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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 26)

June 11, 2013
Students observe a 3-D projection of an aircraft engine at the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE) center. SC ATE is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. SC ATE is dedicated to expanding excellence in technician education and increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of engineering technology graduates to support business and industry and to encourage continued economic development. About NSF's ATE Program With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology 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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