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The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program awards over $50,000,000 (yes, 50 million dollars) per year to promote the education of technicians for high-tech fields driving the U.S. economy. (Read more)

The time is right to get involved with the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. Recently published articles (Time, July 20, 2009; and "Brainstorm," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2009) and comments made by the administration indicate that community colleges can and do play a role in economic recovery, promote emerging energy technologies, and promote green technology. (Read more)

Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) has been funded since 2004 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Based at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus, FLATE's mission is to create a manufacturing educational delivery system by offering the curriculum development, technical programs, best practice demonstrations, student involvement, and outreach activities necessary to meet the workforce capacity and high-performance skill needs of manufacturing sectors throughout the state of Florida. (Read more)

Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) is a partnership of six community colleges, thirty K-12 school districts, and a university, all located in the greater Boston area. A National Science Foundation-funded Regional Center for Information Technology (IT), BATEC is transforming education to develop the 21st-century IT professional. (Read more)

In September of 2008, Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) in Rosemount, Minnesota, was awarded a four-year NSF-ATE grant to establish Nano-Link, a regional center. The focus of Nano-Link is nanotechnology education for two-year college students and incumbent workers. (Read more)
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If You Missed the 2009 Conference ...
The 2009 NCPN conference in Atlanta was one of our best ever. Kudos to everyone who contributed. In case you missed it, you can still get useful information from our presenters. Go here for a sample of presentation summaries, handouts, and PowerPoints.

The 2010 conference will be held October 20–23 at the Sheraton Hotel (formerly Adams Mark) in downtown Dallas, Texas. Visit often for the latest information.