Advanced Technological Education
ATE Grant #1104074
The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program provides grants to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy. The program is Congressionally mandated and focuses on both the undergraduate and the secondary school levels.
Because most technicians in the American workforce receive their education at associate degree granting institutions, the ATE program focuses on community colleges and expects community colleges to have a leadership role in all projects. In response to the growing need for well-prepared workers with adaptable skills, industries and businesses play a key role in most ATE projects. Nearly all projects involve partnerships of some kind - partnerships that bring together community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, secondary schools, business industry and government. For a complete description of the program, please refer to www.atecenters.org or www.nsf.gov/ate.
The American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation holds an annual ATE Principal Investigators Conference, sponsors a mentoring program for community colleges, and provides information and resources for community colleges currently involved in or seeking information about the ATE Program.
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.
The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.
The project title associated with this ATE grant award is:
Mother Lode Region Multimedia Technician (MLMT) Project
The Workforce Innovation Partnership initiative was designed to integrate economic and workforce development with career technical education to implement high impact, cutting edge projects that target high wage, high skill jobs for students.
The intent of the Workforce Innovation Partnerships (WIPs) grant is to develop projects aligned with Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Program Strategic Priority Areas (see below) pursuant to Education Code 88500 to prepare the future workforce of California with the skills needed for emerging high skill, high opportunity industry sectors.
EWD Program Strategic Priority Areas (Initiatives) include:
- Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy
- Applied Competitive Technologies
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Business and Workforce Improvement
- Environment, Health, Safety, and Homeland Security
- International Trade Development
- Health Workforce
- New Media, Multimedia, and Entertainment
Workplace Learning Resources
Participating colleges must have expertise in economic and workforce development, demonstrative faculty support, and a strong capacity to implement extremely visible, high impact projects that access the economic and workforce development regional centers to successfully align career technical programs provided in high schools with business and emerging industry sectors. The goals of Education Code 88532 (SB70) are:
- Align career technical programs provided in high schools with business and emerging industry sectors
- improve linkages and career-technical education pathways between high schools and community colleges for the benefit of pupils and students in both education systems and meet the emerging or changing needs of California’s regional economies.
- expand certificate programs and align existing career-technical education curriculum between high schools and community colleges to more targeted industry-driven programs through the models consistent with economic and workforce development strategic priority areas.
- create new articulated courses between high schools and community colleges and, where appropriate, four-year institutions.
- accelerate education and training for those students who choose to be prepared for career and technical employment opportunities in less traditional and more expeditious methods while maintaining and or improving student competencies. explore new and more relevant career and technical practicum models that integrate coursework and student internship.
- improve the quality of career exploration and career outreach materials improve dissemination of materials and curriculum to all middle schools and high schools.
Projects will use economic development strategies and build on regional economic trends, targeting high wage, high skill jobs of the future for students. High school students should benefit by having clear pathways to relevant career fields and a better understanding of future high wage, high skill jobs. Community colleges’ strengths in economic and workforce development will aid in providing applied academics, maximize instruction and the leverage of resources; and enhance flexible market responsiveness through innovative efforts in creating vital career pathways for students preparing them for entry-level jobs. In addition, participating colleges will be required to develop a marketing plan which is target focused (i.e. funding sources; legislature; etc.) Include a clear description of the intended customer; a needs analysis including major economic and workforce drivers of the region and available alternatives; and how these needs will be addressed to create outcomes that add value for the customer. Development of this component is critical in the marketing of deliverables and successful outcomes that will promote long-term sustainability and cultivate partnerships and engage with stakeholders.
Moreover, the Workforce Innovation Partnerships shall be workforce and business development driven with advisory input from faculty, administrators, practitioners and managers from business, labor, and industry. Projects will work with regional partners to efficiently support and respond to employer, student and workforce needs through the system’s community colleges and their partners. Projects should strive to identify high quality career pathways and training priorities and focus resources for high growth sectors. Projects should develop innovative service delivery models with the flexibility to meet the demand for new and emerging growth sectors and be formed, modified, eliminated, and reformed for short- or long-term responses customized to the duration of the need.
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