The NSF ATE Program Celebrates 20 Years…and CA2VES Was There!
The National Science Foundation in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges held the 20th National Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC on October 23-25. The conference marked 20 years since the inception of the NSF ATE program and celebrated great accomplishments that the program has had in sustaining success and advancing innovation in technician education. CA2VES had a great presence throughout the conference with two conference workshops in partnership with sister ATE centers, a breakfast roundtable, and student and CA2VES exhibition booths. Additionally, South Carolina industry and community college representatives that have close partnerships with CA2VES attended in the conference.
CA2VES showcased its factory and assembly virtual reality environments, its new stereoscopic automobile engine, its Advanced Manufacturing Production Associates curriculum, a preview of its Metrology module in Spanish, and the digital learning curriculum delivered through the new learning management system, Educate Workforce. Additionally, the center’s research initiatives were presented at the exhibition booth and at two student booths.
The conference was attended by over 850 people representing community and technical colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year universities. This conference provided a great opportunity for the CA2VES staff to disseminate information about the center and network with existing and potential partners to help shape the future of advanced technology education.
To learn more about the NSF ATE program and its accomplishments over the last 20 years, visit the ATE@20 blog at atecentral.net/ate20.