Welcome to the ATE Central Connection! Published the first Monday of each month, the ATE Central Connection is meant to disseminate information to and about ATE centers and projects, providing you with up-to-date ATE news, events, reminders, as well as highlighting new centers, projects, and resources. In addition, we will also highlight an educational topic with complementary resources found within ATE Central to help illustrate how ATE resources can be used in the classroom.

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Upcoming Events

February 8-10 World Ag Expo Tulare, CA
February 9-11 AMTEC Academy: Creating Career Pathways in Automotive Careers San Antonio, TX
February 11 NetWorks Webinar: Minority Males — The Invisible Men Online
February 11 Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) Lean and Green: Next Generation Careers in Technology Manchester, CT
February 16-19 National Farm Machinary Show Louisville, KY
February 17 The AAAS Community College Forum: Lessons Learned about Biotechnology Education Washington D.C.
February 23-25 Cygnus Aviation Expo Las Vegas, NV
February 25 Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK Center) Introduction to Nanofabrication: Top Down and Bottom Up Online
February 26 SCME: Pressure Sensor Process Workshop Sandia Park, NM
March 3-5 Educating for Careers Conference Sacramento, CA
March 7-9 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Policy Seminar Arlington, VA
March 7-9 The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) 15th Annual Conference: Expanding Our Horizons Irvine, CA
March 9-12 2011 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Conference Springfield, IL
March 11 NetWorks Webinar: Energy Utilization Technologies Online
March 13-19 2011 National Ag Week Online
March 16 Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education (Evaluate) Claims + Evidence: Assessing the Impact of Your ATE Grant Online
March 22-25 AEA International Convention & Trade Show Reno, NV
March 25 Nanotech Works — Alumni Success Stories Online
March 26 SCME MEMS Innovators Workshop Albuquerque, NM
March 28-31 Innovations 2010 Conference Baltimore, MD

For more events please visit the ATE Central Events page or if you have any upcoming events that you would like posted on ATE Central or in the ATE Central Connection please send them to

Featured ATE Opportunity

MentorLinks: National Call for STEM Mentors

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 two-year college experts 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 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics 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 two-year grant period beginning October 1, 2011. Mentors will receive an honorarium and travel support to attend a mentor training and orientation meeting, national project meetings, and to conduct college site visits. Applications and further information can be found at The deadline to apply is March 8, 2011.

Featured ATE Resources

Here is a sample of the valuable resources in ATE Central that focus on Viticulture:

From the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA):

Viticulture Course: Winter Viticulture Technology

This site, from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance, offers presentations and slides from the lectures of VIN 113: Winter Viticulture Technology. From the presenter, Katie Gill, the lectures cover such topics as pruning and winter grapevine anatomy. Each topic includes a multimedia presentation of the lecture, with slides. Users must have Microsoft's Silverlight installed to view the presentations, which vary in length from about 2 minutes to 7 minutes.

Viticulture Course: Wines of the World

This site, from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance, offers presentations and slides from the lectures of VIN 274: Wines of the World. From the presenter, Ray Johnson, the lectures feature wines and wine characteristics from around the globe. Each topic includes a multimedia presentation of the lecture, with slides. Users must have Microsoft's Silverlight installed to view the presentations, which vary in length from about 5 minutes to 25 minutes.

Writing a Business Plan: An Example for a Small Premium Winery

From the Department of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, and written by Mark E. Pisoni and Gerald B. White, this example business plan is "directed toward helping vintners and prospective investors to develop a business plan for a premium winery." The business plan, which is published here courtesy of the official site of the Maryland wine/grape industry, is divided into eight sections: an executive summary, business description, plan of operations, management team, industry analysis, competitor analysis, marketing plan, and financial plan. The document itself is 49 pages long, with the last 20 pages devoted to appendices. It's a very helpful document for practicing vintners and viticulture/enology students to understand the processes involved in creating one's own winery.

News & Reminders

ATEEC seeks reviewers for eERL resources

ATEEC is looking for environmental and energy specialists to vet (review) materials for the electronic Environmental and Energy Resources Library. If you are interested in participating please contact Lora at

Can CWIS Software Help Support Your Project Goals?

CWIS is open source software, created with NSF funding, that can help your project or center showcase resources online. It's free and very easy to use — click here to check out a few of the sites running CWIS. We'd be happy to provide you with more information about CWIS and give you a quick tour of its features — please e-mail to get started!

Find Out More About ATE Central

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