Welcome to the newsletter of the National Career Pathways Network.

Volume 26, No. 4: Focus on the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) Program

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Each year's NCPN conference includes a "mini-strand" on the NSF ATE program. Representatives of NSF ATE national centers of excellence present information on their programs and the important strides they are taking in strengthening the American workforce in high-tech fields.

In this issue of Connections we hear from Marilyn Barger, Executive Director and PI of FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence), who provides an overview of NSF ATE. Vincent DiNoto, Director and PI of GeoTECH: National Geospatial Center of Excellence, describes the many activities of his center in Louisville, Kentucky, including the development of an interactive program locator map. Richard Roberts, Assistant Director of the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center (SC ATE) at Florence Darlington Technical College, previews the SC ATE session at the upcoming conference, which will dispell "myths about STEM education and how much post-high school education a student really needs to be very successful.” Danine Alderete-Tomlin, Executive Director and PI of AMTEC (Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative), discusses her center’s industry-validated mechatronics curriculum. Linnea Fletcher, Department Chair and Biotechnology Executive Director at AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center at Austin Community College, discusses the creation of bioscience skill standards. And Ann Beheler, Executive Director and PI of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), has contributed an excellent article on free online resources.

Many thanks to this issue's impressive roster of contributing authors!

To get a taste of the important work the NSF ATE program is accomplishing, don't miss the conference in Indianapolis. The event's 1200+ attendees will consist of a broad cross-section of stakeholders comprising secondary and postsecondary educators, workforce development professionals, and employers. Along with 140+ breakout sessions, there will be outstanding keynotes and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services in CTE and related education reform initiatives.

See you there!

Debbie Mills
Director, NCPN

Register online at www.ncpn.info.

NSF ATE: Promoting the Technologies That Drive America's Economy

Marilyn Barger, Executive Director and PI, FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence)

GeoTECH: Empowering Colleges and Expanding the Geospatial Workforce

Vincent DiNoto, Director and PI, GeoTECH: National Geospatial Center of Excellence

Skeptical Thoughts to Emerging Minds

Richard H. Roberts, Jr., Assistant Director, South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center (SC ATE), Florence Darlington Technical College

Advancing Mechatronics Technical Education to Create a Globally Competitive Technician

Danine Alderete-Tomlin, AMTEC Executive Director and PI, National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing

How to Create an Entry-Level Certificate from Core Bioscience Skill Standards

Linnea Fletcher, Department Chair, Biotechnology Executive Director, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Austin Community College

Free Online Resources Available to All, Supported by the National Science Foundation

Ann Beheler, Executive Director and PI, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC)

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates (WIOA Regulations • Sustaining Career Pathways Efforts • Recruitment and Community Outreach)