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Advanced Technological Education (ATE)


Thursday, October 08, 2015

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective STEM teachers that focus on technological education. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education. For example, with

·         the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) as applicable to support technician education programs and the industries they serve;
·         Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation workforce development issues;
·         Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career & Training (TAACCCT) program awardees; and
·         NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC) awardees.

The ATE program encourages proposals from Minority Serving Institutions and other institutions that support the recruitment, retention, and completion of underrepresented students in technician education programs.  NSF is particularly interested in proposals from all types of Minority Serving Institutions (including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) where the proportion of underrepresented students interested in advanced technology careers is growing.

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