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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.

Participate in Upcoming Webinars to Learn More About Project Vision

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Project Vision: Helping Colleges Innovate

Project Vision is focused on mentoring colleges to align their strategic, facilities, and academic master plan with National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. Project Vision is currently recruiting for its next cohort, which starts in July 2022 and culminates in a grant submission in October 2023. 

In addition to mentorship, Project Vision will offer a $6,000 stipend to each school, assign a subject matter expert fluent in NSF grant submissions, and cover travel to the ATE conference. 

For more information, sign up for one of two upcoming webinars: March 22 at 2:30 pm (Eastern) or April 19 at 2:30 pm (Eastern).

Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Advanced Technological Education

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J ATE Journal of Advanced Technological Education logo

The Journal of Advanced Technological Education (J ATE) is a peer-reviewed journal for ATE projects and centers and community college faculty and staff who work in technician education. J ATE launched its inaugural issue on Jan 31, 2022. 

This introductory issue features articles submitted, peer-reviewed, and published. One of the articles addresses autonomous technologies by Zackary Nicklin. Another highlight to enjoy reading features lessons learned in technician education during the COVID-19 pandemic, by Khalid H. Tantawi.

All articles published in the journal are under a Creative Commons license. Readers are encouraged to share articles and links.

NSF Announces New Initiative for EPSCoR Jurisdictions

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The National Science Foundation has announced a new program initiative for individuals in EPSCoR states in response to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The initiative, called EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Program: Bridging EPSCoR Communities (RII-BEC), seeks to bridge programs to facilitate the transitions of affected groups (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, research trainees, and graduate fellows) from one stage of STEM training to the next.

The initiative will accept proposals that support those individuals most strongly affected by the pandemic at vulnerable career transition points. Proposals may include partnerships within and/or across two-year and four-year institutions (including community colleges).

The deadline for proposal submission is April 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm (local time). Interested proposers are encouraged to reach out to Andrea Johnson or Subrata Acharya with questions about proposal preparation and submission.

Encourage Students to Participate in the 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge

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A student gives a high-five to a professor while working in a library with three other students on a group project.

The American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is inviting 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.

Apply Now for Implementing Nano Working Groups (INWG)

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The Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Resource Center (NACK) is offering a series of four Implementing Nano Working Group (INWG) sessions designed to help participants cultivate ideas or implement readily available, nanotechnology-based resources, facilitated by experienced nanotechnology educators from across the country. 

Sessions will begin after March 15, 2022. Exact dates and times will be determined once groups are defined. Participation is open to all, but U.S. high school and undergraduate institution educators with prior nanoknowledge experience are eligible for stipends. 

Interested community members should submit their application by the deadline of March 1, 2022. 

SIPP Information Session: A New Model of Transition for those on the Autism Spectrum

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On Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 6:00-6:45 pm (EST), the Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program (SIPP) will host a virtual information session, “A New Model of Transition for those on the Autism Spectrum.” SIPP is a gateway to higher-ed and the workforce for those whose passions include aviation, aerospace, and related STEM fields. 

This event will be a great opportunity to share with students and other folks in your networks who might be interested in learning about these career paths. It is also a great opportunity for ATE community members to connect and share ideas.

Interested participants can register here and find more information about SIPP

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