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Apply to Mentor-Connect if you…

  • Work for a community college that has not benefited from National Science Foundation grant funding in the past 7 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.
HSI Faculty Development Workshop
February 24, March 31, 202012:00-11:00 PM

Lehman College/CUNY

Apply by March 31, 2020, to attend an NSF-funded workshop that will train faculty in best practices for quantitative reasoning instruction! 

Download a flyer that provides more details about the workshop here.

Project's goal is for those who attend the training program to return home and serve as leaders on their home campus for this hands-on approach to teaching quantitative reasoning skills!

  • Workshop is designed to show faculty how to infuse data analysis into their course instruction and their training focuses largely on showcasing a survey research activity that makes use of Google forms and spreadsheets.
  • Faculty is welcomed from a wide range of disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, history, education, health sciences, journalism, as well as more traditional STEM fields. 
  • Attendees must come from a minority-serving institution (such as an HSI or HBCU).
  • Workshop will be held on June 29th to June 30th at Lehman College, in the Bronx, in NYC (each day is a full day).
  • Teams of at least two people are required to come from each institution (they could both be faculty, but it would also be acceptable to have a faculty member and an administrator). 
  • Twenty guests will be welcomed to each workshop so apply ASAP.
  • Project will be holding three additional workshops in the years ahead, so if someone might be interested in coming, but cannot attend this year, they are still encouraged to complete their questionnaire. Also, depending on response, some faculty may be invited to come in future years. 
  • A stipend of $500 for local attendees and $1,000 for those traveling a long distance (greater than 60 miles) will be provided as well as breakfast and lunch.
  • Each interested party must complete a questionnaire
Interested faculty/administrators need to complete questionnaire by March 31, 2020.
The questionnaire link is here:
Learn more about their project here, which they call DARE (Data Analysis Research Experience):
For those that this workshop doesn’t seem appropriate too, kindly forward this message to your colleagues in other departments/schools, such as the ones indicated above.
Workshop is provided by the Faculty Development and Student Engagement in Data Analysis (FDSEDA) Project: Building Capacity in Numeracy among Underrepresented Students. 
For more information, please contact the Principal Investigators (PIs) on this project:
Esther Isabelle Wilder
Sociology, Lehman College
Eduardo Vianna
Social Sciences, LaGuardia Community College
Dahlia Remler
Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

Culturally Responsive Instruction in HSIs: Specific Instructional Strategies that Work
Thursday , April 02, 2020 01:00-02:00 PM


In this webinar, Dr. Melissa L. Salazar, CEO of ESCALA Educational Services, will familiarize faculty and administrators with the concept of culturally responsive instruction as applied to the specific context of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Dr. Salazar will draw on her organization’s work with more than 300 HSI faculty and staff over the past 7 years to show how culturally responsive instruction can close achievement gaps for Latinx students. Dr. Salazar will outline the principles that underlie culturally responsive instruction, and use these principles to explain why certain instructional strategies are more important than others in HSIs.  Dr. Salazar will also provide attending faculty with a student survey tool that can help faculty hone in on what students need, and help them to create a learning environment that is both academically rigorous and culturally balanced. The seminar will provide concrete examples of how STEM faculty in ESCALA’s programs have used results of their student surveys to adapt their course to be more culturally responsive. Additionally, Dr. Elena Ortiz, Biology faculty from Phoenix College will share how she has implemented an ESCALA-based practice and the impacts to her classroom. Bobby Alvarado, Welding Instructor from Arizona Western College (AWC), will present practices he uses at AWC to help his students feel welcome, respectful of each other's culture and backgrounds, engaged with STEM, and/or prepared for the cultures they may encounter as they transition to the workforce.  


BIO: Melissa L. Salazar

(PhD Science Education, University of California-Davis, BS Chemistry UC Berkeley).  Dr. Salazar has over 25 years of experience in the field of STEM education as both a K-12 and two and four year college instructor. In 2013 she launched ESCALA Educational Services, a professional development company based in the U.S. Southwest, in order to address the lack of instructional support for higher education faculty who work with Latinx college students. ESCALA is the premier provider of professional development for staff and faculty in Hispanic Serving Institutions, a rapidly growing sector of higher education that enrolls more than 65% of all Latinx college students in the U.S.


BIO: Elena Ortiz

(PhD in Plant Biology from Arizona State University, MS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, BA in Biology from University of California at Santa Cruz). Dr. Elena Ortiz has been involved in improving environmental education in the Phoenix area for the last 16 years. She is a faculty member at Phoenix College in the Biosciences Department where she teaches environmental biology and general biology for non-majors. Dr. Ortiz is also a Co-PI on two NSF grants #DUE-1742060 and #HRD-1832543.


BIO:  Noberto “Bobby” Alvarado

(Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Industrial Technology Management)

Bobby Alvarado is the full-time welding professor for the past three years at Arizona Western College. In addition to teaching the majority of the welding courses, he runs the welding program and collaborates with the local community on any projects that they need assistance with. Bobby is also the Welding Team Lead on NSF grant #DUE-1902599, Impact of System-Wide Contextualization of Math in Rural Arizona Colleges on Producing More Qualified Technicians.

Register here!

Also at Your Service


Teaching Technicians: The nation’s premier destination for information related to professional development for technician and related STEM educators.


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.


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.


In the Spotlight

Paying it forward
The trek to Mentor-Connect
Congratulations to the 2020 selected Mentor Fellows

Mentor Fellow Web Post And SM

Apply for Second Chance Mentoring

Due to the COVID 19 threat, deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020!

Applications may be submitted via email to at any time within two years after the date on which a proposal was declined.

Apply for "Moving Up" Mentoring

Due to the COVID 19 threat, deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020!

Applications may be submitted via email to either six months before the completion of a (current) New-to-ATE project or two years after the New-to-ATE project has been completed. 

Mentor-Connect Helped Northland Team Build ATE Network that Led to Center Grant

 mentor connect northland

Summer Workshop Zooms In On Final Details for Proposal Submissions 

summer workshop

New Center Leaders are Mentor-Connect Alumni

John Beck Team

Evaluation Basics for Non-Evaluators

Evaluation Screenshot

EvaluATE, in partnership with Mentor-Connect created a basic orientation to evaluation for individuals who are planning to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Advanced Technological Education program.

View the tutorials here:

New Interactive Maps

Mentor-Connect has collaborated with the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (Geo-Tech Center) at Jefferson Community and Technical College to develop a number of maps that provide information about the participating colleges and also about all other projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program.

Maps Test

See two sets of interactive maps for the locations of all Mentor-Connect Cohorts and NSF ATE Funded Projects since 2013.  Please start with Using the Maps to learn how to find information about the colleges and about the grants they have received. 

Collaborative Grant between Mentor-Connect and Science Foundation Arizona Forms HSI ATE HUB

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Congratulations to the following NSF ATE Award Grantees:
Bridegerland Applied Technology

Bridgerland Applied Technology College (UT) This college team (DUE# 1801154) will implement the “Scaling Up Utah's Automated Manufacturing Technician Pipeline" project. Pictured from left to right are: Mason Lefler, Principal Investigator; Scott Danielson, Co-Principal Investigator; and Matt Fuller, Co-Principal Investigator.




Brookhaven College

Brookhaven College (TX)

This college team (DUE# 1764427) will implement the “Integrating Construction Engineering and Geospatial Technician" project. Pictured from left to right are: Marilyn Lynch, Administrator; Jeffery Scott Sires, Principal Investigator; and Kathryn Wetzel, Co-Principal Investigator.




Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College (OR)

This college team (DUE# 1801181) will implement the “Creating Career Pathways for Manufacturing Systems Technicians" project. Pictured from left to right are: Charles Sekafetz, Principal Investigator; Peggy Greene, Grants Coordinator; and Steve Greco Co-Principal Investigator. 




McLennan Community College (TX)                      

Mc Lennan Community College (TX)

This college team (DUE# 1801147) will implement the “Enhancing Network and Cybersecurity Technician Careers in Collaboration with Industry" project. Pictured from left to right are: Cynthia Wagner, Principal Investigator; Fred Hills, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Business; and Cathy Prause Co-Principal Investigator.


News Alerts:
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Funding roundup
Transforming colleges — and students’ lives
Mentor-Connect helps college start logistics tech program
Mentor-Connect leader demystifies institutional review boards
Mentor-Connect helps colleges fine-tune their proposals
National Science Foundation Project at FDTC to Help Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges Nationally
Mentor-Connect helps improve technician education programs
ATE-Affiliated Automotive Technology Program Attracts Tesla’s Attention
Hurricanes hasten need for tech program in Puerto Rico
Mentor-Connect names 2018 Mentor Fellows
The lasting impact of Mentor-Connect
Mentor-Connect Seeks Nominations for New Mentor Fellows Program
Mentor-Connect’s ‘phenomenal impact’
Help with Securing Your First, or Next, ATE Grant: The NSF ATE Program, Mentor-Connect, and Moving-On-Up!
Mentor-Connect Builds STEM Faculty Leaders While Demystifying NSF Application Process
As of June 15, 2017, NSF has a new Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program solicitation.  Solicitation applies to all proposal submissions for 2017 - 2019.
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 ((DUE# 1501183 & DUE#1840856) produced a no-cost webinar that informed participants about NSF ATE Program benefits; what Mentor-Connect could offer; and how to apply and receive assistance via the 2018-19 Mentor-Connect Mentorship. 

Associated Files Link: Coming if you would like a copy now.

PowerPoint Slides



Webinar: Preparing Forms 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) produced a no-cost webinar that highlighted specifics for correctly completing forms that are required in a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant proposal. Forms can make up 2/3 of a final proposal submission and impact the quality and accuracy of a proposal.

Associated Files Link:
(PowerPoint Slides and Tutorial)


Webinar: Evaluation Basics for Non evaluators is now available!

In this webinar,The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Mentor-Connect project personnel (DUE# 1204463 and DUE# 1501183) & EvaluATE provided information about the basics of small-scale evaluation, using a typical ATE small project as the case example.

Associated Files Link:
(PowerPoint Slides, Handout, and Q&A)


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 a detailed cost-free technical assistance webinar highlighting all aspects of the budget and budget justification for those building competitive grant proposals for ATE.

PowerPoint Slides:


Tutorial Link:
(A condensed shorter version of this webinar and materials) 

NSF ATE Program Opportunities & Mentor Connect Orientation
Grant Proposal Resources, Roadmaps, and Timelines
NSF Guidance on Financial Management of ATE Grants: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

Visual Resources

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