“Technical skills are important, but without employability skills,
technical skills are merely commodities. Employability skills
turn intellectual commodities into intellectual capital.”
– Peter Saflund

Information Technology Workforce Skills Study,
Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections

our partners

The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education. Since 1979, CORD has served school districts, community college systems, community and technical colleges, state and local economic and workforce development agencies, all 50 state departments of education, and 20 nations, providing innovative programs that prepare individuals for greater success in careers and higher education. CORD's work has been broad in scope, yet focused on the core tenets of contextual teaching, seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education, and training solutions to help America's technicians remain globally competitive.

The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Resource Center. Since 2003, CSSIA has provided students with real-world learning experiences in information assurance and network security through several program improvement supportive initiatives.

Since 1995, the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE) has addressed the need for highly skilled technicians in advanced technology by helping the nation's community and technical colleges expand excellence in programs, teaching, and leadership. SC ATE's Mentor-Connect project facilitates knowledge transfer among faculty, energizes technician education programs, expands national outreach of the ATE program, and prepares the next generation of leaders for ATE.

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The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida's manufacturing sectors.

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With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.