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June 11, 2013
Technicians at Avnet Inc., a distributor of electronic components, operate a flash programmer. Avnet Inc. partners with MATEC NetWorks (the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center--NetWorks), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center. MATEC NetWorks provides venues for creating, sharing and promoting digital resources and faculty professional development for semiconductor manufacturing, automation, electronics and micro and nanotechnologies. The NetWork's digital library contains classroom ready resources that are current, relevant and easy to implement into curriculum. They also provide free, online Webinars, a Techspectives blog and the @MATEC Newsletter to keep people up to date with emerging technologies and educational issues. 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)

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