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July 26, 2010
A graduate of a sustainable horticultural and natural resource program removes invasive plants from municipal wastewater treatment wetlands. The Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR) develops natural resource curriculum material used by college faculty in programs that educate advanced technicians and students in natural resource and environmental majors. [Image 4 of 12 related images. See Image 5.] (Date of Image: 2009)

More about this Image NCSR is a national resource center focused on creating, disseminating and supporting adaptation of natural resource curriculum materials. These materials feature topics including environmental monitoring, habitat preservation and restoration, mapping, instrumentation, and other related skills woven within the context of managing complex ecosystems. Established in 1995 with funding from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, the NCSR has become a national collaborative of partners from education, business and industry, American-Indian tribes, and government agencies, providing a unique national, natural resources-based education information network. Materials developed are used in college programs in the major subject areas of environmental and biological sciences and natural resource technical courses in fisheries, forestry, wildlife and environmental science programs. Other materials focus on integrating natural resource management concepts into secondary science courses such as biology, to ensure a wide range of understanding of ecosystem-based resource sustainability. NCSR is located at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. 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. [All NCSR materials have been developed with the support of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, currently under grant DUE 07-57239.]


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