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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 8)

June 11, 2013
Students use nano-link modules to apply nanoscience tools in an array of industry settings at the Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education, or Nano-Link, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center. Located at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., Nano-Link is a collaboration involving six colleges across the upper Midwest. Through its modular packaging of nanotechnology content, Nano-Link enables community colleges and high schools to infuse nanotechnology into curricula in easy stages; creates self-contained, complete and technically sound topical and contextual modules; and coordinates career path options with student abilities, industry needs and university programs. 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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