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nsf ate centers preparing america s 21 st century workforce

NSF/ATE Centers: Preparing America’s 21st Century Workforce

Moderator: Linnea Fletcher, Co-PI, Bio-Link, Department Chair Biotechnology Austin Community College, NSF Program Director 2008-2010


Deborah Boisvert PI and Director, Boston-Area Advanced Technological Education Connections, University of Massachusetts

Deb Newberry, PI and Director, Nanoscience Technology, Dakota County Technical College

Marilyn Barger, PI and Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center

Elaine Johnson, PI and Director Bio-Link, City College of San Francisco

Robert J Spear, PI and Director, Cyberwatch, Prince George’s Community College

what is ate
What is ATE?
  • The Science and Advanced Technology Act of 1992 mandated the creation of ATE
  • Focuses on the education of science and engineering technicians
  • Community colleges have leadership roles on all projects.
look what happens when you put community colleges in the driver s seat
Look What Happens When You Put Community Colleges in the Driver’s Seat

Open Access


A Diverse Faculty and Staff


More Options, Opportunities

a community college that is a catalysis for change
A Community College That is a Catalysis for Change
  • Workforce Bridge Programs that Combine Developmental Education with Education Leading to a Job!
  • Less “Red Tape” Allows for More Innovation and Transformation
talking points
Talking Points
  • How have you built strategic business/industry partnerships, to support your program and support program graduates?
  • What industry driven curriculum is being adapted by ATE centers and community college partners?
  • Have you interwoven industry credentials/certifications into a rigorous educational program, and are the career pathways transparent to students (step –in/step-out points)?
  • What strategies have you employed to ensure timely student completion through your programs?
  •  What has been the impact on business/industry of the program graduates who are currently working (employee impact)?

NSF Focus on Community Colleges

  • Building American Skills by Strengthening Community Colleges
  • President Obama set two national goals: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, and community colleges will produce an additional 5 million graduates.
  • Role of Community Colleges in Undergraduate Education
  • Community colleges serve ~44% of the undergraduate students in the United States.
  • Half of the students who receive a baccalaureate degree attend community college in the course of their undergraduate studies.http://www.aacc.nche.edu/AboutCC/Trends/Pages/studentsatcommunitycolleges.aspx
advanced technological education ate
Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
  • The ATE program has supported close to 1000 projects and centers since its inception in 1994.
  • From 1994 to 2010, the ATE program has provided $654,700,000 in support of community college technician education programs.


  • ATE solicitation (11-692):
    • www.nsf.gov , Education, DUE
    • Formal Proposals: October 20, 2011
  • $64 million FY2011, same request for FY2012
  • Projects: up to $900,000 for 3-yrs
    • Small, new to ATE: $200,000 for 3-yrs
  • Centers: $1.6 – 5 million for 4-yrs
  • Targeted Research: up to $1.2 million for 4-yrs

Nano-Link will enable community colleges and high schools to infuse nanotechnology into the curriculum in easy stages.

Lead Institution: Dakota County Technical College

University Partner: University of Minnesota

PI: Deb Newberry deb.newberry@dctc.edu






A Module is…………..

  • Topic specific
  • 3 to 5 hours of class time
  • Background information on the topic
  • Prerequisites
  • List of companion traditional concepts
  • Lecture Power Points – Nano Concepts
  • As Appropriate:
    • Demonstrations
    • Activities
    • Experiments
  • Student Assessment
  • Topics for Discussion
  • Models, Simulations, animations
  • Related journal articles and worksheets
  • Module
  • Topic or concept specific
florida advanced technological education center
Florida Advanced Technological Education Center







FLATE will be Florida’s leading resource for education and training expertise, leadership, projects, and services to promote and support the workforce in the high performance production and manufacturing community.

Impact Locally, Lead Nationally





  • Support for College Programs
  • Innovative Career-Life Pathways
  • Comprehensive Statewide Outreach “Made in Florida”
  • Industry-Education Partnerships
  • Professional Development

Engineering Technology Education and Pathways at 10 Florida Colleges supporting Florida’s manufacturers


BATEC’s Summer International Exchange Program in Scotland allowed 9 Bunker Hill students to spend 4 weeks at Glasgow Caledonian University studying and working on projects across the campus.


BATEC Industry and Academic Partners work closely together to ensure that all students have the problem-solving techniques, performing computational thinking and other higher-order skills.