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Apply to Mentor-Connect if you…

  • Work for a community college that has not benefitted from National Science Foundation grant funding in the past 10 years.
  • Recognize that your college needs to develop or strengthen STEM technician education programs to meet industry needs.
  • Want assistance in preparing a competitive grant proposal for the National Science Foundations’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.
2017 Mentor-Connect Outreach and Technical Assistance Workshop
February 01-03, 2017

The Monteleone Hotel New Orleans, LA

THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY AND REQUIRES REGISTRATION.

Mentor-Connect cohort participants selected for one-on-one mentoring are invited to meet their mentors, get training and resources for proposal development for potential National Science Foundation (NSF), Advanced Technological Education (ATE) funding. This is a kick-off to the approximately 9 months of work that will occur towards submission of a competitive grant proposal.

Small-Scale Evaluation
Wednesday , February 15, 2017 01:00-02:00 PM

Online-MATEC Networks Webinar Host

Small-scale projects need small-scale evaluation. Properly scoping an evaluation for a small project requires defining realistic process and outcome indicators and maximizing use of limited resources. In addition, evaluations need to be planned to produce timely and compelling evidence to set the stage for future funding and project growth. In the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, “small grants” are $200,000 or less over three years, awarded to community colleges that have not been funded by ATE within the past 10 years. Webinar participants will learn the basics of small-scale evaluation, using a typical ATE small project as the case example. 

Participants will be able to

  • Identify feasible and realistic indicators for both process and outcome evaluation
  • Develop timelines for data collection and reporting to ensure evidence is available when needed for reporting and new proposal development
  • Develop an appropriate budget for a small-scale evaluation
  • Plan for utilizing both internal personnel and an external evaluator to implement an evaluation

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SC ATE: SC ATE is dedicated to expanding excellence in technician education and increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of industrial and engineering technicians to support business and industry and to encourage continued economic development.

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SCATE Inc. (non-profit): SCATE Inc. provides evaluation, promotes best practices, consults with educators, collaborates with private and public entities, and conducts research with a focus on serving two-year technical and community colleges.

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In the Spotlight

News Alerts:
Effective January 30, 2017, NSF has a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that should be followed. 

PPAPG Screenshot

 
NSF funding opportunities on the horizon
Connecting colleges to NSF-ATE grants
Mentor-Connect received HI-TEC Award at the 2016 HI-TEC Conference
HI-TEC Award Photo
Mentor-Connect Expands the ATE Community
(Published on ATE@20 Blog: Click Here)
(Published on Community College Daily: Click Here)
The Magic of Mentor-Connect

Archived Webinars:
Webinar: NSF ATE Program Funding Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation Webinar is now available!

In this webinar, The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Mentor-Connect project personnel inform participants about NSF ATE Program benefits, Mentor-Connect, and how to apply and receive assistance via the 2016-17 Mentor-Connect Mentorship.

Affiliated Materials Link (i.e Associated Files Link):
http://bit.ly/2cQHkPj - PowerPoint Slides

http://bit.ly/2cQXzQB - Handout

Webinar: NSF Guidance on Financial Management of ATE Grants: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! is now available!

In this webinar, experts from the National Science Foundation addressed important information concerning financial management and grant management for ATE grant recipients and who to contact about what. The focus was on financial accounting issues and problems often seen in monitoring visits such as participant support, time and effort accounting, sub-awardees, record keeping, changes in scope, overload, and use of consultants. Participants had an opportunity to pose questions and get answers directly from NSF personnel.

Webinar: Preparing a Budget and Budget Justification for your NSF ATE Proposal is now available!

In this webinar, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Mentor-Connect project personnel (DUE# 1204463 and DUE# 1501183) provided information and step-by-step instructions for completing essential budget components. Participants had an opportunity to learn what information needs to be entered into each budget category of the NSF budget form; learn how to prepare a budget justification; learn how to recognize the mutual dependence between the budget and project description; be alerted to common errors that can be avoided; and get answers to questions on budget development and forms. Dr. Celeste Carter, Lead Program Director/Officer for the ATE Program at the National Science Foundation was one of the presenters.

Affiliated Materials Link (i.e Associated Files Link): http://bit.ly/1TG1zjw
(PowerPoint Slides, Handout, and a link to this webinar)

Tutorial Link: http://bit.ly/1U9bYQz
(A condensed shorter version of this webinar and materials)

Webinar: Small Project Evaluation: Principles and Practices is now available!

In this webinar, staff from EvaluATE and The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Mentor-Connect project personnel (DUE# 1204463 and DUE# 1501183) provided information on approaches and strategies to plan and implement effective evaluations of smaller projects, including budget considerations for implementing these evaluation approaches. Small budgets create unique challenges in identifying impact and effectiveness of grant-funded work. Questions were addressed, such as how can meaningful evaluation plans be developed for “Small Grants for Institutions New to ATE” or other small-budget grant proposals?

Affiliated Materials Link (i.e Associated Files Link): http://bit.ly/1RkEuNe
(PowerPoint Slides, Handout, and a link to this webinar)

Webinar: Preparing Forms for Your NSF ATE Proposal is now available!

In this webinar, staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Mentor-Connect project personnel (DUE# 1204463 and DUE# 1501183) highlighted the process for filling out various forms that are required in the NSF ATE grant proposal process. Participants were able to learn the purpose of various forms associated with NSF ATE proposals, what information needed to be entered into each form, the importance of providing consistent information on forms and other components of a proposals, and be alerted to common errors that can be avoided. Participants were also able to get answers to questions on completing required proposal forms.

Affiliated Materials Link (i.e Associated Files Link): http://bit.ly/1VfEYLF
(PowerPoint Slides, Handout, and a link to this webinar)

Tutorial Link: http://bit.ly/1sRqOp7.
(A condensed shorter version of this webinar and materials)

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