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ERIC Number: EJ1092358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Transforming Tech Ed: The Advanced Technological Education Community Leads in Developing and Implementing Teaching Strategies
Patton, Madeline
Community College Journal, v86 n2 p26-32 Oct-Nov 2015
After years of working in the background to build the capacity of two-year college science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty and the skills of technicians, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is gaining recognition as a source of STEM workforce expertise. The ATE program's effective mentoring of STEM educators and its history of productive collaborations have provided the opening for these new ventures. Five ATE centers are currently providing technical assistance to colleges that have Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. This U.S. Department of Labor program emulates aspects of the smaller and older ATE program funded by the National Science Foundation. ATE centers, which receive the largest grants to address national or regional needs for specific fields, offer professional development for community college faculty and secondary school educators in addition to creating materials that develop highly qualified technicians. ATE projects typically focus on one aspect of STEM-program improvement and on the related goal of involving more underrepresented populations in STEM fields. All ATE projects and centers are expected to create model programs and activities that other institutions can adopt to facilitate STEM career pathways from secondary schools to two-year colleges and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions. What those innovations are and how they respond to evolving technologies depends on the ingenuity of ATE principal investigators, who are predominantly faculty members at two-year public colleges. In addition to encouraging scientific experimentation, the ATE program officers understand that new technologies can quickly alter how technicians carry out tasks and change what employers need technicians to know for their businesses to compete. Becoming part of the ATE community can begin with searching ATE Central for information about the plethora of resources generated by centers and projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Florida; Illinois; South Carolina; Wisconsin
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