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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Geospatial Technologies

From GeoTech:

From the Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training Project (iGETT):

From the Virginia Community College Geospatial Portal (GeoTEd):

GeoTEd Data Links

This page from the Virginia Community College Geospatial Portal (GeoTEd) contains a single page Microsoft Word document with Geospatial Data Sources. A URL and short description is listed for each. Sources include the GIS Data Depot, links provided by the Stanford Library, and links provided by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership GIS Department.

Community Connection


STEM Success for Women: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM

At ATE Central, part of our goal is to highlight the work being done throughout our community and to connect ATE faculty and staff to relevant, useful information and meaningful opportunities. Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (iWITTS), is hosting one such opportunity this month, via the telesummit, STEM Success for Women. This virtual event will be of benefit to members of the ATE community who are working to broaden impact by increasing participation of female students in STEM.

The event starts Monday, April 13 and runs through Thursday, April 16, 2015. Participants will hear from some of the country's leading experts on best practices for increasing the number of female students in STEM career pathways. Deans, administrators, instructors and counselors will leave this virtual conference with immediate action steps to jumpstart their recruitment efforts and help their female students succeed. Focusing on solutions backed by hard data and demonstrated outcomes, this event is designed for educators - particularly at the community college level - who are looking to achieve balance in their STEM programs and secure high retention rates for their female and male students.

The case studies you will hear over the course of the 12 sessions (offered each day at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm PDT) will discuss:

  • How Professor Barbara DuFrain of Del Mar College was able to increase female enrollment in her intro to computer programming classes by 62%, and improve female and male retention by 45%.
  • How one computer networking IT department improved female enrollment by more than 46% and increased retention of female students by 23%.
  • How one professor increased the number of women who declared a computer science major from 11% to 46% by changing an introductory computer science course.
  • How one professor improved retention of female engineering students by 42% in one semester in only 12 teaching contact hours.

Participants will hear from these presenters and will learn other best practices during the Telesummit. This free event is completely online, and you can be accessed via phone or computer. More information about this National Science Foundation funded virtual event can be found here.

ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Share Out Trending ATE Community News

It’s easy to get caught up in using social media platforms solely for the purpose of sharing out your project or center’s own activities. However, these platforms are most effective at engaging audiences when they balance unique posts with trending stories and news from other valuable members of the ATE community. So as you follow trending stories, from social media or mainstream sources, look for connections that will be of value to your audiences and try and link the work you’re doing to the larger education community. Finding the right mix of content will not only better engage your audience, it will allow you to share out your work and activities while also validating your follow-worthiness.

Student Union

Did You Know?

Five hundred California community college students transferred to historically black colleges in 2011, according to a recent article from Inside Higher Ed. This number is likely to increase as the system launches a new program guaranteeing associate degree graduates from California community college students admission to nine historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs). Prior to this new agreement, seventeen HBCUs already had transfer relationships with individual community colleges in California.

ATE Events

Upcoming Events
Gen Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region Amherst, MA
Gen Project Access Workshop at St. Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
Nano Modeling a Micro Pressure Sensor Workshop Albuquerque, NM
Gen Writing in the Disciplines Workshop in Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
Gen Building Partnerships Webinar Online
Eng SAE 2015 World Congress Detroit, MI
Gen ATE Workshops for Physics Faculty: Modeling Tools for Introductory Physics (MTIP) Appleton, WI
Nano Manufacturing Technicians’ Skills and Careers Albuquerque, NM
Gen Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy Washington, DC
Gen 2015 Forum on Science and Technology Policy Washington, DC
Eng 2015 CAAT Conference Warren, MI
Gen Challenge and Support: Applications of instructional technology Kansas City, MO
Mfg Welding Course for Educators Marysville, CA
Gen Scripting for Cybersecurity Online
Mfg Plastics-In-Motion Dearborn, Michigan
Gen CISSP Online
Gen ISACA (CISM) Online
Mfg STAR (Students, Technology, and Robots) Camp St. Cloud, MN
Gen Instructor Conference: Utilizing Student Smartphone & Other EHS Interactive Presentation Techniques Eden Prairie, MN
Info 2015 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) North Las Vegas, NV
Nano 2015 MNT Conference Seattle, WA
Gen Netlabs+ User Community Workshop Online

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 submit them online.

To add a continuously-updated list of ATE and STEM education events to your website, use the ATE Event Widget.

News & Reminders

The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) recently awarded photonics outreach sub-grants to four colleges.

These grants were awarded as a way to encourage high school students to enroll in associate degree programs that prepare them for careers as photonics technicians. More information can be found on the OP-TEC website.

Save the date for the 2015 National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI) Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York May 19-21.

This year’s conference will focus on “CTE for ALL: Celebrating 50 Years of Workforce Education.” Information on presentation proposals and registration can be found here.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is hosting its 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas April 18-21.

Join AACC and other ATE community members for professional development opportunities, as well as a chance to network, share, and learn from professionals in the fields of education, business and industry, and the government sector.

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