Advanced Technological Education ·

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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In This Issue

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Featured Resources in Agricultural Education

From Bio-Link: Educating the BioTechnology Workforce:

Biotech Careers: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

This career profile page from Bio-Link's Biotech Careers website features Agricultural and Food Technician career and education information. This page has three tabs to find information: This Career, Education and Training, and Job Search. This Career tab provides a job description and related job titles. The Education and Training tab provides information on minimum education requirements and possible degrees and certificates. Clicking on a degree and certificate link will take users to a Bio-Link webpage with more information on that degree. The Job Search tab provides links to current Agricultural Technician job listings. The profile page also includes information on possible starting wages and links to similar job areas and a video of a career professional discussing her job.

From Advanced Technological Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC):

From AgrowKnowledge: The National Center for Agriscience & Technology :


Community Connection

Welcome to ATE for New Projects and Centers

ATE Central would like to take this opportunity to welcome new ATE projects and centers! With the ATE PI Conference just a few short weeks away, projects and centers old and new will get the chance to connect with one another - sharing experiences, collaborating, and learning together. For those of you who are new to the ATE community, there are a variety of resources to help support the work of your project or center – from evaluation to dissemination.

EvaluATE acts as the evaluation resource center for the ATE program. They provide a variety of useful resources and activities for grantees related to evaluation. Check out their site to visit the resource library or sign up for an upcoming webinar.

Visit this site to find a diverse range of freely available video content – both full segments and clips – that highlight a variety of ATE related topics from automotive to nanotechnology.

ATE Central
Our own ATE Central site provides support on outreach and dissemination techniques, archiving support, an ATE events calendar and much more. For more ways that ATE Central can assist your project or center, be sure to check out the ATE Grantees section of the What can ATE Central do for Me page on ATE Central.

Getting Started Workshop
New community members should also make sure to check out the “Getting Started” workshop at this year’s PI conference. This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members looking for a smooth transition to ATE. The workshop will cover ATE program issues, financial management and grant management issues, and evaluation. ATE Central will be presenting at the session, so feel free to ask any questions you might have there or come visit us at our showcase booth.

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ATE Success Tips: Social Media

How to Simplify Your Social Media Routine

One of the most important aspects of growing and maintaining social media accounts is regularly posting new and interesting content. Frequent and varied material not only engages existing followers, but may attract new ones across the different accounts your project or center uses. While keeping up with all of the popular social media outlets can be daunting, there are a number of tools out there to help. For instance, Buffer helps users post social-media content across multiple social media accounts. Similar to Hootsuite and Tweetdeck, it is easy to use and simplifies posting routines by creating a schedule for what gets posted and when on your project or center’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest or Google+ pages. Whatever tool you use, streamlining your efforts can save considerable time, all the while ensuring that you are engaging multiple audiences to share the wonderful work you are doing with ATE.

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Did You Know?

Community colleges contribute greatly to our national economy. According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), $809 billion in income was added to the U.S. economy in 2012 by community colleges and their students.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Mfg Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing Online
Upcoming Events
Info Close It Summit Dallas, TX
Info State of Washingotn National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kickoff Bellevue, WA
Eng Future of the Connected Vehicle 7th Summit Novi, MI
Eng National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference Indianapolis, IN
Mfg Southern Automotive Conference Biloxi, MS
Info International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals West Coast Summit Mountain View, CA
Gen Writing in the Disciplines in Charleston, WV Charleston, WV
Nano Fourth Annual Manufacturers Awards Ceremony Oldsmar, FL
Gen Promoting Success in Math Charleston, WV
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Albany, NY Troy, NY
Mfg 2nd Annual Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire Farmington, CT
Eng The North Carolina Community College System Conference Raleigh, NC
Gen Chat Series: Q&A with S&T Policy Fellows Online
Gen Lasers & Photonics Tour @ IRSC / Newton - Optics & Huygens - Treatise on Light Fort Pierce, FL
Eng National Council for Workforce Education 2016 Conference Atlanta, GA
Eng NCATC 2016 Fall Conference Palatine, IL
Gen World of Works Expo Tuscaloosa, AL
Gen Strategies for Business Engagement Online
Info Strategies for Business Engagement (Includes Credential/ Curriculum Alignment) Online
Gen Labor Market and HR Management Implications of Entrepreneurship Online
Eng 2016 Mississippi Transportation Institute Conference Jackson, MS
Mfg Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference Birmingham, AL
Info 2016 Kentucky GIS Conference Covington, KY
Eng OSA Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science Rochester, NY
Gen Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference Birmingham, AL
Eng Comedy & Cocktails Warren, MI
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Ashtabula, OH Ashtabula, OH
Eng American Association of Port Authorities Convention New Orleans, LA
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - OK El Reno, Oklahoma
Info ATE Principal Investigators Conference Washington, D.C.
Info 39th Applied Geography Conference Louisville, KY
Eng Lasers in Manufacturing Symposium Ottumwa, IA
Bio/Chem 2016 National Instititues of Health Community College Day Bethesda, MD
Info Raspberry Pi Workshop Saratoga Springs, NY
Info National Inititive For Cybersecurity Education Confrence & Expo 2016 Kansas City, MO
Info NICE Conference and Expo Kansas City, MO
Gen Massachusetts STEM Summit Worcester, MA
Gen Governor's STEM Summit [DUPLICATE] Oklahoma City, OK
Eng Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop for College Instructors Opelika, AL
Eng Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop Fort Pierce,
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Altus, AR Booneville, AR
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - CA Pomona, CA
Eng M-STEM 2016 Owasso, OK
Eng STEMTech Conference Philadelphia, PA
Bio/Chem Biotechnology Education with a Focus on Careers at the Portland NSTA conference Portland, OR
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Georgetown, TX Georgetown, TX
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Millbrook, NY Millbrook, NY
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - NC Dobson, NC
Gen 2016 Leadership Seminar in Science & Technology Policy Washington, DC
Mfg FABTECH 2016 Las Vegas, NV
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Dobson, NC Dobson, NC
Info Effective Strategies for Job Placement Online
Ag/Env Wine Chemistry Workshop - Austin CC - TX Georgetown, TX
Gen Writing in the Disciplines Workshop in Texas San Antonio, TX
Eng ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2016 Las Vegas, NV
Ag/Env Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop - Santa Rosa, CA Forestville, CA

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

Archiving your deliverables with ATE Central is now easier than ever!

Upload your curriculum, professional development materials, or other deliverables created with ATE funding directly to the ATE Central resource portal via the new archive submission form.

Is your project/center on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site?

If so, please make sure we've found that site and added it to the ATE Social Media Directory. Having your social media presence linked through the directory will help ensure that interested parties can find you online. In addition, if you currently publish a newsletter, please let us know, as we will be adding links to newsletters to the information available on ATE Central.

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. The latest version (CWIS 3.9.1 beta) was released on and is available for download on the Scout site. Please email if you have any questions or would like a quick tour of its features!

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