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.

Walking the NSF Budgeting Walk: NSF ATE Proposal Budget and Budget Justification


March 29 Online

Avoid common pitfalls with this NSF ATE Budget Assistance 

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program grant proposal writing process can seem daunting to those new to the ATE program. Each year, Mentor-Connect offers a detailed cost-free technical assistance webinar highlighting all aspects of the budget and budget justification for those building competitive grant proposals for ATE. Registration Required

Webinar Participants will learn:

  • How to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant
  • What to include in each budget category
  • How to prepare a budget justification
  • How to align the budget and project description
  • How to avoid common errors

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High-Performance Building Operations Professional Certification & Pilot Exam Webinar


March 30 Online

BEST Center and the California Institute for Energy and Environment invite you to attend a webinar to learn about the High-Performance Building Operations Professional (HPBOP) Certification and pilot exam. As the first of its kind, the HPBOP credential is intended to validate the knowledge, skills, and competencies of building technicians, engineers, and operators who support high-performance commercial buildings. Health, safety, comfort, occupant productivity, energy conservation, and building de-carbonization—these are among the high-performance goals which technicians help to achieve in their daily work.

In this webinar, you'll learn about:

  • Specific knowledge and competencies that define the HPBOP  
  • The credential's value proposition for building owners, facility managers, and technicians
  • How to apply for the Certification and assessment by written exam
  • Education and work experience prerequisites
  • The online pilot exam process, which is free to those who qualify.

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2023 Mid-Atlantic Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposia (MA-3CS)


March 31 Largo, MD

In May 2022, the National CyberWatch Center announced the reformulation of the annual Community College Cyber Summit to become one of several symposia within multiple regional and a national Cybersecurity Capabilities and Career Symposia (3CS). The 3CS expansion, eventually to all 10 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regions, will provide many more opportunities for attendees by addressing a significant impediment to participation in vital capacity building programs - the cost and time commitment for travel to the conference location.

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Multi-Generational Farm Transition Retreat - Mahnomen

Student Event

March 31 Mahnomen, MN

This interactive farm transition program is focused on helping farm families dive deeper into conversations about

  • Family and business goals,
  • Job responsibilities,
  • Financial needs of farms and families,
  • Inheritance considerations, and
  • Mechanisms of transfer.

An emphasis of the sessions is how to transfer both the financial business and how to transfer the management and responsibility of the farm business. We provide time for hands-on planning and discussion for the farm family.

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AACC Annual Conference


April 1 Aurora, CO

Since 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has been the go-to organization for the nation’s predominately associate degree-granting regionally accredited institutions. The association hosts one of the largest convenings of community college professionals and offers engaging speakers, relevant professional development, and unsurpassed networking opportunities. AACC Annual provides access to the nation’s community college leaders who collectively serve more than 40 percent of the nation’s undergraduates.

AACC Annual creates opportunities to design and solve today’s priority challenges and to identify opportunities and innovation to support the country’s community college students.

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Space Ag Conference


April 4 Grand Forks, ND

Space Ag Conference seeks to explore the potential of advanced agriculture technologies to transform the AgTech industry in space, with the understanding that solutions to space-based challenges can often be applied to those on Earth 

Our world’s production system is undergoing a dramatic shift towards sustainable practices and greater food security. Space agriculture and the technology it provides could help farmers produce higher crop yields with less land and energy. This is our opportunity to dream big and envision a bold future for agriculture.

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Applying Reflexivity to Higher Education Disability Services


April 4 Online

Although the higher education disability services field requires considerable use of professional judgment to make accommodation-related decisions, there is a lack of guidance on how to carry this out in day-to-day interactions with students. When drawing on personal and professional experiences, disability services professionals are directly guided by their own positionality, which is their collective identities and experiences, and therefore - for better or for worse - their biases as they determine accommodations for students with disabilities. To better understand these influencing identities and the role of positionality in the disability services profession, this presentation will share themes that emerged from thirteen semi-structured interviews with disability services professionals that focused on their perceptions of the relationship between their positionality and their work. Further, we will invite attendees to examine their own positionalities through an interactive activity where they will pinpoint influential aspects of their identities. This presentation will conclude with a large group discussion focused on the implications for practitioners in regard to seeing our own positionalities and their role in our work. In addition to discussing implications for practice with attendees, the presenters will guide the conversation around reflexivity, or consciously examining when and where our positionalities may influence our choices and interactions as disability services professionals. 

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ATE Project Talks: Dual Credit HS DNA Sequencing and Internships in Protein Biomanufacturing


April 7 Online

The Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project is providing research-based, hands-on, and real-world workforce experience for two-year community college and dual credit high school and biotechnology students by providing access to industry-level DNA sequencing technology.  Students are working on authentic student-led research on DNA barcoding mentored by industry and academic partners. 

Speakers:  Joseph Oleniczak, PI & Kissaou Tchedre, PhD., M.B.A., co-PI, LASA High School and Austin Community College, Austin, TX

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Skills USA Florida Conference


April 10 Jacksonville, FL

The 2023 State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC23) is the premier CTE event in the state of Florida. The top students in over 100 different skill and leadership competitions gather to compete against their peers for a chance to advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference. These competitions provide an opportunity for students to hone their technical skills, connect with business and industry, and become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.

In addition to competitions, students are invited to participate in other conference activities to further their careers and connect them with potential future employers. The Meet the Employer Career Fair, where more than 50 local, state, and national companies are looking to recruit and hire students for immediate job openings. The CONNECTED Expo and Trade Show showcases business and industry partners and their products, services, and career opportunities. 

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FLATE Webinar Series: Creating Videos using Classroom Projects and Student Success Stories


April 11 Online

This workshop will cover how to use videos of classroom projects and student success stories. 

  • Asking students to create video projects is a great tool and has a huge impact in making students feel that they are participating in their learning journey. 
  • Creating videos of employers or former students talking about their work and why their education is useful in their current position is another very motivational tool. 

These success stories can also be shown to prospective students to learn about the programs being offered. Real-world examples will be included.

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Geodesign Summit


April 11 Redlands, CA

Join community planning and design thought leaders, innovators, and other visionaries to discover how they are leveraging geodesign and technology to tackle challenges, adapt to change, become more resilient, and plan for a better future.

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ITEEA Conference 2023


April 12 Minneapolis, MN

ITEEA's 85th Annual Conference. The annual ITEEA conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for technology and engineering educators to gain comprehensive professional development and networking experiences. ITEEA members pay a reduced rate to attend and can choose from dozens of interest sessions, workshops, and social events. This is a unique opportunity to learn from and share with other technology and engineering STEM education professionals in a variety of formats.

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EPRI Supply Chain Workshop for Structural Components in Advanced Energy Systems


April 12 Dallas, TX

In April of 2023, EPRI will be hosting a second Supply Chain Workshop to describe work that has already begun to address several of the key opportunities and to seek further industry input on actionable items. These topics were selected based on the outcomes of the first workshop and a follow-on survey of the industry. Specifically, topics which the 2nd Workshop will cover include:

  • Welding Workforce Development
  • Fitness for Nuclear (FN4) North America – Vendor Fitness & Qualification
  • Capabilities in the Areas of Fabricators, Machining Supplier Capabilities, and Heat Treating/Bending
  • Architect Engineer (AE) Perspectives on New Build & Supply Chain
  • Codes & Standards Progress and Challenges
  • Materials Qualification – Overcoming the Barriers of Accelerated Qualification

The two-day workshop will include presentations by industry experts, Code representatives, key stakeholders (AES developers/manufacturers), equipment manufacturers, selected vendors, and AEs.

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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
  • Energy technologies
  • Environmental technologies
  • Natural resources

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
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This report, published by E2, highlights the need for better diversity in clean energy industries in the United States. Findings demonstrate that four out of ten racial and ethnic minority groups are represented in the clean energy workforce, black workers comprise eight percent of the clean energy workforce, less than 30 percent of clean energy workers are women, and more. The research methodology, terms and racial categories, and the job sectors that are analyzed are highlighted. The report explores clean energy labor force characteristics by race, ethnicity, and gender; and energy labor force demographics by sector and sub-sectors. State-level and sector-level findings are provided. Suggestions for addressing these issues with policies, higher education, and more are also provided. 

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This 28 page document contains a detailed description of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). This pyramid model is depicted with nine tiers. The depiction "illustrates how occupational and industry competencies build on a foundation of personal effectiveness, academic, and workplace competencies." Each tier has "one or more blocks representing the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential for successful performance in the industry or occupation represented by the model." The description contains several pages describing each tier.

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This 74 page document, created by Kate Robertson from the EDF National Energy Program, outlines information on the sector and job postings for green jobs in Texas. This resource is particularly helpful for those who wish to learn more or transition into careers in this field. An introduction to the guide and index to career opportunities orient the reader in the first section of this report. Next, a one page description of the sector is provided, and the remaining pages contain job listings. In the job listings section, information on apprenticeships, green job placement assistance, programs at academic institutions, educational programs at community colleges, and continuing education opportunities at community colleges are included.

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This collection of resources, made available by Riverside Community College, provides information about education for and careers in the Supply Chain Technician field. Included in the collection is a section of resources designed for middle school students, and a section of resources designed for high school through college students. 


The High School and College In Class Career Awareness Module includes a lesson outline, a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, and surveys for use at the start and end of the course. 

The Middle School Classroom Career Awareness Module includes a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in the classroom, a lesson plan, and a lesson plan outline. 

For orientation purposes Career Awareness Brochure.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this collection. This brochure provides an overview of the Supply Chain Technician career,...

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This 16-page resource, from the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, is a guide intended to help teachers increase student exposure to robotics and manufacturing. This resource discuses the importance of robotics in manufacturing, the need for qualified workers in STEM fields, and ways for getting students to participate in robotics programs. Competitive robotics, engaging manufacturers, manufacturing partnerships, engaging community, fundraising ideas, and digital badges are covered.

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Active ATE Projects 324
ATE Resources 6,446
New Projects/Centers 52
New Resources 148

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HI-TEC 2023 Registration Now Open

Connect with colleagues and update your knowledge and skills at HI-TEC this year!

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 annual conference is perfect for: 

  • Community College and University Educators
  • High School Educators
  • Workforce Development Advocates
  • Trade Organizations
  • Industry Professionals
  • Technicians

This year's conference will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, July 24–27. Pre-conference events will be held July 24–25. Read more and register on the HI-TEC website

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Upcoming Webinar: Implementing UDL in Your School & District

Join CAST for a free webinar with experts on implementing UDL! 

Learn how to support all of your students, including those who are not performing up to their potential. As the founders of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), CAST is world renowned for its innovative professional development. Let us help your teachers build the pedagogical skills they need to support their under-performing students and help you to build school- and district-wide systems that will support your teachers!

This informative webinar about CAST’s Professional Learning model could start your school or district on its journey to improved teaching and learning.

The webinar is Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 4:00PM – 5:00PM ET. Register here!

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New Brief: Implementation, Equity Inquiries, & Universal Design for Learning

A unique and amazing partnership between four centers led to the development of this brief on connecting Implementation, Equity Inquiries, Universal Design for Learning, and Multi-Tiered System of Support. This brief explains how four important system design initiatives frequently promoted by state and local education agencies for school improvement can be implemented through an intentional systematic approach for a powerful, positive impact on student outcomes.

The brief, titled Increasing Equity in Education through Stage-based Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in a Multi-Tiered System of Support, comes from the SWIFT SchoolsGreat Lakes Equity/MAP CenterNational Implementation Research Network (NIRN), and State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP). 

Read or download. the full brief on the SISEP website!

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