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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Debbie Mills, Director, NCPN

This issue of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) newsletter, Connections, focuses on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers and their work. The ATE program was created by NSF to strengthen the skills of technicians whose work is vitally important to the nation's prosperity and security. Programs focus on undergraduates, secondary school students, and incumbent technicians, as well as the educators who teach them. (Read)

ATE@20 SHOWCASES ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF NSF'S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is celebrating twenty years of supporting technician education this year.

Begun in 1993, the ATE program supports innovative efforts to improve the education of incumbent and prospective technicians, and the professional development of educators who teach them. The program focuses on technician preparation in fields vital to the nation's security such as information technology, manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and engineering technology. (Read)

NATIONAL CENTER FOR SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Resources for Education and Industry

The National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (SCTE) was established in August 2011 under a four-year $3.5 million NSF ATE grant. SCTE is led by Norco College of the Riverside Community College District in California, in partnership with four other community colleges located along major national supply chain routes: Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky; Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois; Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; and Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington. (Read)

PROVIDING REAL-WORLD LEARNING EXPERIENCES IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE AND NETWORK SECURITY

The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA)

In 2002, Moraine Valley Community College applied for and was awarded the National Science Foundation's first comprehensive regional center for cybersecurity. The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Resource Center. This National Science Foundation ATE program is designed to invest in workforce capacity building for the high-tech careers that are in great demand. Since 2003, Erich Spengler has been Principal Investigator of CSSIA. The staff at CSSIA has worked to provide students throughout the nation real-world learning experiences in information assurance and network security through several program improvement supportive initiatives. (Read)

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOFT SKILLS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)

Employers rate communication "soft skills" as highly desirable traits in employees and as critical skills for effective interaction with co-workers. Soft skills such as the ability to work well on teams, clear communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, how to offer and receive feedback, and creative problem solving are a few of the many interpersonal skills that are considered important attributes for successful employees. Technical professions have determined that soft skills are a necessary compliment to "hard skills" on the job, but soft skills have traditionally taken a back seat to hard skills such as those found in the high-technology work environment. (Read)

AMTEC: A NATIONAL CAREER PATHWAY MODEL THAT WORKS

Based on a National Longitudinal Case Study of Exemplary Pathways That Work

The AMTEC National Center (autoworkforce.org) is an NSF-funded project that applauds the success of its vision in creating an automotive/community college collaborative (12 states, 34 auto related plants, and 30 community colleges) that has delivered international core technical curriculum, assessments, and credentialing that are filling the high-priority needs of automotive manufacturers and suppliers. "There are approximately 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in the United States simply because employers cannot find people with the skills they need." (Deloitte & Touche and the Manufacturing Institute).(Read)

THE CAREERS IN TRANSPORTATION CURRICULUM PROJECT: FREE, HIGH-QUALITY TRANSPORTATION-RELATED CURRICULUM MATERIALS ARE NOW JUST A CLICK AWAY

Frances Beauman, Project Director of the Careers in Transportation Curriculum Project, and Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Curriculum Developer and Learning Facilitator, Indian River State College; Common Core Standards Project Advisor

This exciting curriculum design project was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). It was originally developed as a partnership among the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, Nebraska, Missouri, Virginia, and Texas. Now teachers throughout the country are using these free, high-quality transportation-related curriculum materials. Using the National Career Cluster materials developed by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), with funding provided by the U. S Department of Education (USDOE), the project first identified the current state of available transportation curriculum materials, and then developed additional resources. (Read)

BUILDING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WEBINAR

Subject Matter Expert Lead: Debra Mills

The first of the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series, Building Strategic Partnerships webinar will focus on building partnerships to support your career pathways programs through structure, governance, and strategic planning. Event themes include: partnerships goals, identifying partners, structure and governance, roles and responsibilities, partnership operation, and sustaining a partnership. (Read)

© 2013 CORD. Connections is distributed to members of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) as a benefit of membership. To become a member, visit ncpn.info. NCPN, an organization of CORD (cord.org), assists its members in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving workforce education programs. Questions? Mark Whitney, 254-741-8315, mwhitney@cord.org