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June 11, 2013
Students access the battery system during a class on automotive power systems at the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center located at the Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. CAAT is the result of collaboration between Macomb Community College (MCC) and Wayne State University (WSU) to provide a spectrum of educational opportunities to meet the needs of the growing electrification field. MCC and WSU are working with a number of local and regional partners to encourage the economic transformation of southeast Michigan and to build on the region's heritage as the hub of the global auto industry. CAAT partners with industry, education, government, and professional organizations to support local economic development; identifies funding opportunities through these partnerships for curricula creation and adaptation across the advanced automotive technology spectrum; advances the preparation of students for careers in new and developing advanced automotive technologies through the establishment of seamless 2+2+2 educational pathways (high school to community college to university); the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts into high-school curricula; and faculty professional development. 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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