What innovations, products and resources created by ATE centers continue to influence technician education after center funding ends?

The ATE program has made significant investments into national, regional and resource centers to promote collaborations of community colleges and the scaling and sustainability of advanced technological education at community colleges that educate students for participation in the high technology workforce.  Many of these centers lasted many years over several funding cycles, often starting out as regional centers before scaling up nationally. 

This project will explores the legacy of ATE centers by investigating which ideas, innovations, knowledge and products developed by the center that continue to evolve and be used and the conditions that allowed them to do so. This project generated 7 case studies of ten ATE centers, most of which that have concluded funding over the last 10 years.

Who’s on the Team?

  • Rebecca Zarch – PI

  • Gerhard Salenger – Co PI

  • Alan Peterfreund – Co PI

  • Stacey Sexton

Advisory Board:

  • Ann Beheler

  • Arlen Gulickson

  • Chris Dede

  • Duncan McBride

  • James Dearing


  1. Develop an Epilogue to the final report for 8 ATE centers focusing on scale and sustainability

  2. Identify themes across 8 centers to illustrate how the value of an ATE center is scaled and/or sustained.

    1. Review existing documentation

    2. Interviews

  3. Testimony and verification from external sources


  1. Current PIs learn from their predecessors

  2. Proposers plan for scale & sustainability

  3. Prepare reviewers to better judge proposals

  4. Support evaluation & documentation of impacts

  5. Uncover the potential impact and possible limitations of a center-based approach to education

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (ATE Award #1821248). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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