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June 11, 2013
A technician at Honda reviews information from an emissions test unit. Honda is one of many industry leaders that work with CARCAM, the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center, to develop and redesign community college workforce education for todays globally competitive environment. With advice from Alabamas leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers, CARCAM's staff continually reviews courses for automotive manufacturing technician degree programs and ensures that the curricula of the colleges that collaborate with CARCAM meet industry needs. CARCAM seeks to attract, enroll, and graduate a diverse population of students in manufacturing careers. 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)