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.

How to Create Work-based Learning Opportunities


February 1 Online

This webinar will cover how to create work-based learning opportunities including apprenticeships, on the job training, internships, etc.

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Better Products in Less Time: How Automation and Optimization Take CAE to the Next Level


February 2 Online

This 30-minute webinar will demonstrate how automation and optimization take CAE to the next level and reduces overall turnaround time. During this webinar, attendees will:

  • See how CAx tools can be connected to automated workflows and how modern optimization, machine learning, and robust design algorithms can be applied to those workflows for optimal designs with the right product quality 
  • Understand how workflow automation and democratization produce dramatic benefits such as reducing time and costs for product development and design optimization
  • View simulations, design studies, and CAE-based product development cycles with a broader user base

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Empowering Automotive Zonal Architectures with the Multi-core Distribution of CAN


February 2 Online

During this free, 60-minute webinar, Elektrobit's automotive experts present the reasoning and methodology of using the multi-core distribution of CAN and Ethernet stacks that lead to significant benefits. Key topics and takeaways:

  • Learn how further multi-core distribution features valid for the CAN and Ethernet stacks help optimize the multi-core processing in zonal ECUs
  • Discover how to reduce cross-core communication and avoid blocking synchronization
  • Find out how to properly balance the CAN and Ethernet packet processing load in multi-core environments

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Electric Vehicle Battery Data Analytics


February 9 Online

During this free, 60-minute webinar, AVL's Gerhard Schagerl and Milan Zivadinovic will explain how to use electric vehicle battery data analytics to support design decisions, optimize operation, and predict issues in the field. Key topics and takeaways include:

  • Learn how to analyze the vast amount of electric vehicle cell/pack test data.
  • Find out how to use connected vehicle data to identify the SOH in the cloud and extend the battery lifetime for each vehicle.
  • Discover how artificial intelligence can predict the risk of thermal runaway.

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GEO Week 2023


February 13 Denver, CO

Geo Week is the premier event for increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies, bringing together former stand-alone events:

  • AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference 
  • International Lidar Mapping Forum
  • SPAR 3D Expo & Conference,
  • ASPRS Annual Conference 

Geo Week was created as a response to the changing needs of built world and geospatial professionals, and to acknowledge the convergence of technology taking place currently. New technological innovations, the need for remote workflows, and hardware breakthroughs are redefining expectations across teams, organizations, and entire industries. Geo Week is at the center of it all. 

The latest updates, case studies, ideas, and predictions from a variety of experts: innovators, end-users, regulators, and more. What trends and technologies do they see coming? What new challenges and opportunities lie ahead? How can you and your organization prepare, anticipate, and benefit in a rapidly evolving environment?

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LGBTQ+ Allyship in the Classroom


February 13 Online

Join the facilitators of this session for a discussion about being an LGBTQ+ ally on your campus and in your classroom. Learn about the community and how to develop safe spaces for students who identify as LGBTQ+. The session includes information sharing, reflective exercises, and interactive activities to help participants become more informed and effective allies.


  1. Participants will articulate personal and professional experiences with the LGBTQ+ community.
  2. Participants will describe the LGBTQ+ community and discuss developing safe spaces for students who identify as LGBTQ+.
  3. Participants will identify effective strategies to demonstrate allyship towards the LGBTQ+ community.

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Oceanology International Americas Conference


February 14 San Diego, CA

This conference offers ocean professionals the opportunity to take a deep dive into strategic, topical, technical, and scientific conference content. The plenary sessions and technical tracks have been designed to ensure attendees get the best possible insights and most up to date knowledge from representatives of government, academia, and industry.

Topics on the agenda include: the New Blue Economy, The Energy Transition, Science and Innovation, Ocean Observation, Uncrewed Vehicles, and much more.

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Our Superhighway from A to Z: Take a Test Drive and Develop New Automotive Software Solutions


February 15 Online

During this free, 60-minute webinar, presenters will explain how PANTARIS enables automotive service developers to plan, build, code, and launch their innovative ideas efficiently. This webinar provides an A-to-Z introduction to PANTARIS and a live demo.

Key topics and takeaways:

  • Understand the platform architecture and its essential components.
  • Discover how to use functions and features for faster deployment and updates.
  • Gain insights into a superhighway that enables pioneers to develop and operate their services efficiently.


  • Some basic knowledge of Linux shell, Git, Container/ Docker and SSH
  • Install Git (Link:
  • (Optional) Install Docker CE (Link: or ask your system administrator to enable your access. Please ensure that the terms of use and licensing are compatible with your use case.

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Workplace Navigation Training: Managing Expectations: Asking for & Obtaining Feedback


February 17 Online

This free workshop will provide students, trainees, and employees with the knowledge, skills, support and clarity they need to effectively assess and successfully navigate any lab environment and achieve their professional and career goals.

All Community College Students, Faculty, and Alumni are welcome to attend. 

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Makeblock Ultimate Robot Challenge

Student Event

February 20 Warren, MI

The Ultimate 2.0 is a 10-in-1 educational robot kit based on Arduino Mega solution that has 550+ mechanical parts and electronic modules that allows you to build 10+ models from one set. This robot features advanced motion control that can drive multiple motors and servos at the same time.

At this event, users can enjoy the building process, patience, teamwork, and problem-solving. Build the robot, then program it to grip, lift, and deliver objects.

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2023 Florida TSA State Conference


February 22 Orlando, FL

The state conference and competition may be the most exciting event of the Technology Student Assosiation (TSA) school year. Thousands of students arrive in Orlando near the end of February with the goal of a first place in their TSA event(s). Students compete over three days, and the culmination of all the hard work comes at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. 

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Recruiting Strategies Best Practices


February 22 Online

This webinar will cover recruiting strategies best practices.

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2023 Women in Aviation International Conference


February 23 Long Beach, CA

Mark your calendar for the 2023 Women in Aviation International Conference. You won't want to miss the inspiring keynote speakers, professional development seminars, education sessions, exhibit hall, scholarship awards, and 2023 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductions. There's no better place to be inspired, share your enthusiasm, and connect with others who share your passion for the aviation industry.

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ATE Projects and Centers

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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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Screenshot for STEM Guitar: Modular Learning Activities

This 2-page document, made available by the STEM Guitar Project, is a template for the Project's learning activities. The following sections are included and can be updated as needed when designing learning activities: Title of Activity, Description of Activity, Learning Objectives, Standards, Materials Required, Safety, References, Activity, Quiz, and Reviewing Faculty Cohort Members. Each section includes bullet points with suggestions for content. 

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Screenshot for Life Science Trends Report 2021

This 46-page report, provided by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), provides a national snapshot of the talent needs of the United State's life science industry as it adjusts from the initial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this edition, TEConomy Partners LLC collaborates with CSBI to assess "the industry’s demand for talent and the related themes emerging from a disruptive year using both quantitative and qualitative assessment approaches." Evidence draws from 2.5 million job postings, a hiring survey, and around 200 interviews with life science executives. The following five life science areas are explored: agriculture, feedstock and chemicals; drugs and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipments; research testing and medical laboratories; and bioscience-related distribution. The contents highlight the industry's economic resilience during the pandemic, explore the shift to remote work, consider equity and diversity, and look into industry-academic...

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Screenshot for Autism & College: Autistic Culture, UDL, and Student Voices

This resource, made available by Pellet Productions, Inc., is a page within the Stairway to STEM website that provides "resources for autistic students / students on the autism spectrum transitioning from high school to college, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields." 

This webpage includes a video presented by Stairway to STEM contributors at the 2018 Advanced Technical Education Conference in Washington DC. Autistic culture is discussed including identity, communication styles and techniques, as well as common myths and misconceptions related to autism. Universal Design Learning (UDL) is also discussed including effective approaches for autistic students. Two content creators from Stairway to STEM speak about their experiences in college as students with autism. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session with the audience. The video runs 32:34 minutes in length and includes links to additional resources. 

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In this white paper, sponsored by GeoTech and written by Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou and Jennifer Smith from San Diego State's Department of Geophysics, the role of open source software in Geographic Information System (GIS) education is described. "Open source software is not well adopted in GIS education due to the lack of user-friendly guidance and the full integration of GIS learning resources. This paper will provide a basic introduction of some of the available free and open source software with easy-to-follow guidance for both GIS teachers and students. Hopefully, more GIS educators will adopt open source GIS software in their courses to provide a comprehensive range of instructional tools and resources." This resource would be helpful for educators at the high school, community college, or university level interested in integrating open source GIS software in to their curriculum.

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Upcoming Webcast: CCPI-STEM Webcast

The Community College Presidents' Initiative in STEM (CCPI-STEM), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to further engage community college leadership in the support of regional STEM education and workforce development through NSF ATE grants.  There is a national clarion call for a diverse workforce with STEM backgrounds for the millions of employment opportunities that remain unfilled.  

Join us on January 30, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET for the first of a series of Webcasts that will highlight the vision and mission of the grant with a focus on the 2-year sector. 

Participants will hear about the various opportunities to participate in regional dialogue and collaboration, receive support to learn more about the NSF's Advanced Technological Education funding program, and join a growing Community College network designed to address STEM education and workforce needs.

Please use this link to Register by January 28, 2023.

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Higher Ed News Round Up: ChatGPT

Community colleges and universities currently grapple with declining enrollments and soaring costs, among other issues. The latest item of concern is the surge of AI in educational settings, which has set off a frenzy of opinion pieces. ATE Central has round up several recent news sources regarding the use of AI in the classroom, in favor or against. 

In favor of a nuanced use of AI for the Atlantic, Ian Bogost writes that "ChatGPT isn’t a step along the path to an artificial general intelligence that understands all human knowledge and texts; it’s merely an instrument for playing with all that knowledge and all those texts... [AI apps] are surely not going to replace college or magazines or middle managers. But they do offer those and other domains a new instrument—that’s really the right word for it—with which to play with an unfathomable quantity of textual material."

An NPR article offers a look at how educators are viewing AI apps in the classroom from essays to homework. Another piece from Mind Matters expresses discontent on how easily technology makes writing work and homework now. 

Finally, the New York Times writes about the impact of AI on campuses. An op-ed from them...

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Upcoming Event: Women in Aviation International Conference

Mark your calendar for the 2023 Women in Aviation International Conference on Feb. 23-25 in Long Beach, California! The conference will include inspiring keynote speakers, professional development seminars, education sessions, exhibit hall, and much more!

The Women in Aviation website states, "There's no better place to be inspired, share your enthusiasm, and connect with others who share your passion for the aviation industry. We look forward to gathering to connect, engage, and inspire with our valued members." 

This conference is aimed towards women in aviation careers, education, and all others interested. Register on the Women in Aviation website. Early registration ends January 17th!

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New Report: Pandemic Changes for College Students

A new report from Best Universities explores how the pandemic has changed college students from four and two year institutions. The report shows a trend that many 18-24 year old students have "began opting for alternative pathways, such as trade programs or the freedom from student loan debt provided by joining the workforce right away." The report also shows community college's impact on traditional and nontraditional students interested in alternative pathways. From the report,

"Community colleges make up the lion’s share of nontraditional student enrollment—which has been the case since at least 2015. And while enrollment since that time has nearly halved, community colleges retain nearly threefold the number of new nontraditional students each year than public four-year institutions."

Read the full report, which uses data from the National Student Clearinghouse Center, on the website for Best Universities

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