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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.

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In the Spotlight

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

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Summer Workshop Zooms In On Final Details for Proposal Submissions 

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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.

Apply for Second Chance Mentoring
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
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. 


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

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Congratulations to the four selected 2019 Mentor Fellows!

Mentor Fellows Grahic For SCATE Web Final2 (2)


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.


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Funding roundup
Transforming colleges — and students’ lives
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Mentor-Connect leader demystifies institutional review boards
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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!

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