ERIC Number: ED357781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers Proposal to the Nation.
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Waco, TX.
In 1988, nine institutions operating advanced technology centers (ATC's) to provide workers with up-to-date technical skills formed the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC). The center was established to increase awareness of ATC's, serve as a forum for the discussion and demonstration of new and underused technologies, develop and facilitate a resource exchange program, and establish partnerships between public and private entities to enhance the performance of ATC's. There are currently over 70 center and associate members of the NCATC, all of which share a commitment to workforce development and industrial modernization. To help define the role of community and technical colleges in this process, the NCATC has developed a proposal to the nation, suggesting that NCATC members: (1) lead the establishment of training programs for high skill workplaces; (2) be the first choice to develop college extension programs in industrial and manufacturing technology; (3) facilitate the transition of science and math students from associate to baccalaureate degree granting institutions; (4) support small businesses by functioning as manufacturing training centers and shared flexible computer integrated manufacturing centers; (5) serve as test-beds for a national apprenticeship program; (6) provide continuous improvement training, including quality management training, for workers and companies; and (7) foster manufacturing partnerships and consortia. A list of member institutions and a map of their locations are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Educational Innovation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Manufacturing, Mission Statements, Organizational Objectives, School Business Relationship, Skill Centers, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Waco, TX.