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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 23)

June 11, 2013
Students learn advanced welding processes in programs sponsored by the National Center for Welding Education and Training (or Weld-Ed), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center. Located in Elyria, Ohio, Weld-Ed is a collaboration of community colleges, universities, workforce agencies, and business and industry members representing welding and materials joining industry perspectives. Weld-Ed's primary mission is to expand the number of higher skilled welding technicians while at the same time addressing the overall welding and materials joining needs of a multifaceted industry. The center also seeks to improve the education of associate degree students in welding technology through curriculum model development and enhancement, design and deliver professional development for welding educators, and conduct research on education and employment trends in welding. 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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