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June 11, 2013
A student examines a protein sample for gel electrophoresis at the Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, or Bio-Link, located at the City College of San Francisco in California. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, Bio-Link supports a cadre of well-trained instructors and is increasing the number and quality of biotechnology programs for students. Bio-Link brings a wide range of underrepresented students to biotechnology that have the knowledge and skills essential to the field, as well as the ability to continue with more advanced education in math, science and engineering. Bio-Link enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting-edge, professional development for instructors, improving curriculum, making use of technologies, and creating a system for sharing information. About NSF's ATE Program With an emphasis on two-year colleges, NSF's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation's economy. ATE involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. ATE supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education. This image appeared in the ATE Centers Impact 2011 report, which was prepared by the ATE centers with support from NSF grant DUE 10-40932, awarded to the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (www.atecenters.org)