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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 9)

June 11, 2013
Teachers purify green fluorescent protein during a workshop sponsored by the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center. The center, which is located at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa., coordinates local and regional efforts into a national biomanufacturing education and training system to promote, create and sustain a qualified workforce. Services from NBC2 are fueling the growth of biomanufacturing education programs nationally. More than 2,700 students were enrolled in 47 biotechnology degree programs in 17 states in the fall of 2009. Thirty-four of these biotechnology programs had at least one NBC2 biomanufacturing course within their degree program. More than 100 high-school teachers participated in professional development opportunities at six Protein Is Cash workshops that were held in six states during 2010. Approximately 10,800 high-school students benefited from the instruction their teachers received. Also, five community colleges, five high schools, and one university in eight states used NBC2's expertise and biomanufacturing curricular materials during 2010 to develop and nurture their new programs in support of local and regional biomanufacturers. 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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