The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) is the principal association for the postsecondary technical educator with emphasis on professional development. The organization is dedicated to excellence in quality of postsecondary technical education focusing on practical teaching ideas and best practices. ATEA recognizes outstanding performance and leadership and provides a network for career connectivity. 
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ATEA 51st National AWARDS  Link


Outstanding Technical Student Award winner

Justin Jackson, Heavy Equipment and Maintenance Program Central Lakes CC, Staples MN

L-R Rich Wagner, Ph.D., President ATEA Board of Trustees and President of Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis MN; Justin Jackson; and Dr. Mike Mires, Dean of Professional, Technical and Workforce Education at North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene ID. 

Outstanding Technical Teacher Award

Troy Miller, Welding Technology Gillette College, NWCCD

L-R Rich Wagner, Ph.D.,President of ATEA Board of Trustees and President of Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis MN; Troy Miller;and Dr. Mike Mires Dean, Professional, Technical and Workforce Education North Idaho College, Coeur d' Alene ID

Outstanding Technical Teacher Finalist


Laura Chamber, Online English Instructor 

Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro GA

Rich Wagner, Ph.D, President of ATEA Board of Trustees and Laura Chambers.


Outstanding Technical Program

Nuclear Engineering Technology

Three Rivers Community College, Norwich CT

Dr. James Sherrard, Chair of Nuclear Programs

L-R Rich Wagner Ph.D., President of ATEA Board of Trustees, Dr. James Sherrard, Dr. Mike MIres, Dean of Professional, Technical and Workforce Education, North Idaho College, Coeur d' Alene ID

 Nuclear Regulator Commissioner William Magwood IV  (center) visits the ATEA technical program of the year Associate of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology) at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT” Dr. Sherrard (far left) with students, Trad Horner, Assistant Director of Training Dominion Nuclear Connecticut (2nd row 2nd from the left)



Silver Star of Excellence Award, Cloud Peak Energy

Awarded by ATEA and National Technical Honor Society


Cloud Peak Energy, Gillette Wyoming, nominated by Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD).  L-R Paul Young, President NWCCD; Jed Jenson, Dean NWCCD; Sandra Krebsbach, Ex. Director ATEA; Marty Brown, Maintenance Trainer, Cloud Peak Energy; David Traverso, Systems Manager, Cloud Peak Energy; Mike Mires, Dean North Idaho College, Chair of ATEA Nominations Committee, James King, Vice Chancellor Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents, represent ATEA and National Technical Honor Society





 John Deere Company, Moline Illinois, nominated by Arkansas State University-Beebe

L-R: James King, Vice Chancellor Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents representing ATEA and National Technical Honor Society; Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director, ATEA; Jennifer Badding, College Partnership Manager, John Deere Company; Keith McClanahan, Director of Advanced Technology and Allied Health, Arkansas State University-Beebe, Mike Mires, Dean, North Idaho College, Awards Nominating Committee Chair.




Dunwoody Alumni Entrepreneur Panel: "The Role of Technical Education in Creating Companies"

          L-R Rich Wagner, President Dunwoody College of Technology and ATEA Board of Trustees; Dale Nordquist, President Geotek; Ray Newkirk, Chairman, Teamvantage Molding, Inc.; Mike Hanson, President/Chief Executive Officer, Hunt Electric; and Ted Ferrara, Chairman, Standard Heating and Air Conditioning.

Thursday March 27 AM Panel Discussion.mp3




Latest Events and News..


New ATEA Board of Trustees:

Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials, Everett, Washington.

Dr.  Betty Reynard, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont Texas.

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Wisconsin.


52nd ATEA National Conference--April 15-17--2015.  Indianapolis IN, conference host Ivy Tech Community College--registration opens in November, sponsors can sign up now.2015Conf Sponsorships Categories.doc. Trade show vendor registration opens in two weeks.


ATEA Region Conferences

Region 5--Gillette College, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Oct. 9-10, 2014. Registration opens in July.GC_ATEAsavedate 2014.pdf



Region 6--Key Leader Meeting Washington, Oregon and Idaho and ATEA Board meeting Bates Technical College, Tacoma WA. October 15-17.


ATEA 51st National Conference on Technical Education: 

Driving Opportunities For Success!


Thank you for attending. If you want to download the program here it is.

Conference Schedule

Panel on  "Technologies Across Technical Programs 2014"

Stratasys "3 and 4 D Printing"; Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents "On Demand Education--in your hands"; and E. J. Daigle "Robotics Across Programs" and James Retka, "So, what is so scary about drones?; Mac Camron Stratysys 3 D Printing"  Moderator, Dr. James Sherrard, Chair of Nuclear Programs at Three Rivers Community College, Norwich Connecticut. 

Business and Industry Tours:
Break out Sessions:

30 Breakout sessions including: robotics--high school to postsecondary to work; code as core curriculum; faculty transition from industry to education.  Check the preliminary program for full list and updates.


Thank you Trade Show Exhibitors:

Amatrol, Jeffersonville Indiana

American Technical Publishers (ATP), Orland Park, Illinois

American Welding Society, Miami Florida

Today's Class, Birmingham Alambama

SpaceTEC, Certifying Space technicians--Cape Canaveral, Florida

NCCER/Pearson, Eden Prairie Minnesota

Stratasys 3D Printers, Eden Prairie Minnestoa

Engineerica Systems, Oviedo Florida

Realityworks, Eau Claire Wisconsin

Festo, Edmund, Oklahoma

Nida Corporation, Melbourne, Florida

Armfield Inc, Clarkfield ,New Jersey

AVANI Environmental, Youngsville North Carolina

Paradigm Solutions, St. Paul Minnosta

NOCTI, Big Rapids Michigan

Goodheart-Wilcox, Illinois

Jack McClard and Associates, Hopkins MN

Presentation Proposal submittal form for 2015 National Conference.doc

           Support-The 2015 Conference on Technical Education!
Get your company name in front of hundreds of individuals from across the nation!
There are a variety of sponsorship levels available!           
Download sponsorship form

2015 Indianapolis April 15-17 

Reach the product and service decision makers from the postsecondary technical centers, institutes and colleges from across the nation at the 2015 ATEA 52nd National Technical Education Conference, host Ivy Tech Community College.   
Looking forward to seeing you back! 


Amatrol, Jeffersonville IN

American Technical Publishers (ATP), Orland Park IL

American Welding Society, Miami Florida

Today's Class, Birmingham AL

SpaceTEC, Certifying Space technicians--Cape Canaveral, Florida

NCCER/Pearson, Eden Prairie MN

Stratasys 3D Printers, Eden Prairie MN

Engineerica Systems, Oviedo FL

Realityworks, Eau Claire WI

Festo, Edmund Oklahoma

Nida Corporation, Melbourne Florida

Armfield Inc Clarkfield New Jersey

AVANI Environmental Youngsville NC

Nida Corporation

Armfield Inc (2 booths)

AVANI Environmental Youngsville NC

Paradigm Education Solutions


ATEA Featured Board of Trustee

 Dr. Shawn Mackey, Associate Executive Director, Workforce and Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Community College Board

Featured Board Member

Region I

Dr. James Sherrard, President Region I, Chair Nuclear Programs, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich CT

Region II

Dr. Aritta Summers, President Region II, Director of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Crump

Region V News

Dana Wolff, President-Elect is an instructor of Financial Services and Insurance at Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Fall SD.

Jim Erdahl, President  serves to 2014 Region V conference. Jim is an Autobody Repair and Refinishing Technology instructor NDSCS.

Watch for photos and the Awards Video

ATEA's YouTube Channel:

Members in the news

Dunwoody Industrial Sewing Program featured on CNBC



Thank You New and Renewing Members...
New Members:
New Business Member:
     Meilor Inc, aka Todays' Class
Avani Environmental

New Institutional Members:

Delaware University of Science, Wilmington DE/3 institutional memberships for --US, UK and Middle East campuses
 Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
 Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead MN
 Pima Community College, Tucson AZ

New Individual Members:

Sheri Bowling, ITT-Tech, Pensacola FL

 Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, Provost and Academic Affairs Officer, Stark State College, North Canton Ohio    Troy Corson, Diesel Technology Instructor, Northern Wyoming CC District, Gillette Campus.

Steve Kramer, Diesel Technology Instructor, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte NE

Rory McClaren, Salt Lake City.

Gwen Eldridge, Chair English and Math, Ivy Tech Kokomo IN

E. B. Floersch III, Automotive Technology Instructor, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton ND

Derrick H. Sundeen, Automotive Technology Instructor, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton ND

Dr. Nasser Razek, Counselor Education and Human Services, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

James Bainer, Diesel Technology Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moorhead MN

Dr. Jerry Migler, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Pima Community College Tucson AZ

Renewing individual, institutional, business and sustaining members...more>>


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