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Upcoming Webinar: NSF ITEST Proposals—Ingredients of a Competitive ITEST Proposal

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STELAR, the research center for the NSF ITEST program, is hosting a special webinar with NSF Program Officers on Thursday, June 2, from 1:00-2:30 pm (Eastern). Anyone interested in crafting a competive ITEST proposal is encouraged to attend.

This webinar will be an interactive, participatory panel of Program Officers discussing critical aspects of conceptualizing a competitive ITEST proposal. There will be time for participant Q&A. 

The ITEST program is focused on workforce development and encouraging underserved and underrepresented youth to pursue STEM careers. ITEST is specifically interested in proposals from and partnerships with community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and school districts.

Register for this webinar and read the full proposal guidelines on the NSF website.

Visit STELAR's website to learn more about the ITEST Program.

Women in Technology Club Impacts ATE Student's Career Choices

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Kendra Joyner

The latest ATE Impacts blog features a profile of Kendra Joyner,  who gained a foothold in her career thanks to two ATE programs.

Kendra Joyner joined the Women in Technology club a few weeks after starting digital media courses at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) in Asheville, NC.

Talking with other women about their STEM classes, hearing presentations by female technicians, and learning career tips during biweekly Women in Technology meetings became integral to Joyner’s success. It also sparked Joyner’s interest in working for the college, which she has now done for about five years. 

Computer Technologies Instructor Pamela Silvers started Women in Technology as part of her Skilled Workers Get Jobs Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects that developed strategies to recruit and retain women in STEM careers with support from the National Science Foundation.

Read more on the ATE Impacts Blog.

Applying Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Best Practices in Community Colleges

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The rapid growth of the STEM workforce has left out individuals with disabilities, according to reports by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pew Research Center, and Education Week. Community colleges play a critical role in the effort to broaden access in STEM education and careers to be inclusive of students and job seekers with disabilities. 

CAST, the education nonprofit organization that pioneered the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, collaborated with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) community to develop a series of case studies documenting strategies for implementation of UDL and accessibility best practices in community and technical colleges.

Read the full case study on AccessATE and watch the video on YouTube

EvaluateUR-CURE Accepting Applications

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EvaluateUR-CURE is now accepting applications to participate in the final round of pilot testing during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. This opportunity is available through an award from the NSF ATE program to the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State.

EvaluateUR-CURE is a method for evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences -- CUREs. Combining research into undergraduate courses provides research opportunities for students. 

Pilot testing of E-CURE is open to all faculty. Faculty teaching courses with research experiences (CUREs) at community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. A modest stipend is provided for participating in the pilot and providing feedback.

The application can be completed on EvaluateUR-CURE 's website

More information about the project can be found on the main E-CURE page

Upcoming EvaluATE Webinar

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Join EvaluATE presenters on May 18 for a webinar titled "Leveraging Assessment & Evaluation for Student Success: Working Smarter Not Harder," on learning how to integrate assessment into professional development to boost learning for participants and classroom students.

This presentation is for anyone interested in designing, delivering, and evaluating professional development. Attendees will leave this session with ideas and access to tools that will help leverage learning and deliver data needed for reporting.

The presentation is on May 18, from 4:00-5:00 pm (EDT). Register on the EvaluATE website. 

Upcoming Application Deadline for FORCCE-ATE Grant Development and Mentoring Program

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FORCCE-ATE logo: A force for cyber good

The FORCCE-ATE Faculty Development and Mentoring-Coaching program is designed to educate participating community college teams about the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, to empower them to write competitive grant proposals, and to mentor/coach them through the otherwise daunting writing process. 

For community college educators, FORCCE-ATE can help with preparation for submitting NSF ATE grant proposals to improve cybersecurity education programs. FORCCE-ATE includes many areas of cybersecurity and computing education, such as information technology, computer science, digital forensics, Cloud, IoT, data science, bioinformatics, AI/machine learning, and others. 

Members of the ATE community interested in the program should apply before April 15.

HI-TEC 2022 Registration Now Open

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Registration for the annual HI-TEC conference is now open! 

The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with preparing America's skilled 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. 

The conference runs from July 25–28 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. More details on registering can be found on the HI-TEC website and upcoming ATE Central blogs.

Dear Colleague: Ocean Technical Workforce Education

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently issued a Dear Colleague letter seeking curriculum development and student engagement proposals for furthering Ocean Technical Workforce Education. Dear Colleague letters (DCLs) are an important category of funding opportunities made available by NSF.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the program officers prior to submitting proposals.

For questions about this DCL, please contact Elizabeth (Lisa) Rom - elrom@nsf.gov in the Division of Ocean Sciences, Jumoke Ladeji-Osias - jladejio@nsf.gov in the Directorate of Engineering, or  V. Celeste Carter - vccarter@nsf.gov in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Read the full proposal criteria on the NSF’s website.

One Week Until Community College Innovation Challenge Submission Deadline

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The American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, invites community college students to participate in the 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). In this national competition, teams of community college students work with a faculty or administrator mentor to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems.

Members of the ATE community are encouraged to share this opportunity with their students and to serve as faculty mentors. Benefits of participation include full travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in the Washington, DC, metro area, as well as cash awards.

Submissions are due March 30, 2022. Visit the CCIC page for more information and submission guidelines, or email CCIC@aacc.nche.edu for questions.

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