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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.
Preparing a Budget and Budget Justification for your NSF ATE Proposal: Live 2018 Webinar
Thursday , March 01, 2018 01:00-02:00 PM

Online-Luka Partners Webinar Host

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program grant proposal writing process can seem daunting to those new to the ATE program. Each year, Mentor-Connect offers a detailed cost-free technical assistance webinar highlighting all aspects of the budget and budget justification for those building competitive grant proposals for ATE.

Webinar Participants will:

  • Know what information to enter into each budget category of the NSF budget form
  • Learn how to prepare a budget justification
  • Recognize the mutual dependence between the budget and project description
  • Be alerted to common errors that can be avoided
  • Get answers to questions on budget development and forms

Writing an NSF ATE program track proposal and need budget assistance?


Evaluation Basics for Non-evaluators
Wednesday , March 14, 2018 01:00-02:00 PM

Online-Luka Partners Webinar Host

e · val · u · a · tion:
determination of the value, nature, character, or quality of something or someone*
But what is program evaluation?
Why does the National Science Foundation (NSF) require that the projects they fund be evaluated? How much does it cost? Who can do it? What does a good evaluation plan look like? What will happen? What are you supposed to do with the results? 
In this webinar, we’ll answer these and other common questions about program evaluation. This session is for individuals with limited experience with program evaluation, especially two-year college faculty and grants specialists who are planning on submitting proposals to NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program this fall.


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

Congratulations to the three selected 2018 Mentor Fellows (pg. 6)

Selected Mentor Fellows 2017 Final Graphic

Congratulations to the following NSF ATE Award Grantees:
Itasca Community College

Itasca Community College This college team (DUE# 1700558) will implement the “Development of a 21st Century Industrial Process Operations Program" project. Pictured from left to right are Bart Johnson, Co-Principal Investigator and Jill Murray, Principal Investigator.


Black River Technical College

Black River Technical College This college team (DUE# 1700522) will implement the “Precision Ag Technicians: Improving Arkansas Farming" project. Pictured from left to right are Rickie Gunn, Co-Principal Investigator; Rex Flagg, Principal Investigator; Roger Johnson, Vice President of General Education; and Karen Liebhaber, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.


Grayson College

Grayson College This college team (DUE# 1663851) will implement the “Boosting New Careers in Advanced Manufacturing Industries" project. Pictured from left to right are Steven Davis, Principal Investigator; Janis Thompson, Grant Writer/Program Development Specialist; and Alan McAdams, Co-Principal Investigator.


Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College This college team (DUE# 1700497) will implement the “Biotech Jumpstart: Building Competency and Career Awareness Through Scientific Inquiry" project. Pictured from left to right are: Maggie Richards, Co-Principal Investigator; Ann Riedl, Principal Investigator; Fan Yeung, Co-Principal Investigator; and Carol Fiol, Resource Development Director.


Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College This college team (DUE# 1700575) will implement the “Technician Training in Advanced Building Performance Analysis and Verification" project. Pictured from left to right are: Jeff Gannon, Co-Principal Investigator; Megan Brown, Director, Grants and Strategic Initiatives, Student Learning and Strategic Planning; and Andrew McMahan, Principal Investigator.


Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College This college team (DUE# 1700564) will implement the “Photonics and Laser Project." Pictured from left to right are: Stephen Leone, Co-Principal Investigator; Laurie MillerMcNeill, Co-Principal Investigator; and Kyriakos Ioannou, Principal Investigator.


North Arkansas College

North Arkansas College This college team (DUE# 1700632) will implement the “Effectively Delivering Networking and Cybersecurity Education in a Rural Environment" project. Pictured from left to right are: Cheryl Keymer, Co-Principal Investigator; Craig Cates, Principal Investigator; and Laura Berry, Co-Principal Investigator. Not pictured is Nikki Davidson, Co-Principal Investigator.


Alamance Community College

Alamance Community College This college team (DUE# 1700652) will implement the “Mechatronics Technology Institute" project. Pictured from left to right are: Carolyn Rhode, Authorized Organizational Representative; Paul Carr, Co-Principal Investigator; and Mohamad Haj-Mohamadi, Principal Investigator.

Learn more about what Alamance Community College intends to use their National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for...


News Alerts:
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.

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