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Webinar: Creating an Effective Plan for Broadening Participation of Women in Your NSF ATE Proposal

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If you are developing an NSF ATE Grant Proposal, you will need to indicate how you will ensure women will be included in your program, and that can be hard to do in fields with very few women – whether it’s drone technology or cybersecurity or manufacturing. This webinar from National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science Executive Director Donna Milgram will give you best practice examples and case studies of how ATE Projects successfully broadened the participation of women in two-year colleges.

Participants will walk away with proven strategies that will result in actual increases in female enrollment and retention and will provide your school with a framework for your NSF Proposal. And here’s an added bonus: these strategies have also been proven to help with the recruitment and retention of male students.

The webinar will take place on June 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. Those interested in participating should register to attend.

NSF Workshop: NSF STEM Education Funding

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This NSF workshop series is designed to provide insight on how to compete for funding in STEM education. The workshop will offer key insights into NSF for faculty, researchers, and administrators.  

Workshop participants will hear from and engage with NSF Program Officers, learn about the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR) programs of interest, and gain insight on the merit review process.


The workshop will be hosted virtually through Zoom on the following dates and times: 

Workshop Day 1: Navigating NSF, June 14, 2021, from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm EDT

Workshop Day 2: Partnerships, June 15, 2021, from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm EDT

Workshop Day 3: Technical Assistance, June 16, 2021, from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm EDT

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Request for Applications: MentorLinks Mentors

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is pleased to announce a national call for applications for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. AACC seeks applications from 2-year college professionals who are interested in serving as mentors to work with a college whose faculty and administration want to develop or strengthen a certificate or degree program for technicians in a STEM field. 

MentorLinks colleges will be selected in a separate request for proposal process and assigned to a mentor. Up to ten institutions will be selected as MentorLinks colleges and up to ten individual mentors will be named to the MentorLinks Mentor Team for a 2-year grant period beginning October 1, 2021, and ending November 30, 2023. Mentors will receive an honorarium and travel support to attend national project meetings and to conduct college site visits (as permissible). For complete information and to apply by the deadline of June 24, 2021, please go to www.aacc.nche.edu/MentorLinks.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Advocating for Student Skills

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Being a good advocate for your students with disabilities when working with industry partners and employers just got a little bit easier! Check out this tip sheet from DeafTEC and AccessATE on Advocating for Student Skills to find helpful hints and resources.

This tip sheet covers conversations with employers, afirming student identity, and more. To find additional resources that will help you support your disabled students, read the AccessATE blog post on Advocating for Student Skills.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

Request for Proposals: MentorLinks Colleges

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is pleased to announce a national grant competition for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation. MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to develop or strengthen STEM technician education programs. 

Colleges should be interested in working with an experienced community college mentor who has successfully planned and implemented a major change in a high-technology program. MentorLinks colleges will receive $20,000 for the 2-year grant period and travel support for the project director to attend project meetings and national conferences (as permissible). 

The grant’s primary emphasis is on valuable networking, and opportunities for technical assistance and professional development. The grant period runs October 1, 2021–November 30, 2023. For complete information and to apply by the deadline of June 24, 2021, please go to www.aacc.nche.edu/MentorLinks.