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ERIC Number: EJ902285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Winning the Global Skills Race: National Centers Prime Students for Success in Emerging Job Markets
Murray, Corey
Community College Journal, v78 n1 p32-35 Aug-Sep 2007
This article talks about a joint effort between the National Science Foundation and the nation's community colleges that helps students secure jobs in technical career fields. It describes Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE), National Science Foundation's (NSF's) premier initiative with two-year colleges that was created in response to a burgeoning need for workers with enhanced technical prowess. Buoyed by a hearty federal grant program--Congress awarded NSF some $45 million in competitive grants for ATE's continued expansion in 2006--and partnerships with local community colleges, ATE program directors have launched 32 national "Centers of Excellence," each specializing in one of six evolving job markets: (1) agriculture technology and biotechnology; (2) chemical and process technology; (3) engineering technology; (4) environmental technology; (5) information technology; and (6) manufacturing and nanotechnology. Supporters of the program--which benefits some 400,000 students nationwide--say the centers promote stronger collaboration with industry while enabling students to experience firsthand the rigors of "real-world" employment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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