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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 25)

June 11, 2013
Students operate a glass distillation training unit. The Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center at the College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas, supports the development of a highly skilled, educated and diverse process technician workforce for the chemical manufacturing, refining, oil and gas production, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry sectors. To accomplish this, CAPT focuses on three models: One for pre-hire education in process technology (PTEC), one for new hire training, and one for incumbent training. The center is a national collaboration between education and industry in eight partner alliances in its commitment to process technology education. 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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