ATE Centers

Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC)

Eastern Iowa Community College District, Bettendorf, Iowa (1994)

ATEEC's mission is the advancement of environmental technology (ET) education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation's community colleges and high schools. ATEEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and is a partnership of the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute, the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, and the University of Northern Iowa.


AgrowKnowledge: The National Center for Agriscience & Technology Education

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

The goal of AgrowKnowledge, The National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, is to strengthen the nation's agriculture technology curriculum and instruction by working with business, industry, education, government and professional associations to improve the math, science and technical competencies of agriculture technology students across the country.


Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC)

University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) is a National Science Foundation funded center that is working to develop and promote a coordinated, self-sustaining, regional education and workforce development system for IT -- one that will attract a diverse student population to IT careers, promote lifelong learning of IT skills and support the workforce needs of the region's IT companies and departments.


Bio-Link: A National Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology

San Francisco Community College District, San Francisco, CA (1998)

Bio-Link is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology. Bio-Link is the 11th NSF ATE Center funded since the inception of the technician-focused NSF ATE program in 1993.


California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE)

College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

The California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) project is a joint effort between seven community colleges and over 30 large high tech engineering/technology employers. Its purpose is to develop a regional approach to workforce preparation and training, and to meet emerging needs for innovative, flexible strategies to educate the workforce in new, technological advances in a wide range of high demand engineering technology fields. A few of these fields are: Computer Servicing, Computer Networking, Electronic Technologies, and Robotics.


Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT)

College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

As a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center, the mission of the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT) is to lead education, industry, and government policymakers in developing the skilled Process Technology (PT) workforce necessary for U.S. process industries to remain globally competitive. The gap between the demand for skilled process technicians and the current supply remains a significant problem for the chemical, refining, exploration and production, and pharmaceutical sectors of the industry. Through competency-based curriculum products, professional development opportunities, career promotion products, and innovative partnerships, CAPT plays a pivotal role in developing the PT workers needed to fill these jobs.


Center for the Advancement of Systems Security & Information Assurance (CSSIA)

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

This center will be established to address the needs for IT security professionals by increasing faculty expertise and higher education training programs in IT security and data assurance. The center will collect, categorize, adapt, enhance, standardize, and evaluate curriculum and offer training programs to community colleges and university faculty and students across the Midwest.


Center for Information Technology Education (CITE)

Nashville State Community College, Nashville, TN

CITE is a consortium of two-year colleges, universities, secondary schools, businesses, industries and governmental organizations responding to our region's need for well-prepared IT workers having adaptable skills. CITE is dedicated to improving the workforce pipeline through education reform, re-skilling of educators and workers, and dissemination of information about IT jobs and skills, curricula, and education and training opportunities in the region.


Convergence Technology Center Convergence Technology Center

Collin County Community College, Frisco, TX

The main purpose of the Convergence Technology Center is to pull together the strengths of regional educational institutions and business and industry partners to create a Convergence Technology AAS degree and certificate program at community colleges; thereby increasing the quantity and quality of convergence technicians, including both the enterprise and home markets, available to the workforce.


Florida Advanced Technological Education Center

Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL

The mission of FL-ATE, a NSF-ATE Regional Center of Manufacturing Education, is to create a manufacturing educational delivery system by offering the technical programs, curriculum development, best practice demonstrations, student involvement and outreach activities necessary to meet the workforce capacity and high performance skill needs of the manufacturing sectors within its region.


Information Technology Education Center in Florida

Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, FL

iTEC was established to promote the development of curricula, processes, and infrastructure that will improve programs and create a statewide delivery system to educate and train technicians. The Center represents a statewide partnership of educational institutions led by two community colleges, three school systems and two major state universities.


Kentucky Information Technology Center

University of Kentucky Lexington Community College and Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Lexington, KY

KITCenter will enable two-year colleges in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to prepare highly skilled information technology workers needs to fill high-paying jobs with existing and new Kentucky companies.


The Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC)

Maricopa Community College, Phoenix, AZ (1996)

The Center has been established by the National Science Foundation through its Advanced Technology Education program to promote the development of a world class work force in the semiconductor manufacturing and related supporting industries. MATEC acts through its education and industry partners to develop curricula at the community college level, sponsor faculty internships and training programs and encourage enrollment in and awareness of the programs on a national basis.


Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE)

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA (1997)

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a national partnership of educational institutions and organizations working to improve marine technical education in the U.S. and to meet the workplace needs of America's marine-related workforce and employers.


Midwest Center for Information Technology

AIM Institute, Omaha, NE

The Midwest Center for Information Technology is a partnership of ten community colleges in the four-state region of Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota working in collaboration with K-12 school districts, four-year colleges and universities, and employers to, strengthen and expand the region's information technology workforce.


The Mid-Pacific ICT Center (MPICT)

MPICT coordinates, improves and promotes ICT education, with an emphasis on 2-year colleges, in northern California, northern Nevada, southern Oregon, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories.


National Center for Manufacturing Education

Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (1994)

The NCME provides ongoing national leadership in developing manufacturing engineering technicians with strong fundamental and technical skills, enabling them and their employers to achieve sustained success.


High Performance Computing National Center of Excellence for High Performance Computing Technology

Maui Community College, Kahului, HI

The National Center of Excellence is a consortium of four community colleges and respective supercomputing center and industry partners that develops educational programs in high performance computing technology. The National Center was funded by the National Science Foundation October 1, 2002 for a three-year period.


The National Network for Pulp & Paper Technology Training

Alabama Southern Community College, Thomasville, AL

The Center prepares faculty to become fully engaged in the American Forest and Paper Association’s Agenda 2020 initiative to develop a technologically advanced workforce. The (npt)2 utilizes a scholarships-internships-jobs model for students and professional development programs for high school and college faculty.


The National Science Digital Library

Boulder, CO (2000)

NSDL was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2000 as a free online library which directs users to exemplary resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research. NSDL provides an organized point of access to STEM content that is aggregated from a variety of other digital libraries, NSF-funded projects, and NSDL-reviewed web sites. NSDL also provides access to services and tools that enhance the use of this content in a variety of contexts. NSDL is designed primarily for K-16 educators, but anyone can access and search the library at no cost. Access to most of the resources discovered through NSDL is free; however, some content providers require a nominal fee or subscription to retrieve their specific resources.


National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET)

Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA (1995)

The mission of the NorthWest Center for Emerging Technologies is to advance Information Technology (IT) education to improve the supply, quality, and diversity of the IT workforce by preparing and educating the versatile knowledge workers of the future.


New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education (NJCATE), A National Center

Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ (1995)

The New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education is dedicated to the continuous improvement of technician education by providing quality products and services responsive to the technical workforce needs of the 21st century. This center also provides the National Engineering Technology Education Clearinghouse as a resource.


Nondestructive Testing Resource Center

This site was designed to be a comprehensive source of information and materials for NDT and NDE technical education. The site was created by NDT professionals and educators from around the world.


Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR)

Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR (1995)

The Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR) project is a collaborative effort of partners from Oregon, Washington, and northern California, including high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, private industries, government agencies, and Native American tribes. The project creates a national Center of Excellence for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. Grant funds are committed to serving the dual roles of enhancing curriculum in natural resources technology programs at community colleges and providing an information network for the region and the nation.


Pennsylvania Regional Center for Nanofabrication Manufacturing Education

Penn State University, University Park, PA

The Penn State Nanofab is focused on developing, sustaining, and utilizing micro- and nanofabrication in the support of user R & D activities in a wide range of areas including physics, chemistry, medicine, biology, and engineering. The Nanofab is also committed to Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) workforce development and education through its NMT Program and outreach activities including Nanofab Chip Camps for students in grades 8-12 and workshops for secondary and post-secondary educators.


Project to Support Chemistry-Based Technician Education

American Chemical Society, Washington, DC


Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing

Connecticut Community Colleges

The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing addresses the need for highly skilled workers in the new manufacturing workplace by building programs that provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing. The Center is directed by the Connecticut College of Technology (COT), a virtual organization representing technology curriculum geared toward engineering and technician training offered at Connecticut's 12 community colleges.


South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, National Resource Center for Engineering Technical Education (SC ATE)

Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC (1996)

SC ATE is a National Science Foundation grant-funded project dedicated to increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of Engineering Technology graduates to support economic development in South Carolina.


Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute a Community College, Albuquerque, NM

The SCME will provide the microsystems industry with workforce development models, materials, and professional development opportunities for communities developing microsystems technology clusters. The SCME will assist this industry in establishing national skill standards for technicians and creating a skilled microsystems workforce.


SpaceTEC National Aerospace Technical Education Center

Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL

SpaceTECtm will formalize aerospace technician education nationally and establish a skills-based standards program that has industry-wide endorsement. The Center will sponsor regional and national advisory committees, national articulation with K-12 and post-secondary institutions, a national professional development organization, a formal certification process in conjunction with the National Skills Standards Board, innovative faculty development, resources for national dissemination, coordinated curriculum development, and instructional materials with space-related themes for non-aerospace disciplines such as English and Humanities.


Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education (TIME Center)

The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

The TIME Center is a partnership among four Maryland Community Colleges, several statewide and regional industry groups and several government agencies. The Center's mission is to assist regional manufacturers to meet their current and future workforce needs and improve the technical and workplace support skills of new and current technicians and workers. The Center will focus its energies on: curriculum modernization; regional skill standards and assessments; enhanced recruitment to manufacturing careers; professional development for HS and CC faculty; and the development of a web portal that will connect all manufacturing stakeholders while providing access to a wide range of industry information and services.