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July 26, 2010
Installing solar panels contributes to sustainable energy in the future. The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) promotes and supports environmental and energy technology education to address the needs of the national and global workforce. [Image 2 of 12 related images. See Image 3.] (Date of Image: 2009)

More about this Image The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. ATEEC's latest efforts include an increased focus on green jobs, energy workforce gap analysis and training needs, professional development for educators, and our new sustainable energy resources section. ATEEC has established strong partnerships that provide a firm network for growth and innovation to build a sustainable future for the nation. ATEEC works in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Environmental and Energy Education to host an annual fellows institute for secondary educators and college faculty on environmental and energy technology issues and curriculum development.

ATEEC works in collaboration with the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), to identify environmental technology jobs and facilitate professional development programs. ATEEC also works with PETE's tribal college program to provide technical and instructional assistance, mentor community college faculty and co-host annual instructor conferences. ATEEC also works in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy lab on Sustainable Energy Education and Training workshops so educators can create and share lessons that build technicians' capacities to use sustainable energy in workplaces. ATEEC is located on the campus of Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. To learn more, visit the center's Web site Here.

NSF's ATE program supports efforts to improve the knowledge and skills of technicians who work in high-technology fields that drive the nation's economy. The program focuses on undergraduates, secondary school students and incumbent technicians, as well as on the educators who teach them. Community colleges are the main providers of education for technicians and have leadership roles in all ATE initiatives, working closely with industry, government and educators in other sectors to enhance the skills of the men and women who are essential to the vitality of the nation's economy. ATE partnerships help create new curricula; reform existing programs; enrich the technical knowledge of experienced college faculty members and teachers; prepare prospective educators with solid foundations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and undertake applied research on technological education. Further information on NSF's ATE Program is available Here.

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