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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 21)

June 11, 2013
Technicians use geospatial technologies to manage the Earth's resources. At the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center, a collaborative effort between colleges, universities and industry expands the geospatial workforce. Center partners work together to provide professional development, teaching and curriculum resources, career pathways and to model core competencies for geospatial technicians and technologists. GeoTech, which is located at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, has also assisted the U.S. Department of Labor in creating a national Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). The center's work on remote desktop application access technology makes it possible for students in middle and secondary schools to gain direct access to the most current geospatial application software. By eliminating the need for complicated installation and maintenance of application software, GeoTech center facilitates direct access to the latest geospatial technology by students who might not otherwise experience it. 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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