore the convergence of scientific disciplines and technologies including: Advanced Manufacturing; Aerospace; Agricultural, Environmental, and Energy; Biomanufacturing, Biotechnology, and Engineering; Geospatial; Information, Communications, and Security; Learning and Evaluation; Micro- and Nanotechnologies; and Optics and Photonics. The conference is supported by the National Science Foundation as well as by contributions from corporate and industry partners. Attendees will have the option to choose from approximately 15 preconference workshops and industry site tours during the first two days, followed by a two day main conference featuring keynote speakers and 60 breakout sessions.

This year’s conference will be held from July 27-30 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.

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Join ATE Central at the NISOD Conference May 23-26!
May 12, 2015
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Conferences and meetings play such an important role for all of us as we work to disseminate information about the valuable impacts and outcomes of our ATE projects and centers.

NISOD's annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence provides a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about ATE. The conference attracts educators from around the world and serves as a gathering place for community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff seeking to engage in deep conversations about best practices and promising approaches crafted to improve student achievement.

Regular conference registration will be open until May 22nd, with the possibility of onsite registration during the event.

We look forward to seeing you there – please stop by and visit us in booth 220!

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Join ATE Central for a FREE Sustainability Webinar: Building Partnerships
Apr 7, 2015
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Join Nancy Maron, Program Director of Sustainability and Scholarly Communications at ITHAKA S&R, and Rachael Bower, Director and PI of ATE Central, for the final webinar in our spring series focusing on building partnerships. Partnerships may take many forms, from an informal collaboration among peers, to a highly structured transaction between organizations. They can offer an efficient way to punch far above your weight… or end up not delivering quite as much as planned.  For ATE projects and centers, industry partners in particular, can play a key role.  Join ITHAKA S&R and ATE Central to learn about the many shapes partnerships can take, hear examples of successful partnerships from the ATE community, and learn what to look out for when seeking to establish partnerships of your own.   We have some best practices to share with you about building partnerships, and we want to hear from you, too - we’d love to share your stories during the webinar! The webinar will be on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern, and will run for 90 minutes. Sign up here:

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Welcome to the New ATE Central
Mar 20, 2015
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After months of hard work the ATE Central team is pleased to present our new website!  Highlights include more information about the archiving servicesustainability support, and the upcoming social media and technology survey.  We hope you'll take a look through the site and let us know what you think – we'd love to hear from you about the content as well as the look and feel.

We'll be doing usability testing on the site (as we always do when making major changes to the site) at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention coming up in April in San Antonio.  If you're attending and would like to give us some feedback in person (and join us for cookies and coffee) we'd love to set up a time to get together with you.  You'll learn more about ATE Central and gain some insight into the usability testing process that may be useful in your own work!  To set up a time on April 19th or 20th, please email us at

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