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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.
Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigator's (ATE PI) Conference 2018
October 24-26, 2018

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C.

Celebrating 25 Years!

"Leading Development of America's Technological Workforce"

The American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation will hold the 25th National ATE Principal Investigators Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference will bring together approximately 850 people to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the conference. Conference attendees represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as: information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

For more information visit the ATE PI conference site:

To register, click here

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In the Spotlight

Selected Mentor Fellows 2017 Final Graphic

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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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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