American Technical Education Association

ATEA Conference reception

November 8. 2017
5:30 to 7:30 Whitney Peak

Conference with Truckee Meadows Community College and includes tour of the Gigafactory

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ATEA conferences are designed for making connections, sharing best practice and breakthroughs, identifying technical trends affecting technical education and  communicating the role and value of technical education.  If you are not at this conference join us at the next, March 21-23 hosted by Gateway Technical College, Kenosha/Racine Wisconsin.

BACKGROUND LINKS provided by Tesla

News about Tesla in Minneapolis Star Tribune--Tesla's purchase of Minnesota based company--quote from Elon Musk, 2016, on the factory as a product--topic of panel 2 in ATEA conference.

Conference Chair: 

Marie Price
Director of Workforce and Community Education, Northern Idaho

President of Region 6



Sue Smith, ATEA Vice President, Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech Indiana

Mary Kaye Bredeson, ATEA 2nd Vice President, Executive Director, COE for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Everett, Washington

Jim New, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada

Kyle Dalpe, Interum Dean for Technical Sciences, Truckee Meadows Community College , Reno NV

Barbara Walden, Director for Technical Sciences, Truckee Meadows CC. Reno NV

Deborah Davidson, Vice President for Business Solutions, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, Ph.D. ATEA Executive Director, Minneapolis MN

ATEA Conference Panel 1

Thursday November 9

The critical role that technical colleges play in workforce development in the economic transformation of a region


 Cory Hunt, Deputy Director 

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

 Ann Silver

CEO Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce

 Ryan Costello

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Click Bond.Inc.

Chair of Manufacturing aand Logistics Industry Sector Council

for the Nevada Workforce Development Board

 Frank Woodbeck

Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development Nevada System of Higher Education

 Mike Kazmierski

CEO, Economic Development Authority Western Nevada



Jim New, Vice President for Finance and Administration Truckee Meadows Community College


Barbara Walden, Director

of Technical Sciences

Representative on 

behalf of 

Abbi Agency

W-C ballot Initiative Leader

Conference Panel 2

The Role of Washington State Centers of Excellence in evolving workforce needs for America’s Future Factories. Emerging technologies, advancement in renewable energy, Smart Grid, cyber- security and construction of high performance buildings.

Shana Peschek

Executive Director

Center of Excellence, Construction

Renton WA

Todd Currier

Assistant Director for Energy Programs Washington State Extension

Jean Phillippe Laguarre

Senior Client Executive-Academic and Research, Daussault Systemes 3d

Barbara Hins-Turner

Executive Director COE for 

Clean Energy Centralia WA


Mary Kaye Bredeson

Executive Director

COE for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Everett WA

ATEA Board of Trustee 2nd Vice President

Friday Conference 

"Debriefing into Action"





Deborah Davidson

Vice President for Business Solutions

Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Wisconsin

Sue Smith 

Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Sciences

Ivy Tech Community Colleges Indiana

ATEA Board of Trustees Vice President


Kyle Dalpe, Ph.D.

Dean, Technical Sciences, Interim

Truckee Meadows Community College

 Thank you to Truckee Meadows Community College for hosting and for sharing best practice and breakthroughs in technical education.  Thank you to the Gigafactory for arranging for the conference tours.  Thank you to the leadership of Reno/Sparks Nevada and state level leadership for participating in the conference. 

Dinner recommendations near the Whitney Peak

  • 1.       Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
  • Located two blocks from the hotel. They also had grab & go options if you wanted to take something back to your room. Excellent wine selection, and fun/vibrant atmosphere.
  • 2.       Bab CafĂ©
  • Korean - fresh, and very affordable. Located two blocks from the hotel.
  • 3.       The Depot Brewery & Distillery
  • About a seven minute walk from the hotel. Located in the old train depot. Large menu and fun bar area to grab a bite to eat.
  • 4.       Old Granite Street Eatery
  • Located about 6 blocks from the hotel. American new cuisine. 

American Technical Education Association

premier association for the post secondary technical educator, with emphasis on professional development.

Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director

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