When it comes to sharing information about the ATE community and its dedication to improving the education of America’s technical workforce, blogs offer a great platform to engage and inform others. Over the past few weeks, a number of blog posts covering inspirational stories, detailed research, and personal experiences have appeared. Below are a few that we hope will inspire further reading, and maybe a little bit of writing of your own:
Jill Denner, project PI of Beyond Marketing to Stealth Recruitment: Creating ICT Pathways from High School to College and Work for Underrepresented Groups, was recently featured on the ETR etc. blog. In this post, Denner discusses the project’s research findings along with strategies to boost career technical education (CTE) pathways in IT fields. There is also a link to three Tip Sheets designed to help initiate educator, administrator, and industry partnerships.
The EvaluATE blog is a great informational resource that features guest posts along with regular series written by EvaluATE staff. This post from December 1, 2016 comes from Dawn X. Henderson, Breonte S. Guy, and Chad Markert and discusses the value of a psychosocial framework for project design and evaluation. This framework may be especially valuable for those looking to increase the retention and persistence of underrepresented groups in the STEM education-to-workforce pipeline.
For those interested in mechatronics education, the executive director of Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), Marilyn Barger, details her experience at a November workshop at the New York University Engineering College. This post from the December issue of FLATE Focus also touches on what employers are looking for from new graduates, a topic of special interest to the ATE community.
This entry from right here on ATE@20 highlights the academic successes of John F. Ramirez, a Del Mar College student who recently won an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) student poster competition, and presented his research at the First World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Qatar in November.
If you don’t happen to have a blog of your own (or even if you do), ATE Central can help celebrate and share your stories and showcase the valuable work being done by your project or center. If you have a story to share or accomplishments to highlight, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.