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Please note the deadline is now January 1, 2020.
for 3 minute video cash prizes of $1500, $1000 and $500
criteria and upload link below
ATEA 3D Futures Competition Announcement and Entry Form 11.26.2019.docx

for Award nomination forms and criteria click below
Awards 2020
due December 16, 2019--midnight
Presented at the March 17 Awards Dinner at the ATEA National Conference in Camden New Jersey


Camden County College is thrilled to host the American Technical Education Association Conference this spring.  Like ATEA, Camden County College is committed to connecting educational institutions, business, industry, labor and government to enhance workforce development strategies.  What better place to hold this important conference than one of the strategic hubs of workforce training and technical education in the Delaware Valley?  We look forward to showing off our beautiful campus.

Don Borden, President, Camden County College

Register for the 57th ATEA National conference on Technical Education

March 17 -18 Camden, New Jersey

"Leadership and Partnership: Building Technical Education Pathways to Meet the  Needs of a Rapidly Changing Economy."

click below to register

Leadership and Partnership:Building Technical Education Pathways

Trade Show Leadership and Partnerships

Conference Co-Chairs 

 Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President of New Jersey  County College Council

Dr. Jon Connolly President of Sussex County Community College

“We are uniquely positioned to lead”

Two year colleges both community and technical colleges have the leadership and partnership capacity to build technical education pathways to meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy.

Nationally, a strong system of technical education, that starts in high school and extends through two-year colleges with possible paths to further education and training, is critical to the future of our country in a rapidly changing global economy. As community and technical colleges, we are a fulcrum of this system. We are the point on which this system moves. We cannot do this work alone.

The 2020 ATEA conference, entitled Leadership and Partnership: Building Technical Education Pathways to Meet the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Economy, will focus on innovative partnerships with high schools and colleges, new ideas for engaging employers in this important work, and the impact of the changing skills needs of employers on technical education.  When the conference ends, we hope that you will leave Camden County, New Jersey with new ideas, new connections and new energy to support all of your efforts to lead technical education across the country.

We welcome ATEA to New Jersey, to learn more about our efforts and to discuss innovative efforts of community and technical colleges across the country to lead technical education pathways, to build broad partnerships and to build a skilled innovative workforce to drive economic growth.

 Aaron Fichtner and Jon Connolly


ATEA 2020 ATEA Conferences

Are the Best Way to Learn"

October 8-9, 2020  Region 5 

Hosted by Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota

"Spaceports and the role of technical education in job training for space travel and the Space Industry"

an ATEA Member Conference 
October 28-29 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico

ATEA Chairs: Jim New, Vice President for Administrative Services, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV and Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of COE for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Everett WA. 

Dona Ana Community College Chair, Mr. Joe Butler, Dean of Science and Technology Division.  

registration opens January 2020


MARCH 1-3 2021, Biloxi, Mississippi
Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino
Dr. Shawn Mackey Chair

American Technical Education Association 

Founded in 1928 in New York by William Fenniger and  a team of technical educators, business and government leaders across the United States,. The American Technical Education Association was formed  for the purpose of supporting technical education to foster American industry, good jobs and the skill development of individuals.   The 2019 Board of Trustees is from 17 states and are leaders of systems, institutions, faculty, businesses, associations and state department of education divisions.

L-R backrow:  Dr. Shawn Mackey, Al Bunshaft, Dr. Alex Clifford, Dr.Bryan Albrecht President 2017-2019, Brooks Jacobsen, Dr. Rich Wagner Past President 2013-15, Dr. Betty Reynard, Adrian San Miguel, Jim New, Ryan Purdy, Cliff Wightman, Front row: Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, Executive Director, Jimmy Hodges, James King Past President 3 term 2006-11, Dr. Ann Bolman, Marie Price, Dana Wolff, Dr. James Sherrard, Paul Perkins, Dr. Lin Zhou, Dr. Jon Connolly and Dr. Scott Mickelsen. 

Click below  for board photos and biographies

Board of Trustees 2019

ATEA Board of Trustee Leadership 2019-2021 and Board members 2019

News that effects technical education November 2019, ATEA Board member Marie Price
Business Sustainability Imperative, October 2019, ATEA Board member Mary Kaye Bredeson quoted, ATEA Board Member Al Bunshaft SVP at Dassault
January 27, 2019
OP Ed on Postsecondary Education a Road Less Traveled

"The National Science Foundation has established The Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier program as one of its 10 Big Ideas to push forward the frontiers of U.S. research and provide innovative approaches to solve some of the most pressing problems the country faces."

 "Future of Work," Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Journal Times, January 27, 2019

Commentary by Bryan Albrecht, Journal Times, January 27, 2019
Reverse Transfer Legislation--4year credits applied to associates degrees and certificates
Digital Twins --digital product information from manufacturing through service
Incentive for completing 30 credits--next year free

Welcome to new and renewing members!

ATEA is proud to announce the addition of new business members, supporting members, institutional members, library/media members and individual members.

Thank you Tesla for joining ATEA as a business member.   We appreciate your interest in a skilled workforce and the contribution of technical education to innovation.

Thank you Dunwoody College of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, and Gateway Technical College for renewing at an ATEA System level of $5000 for 100 members.

Technology Trends

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ATEA System level sponsors


$1000 for 10 members

ATEA Institution, organization or business membership

$500 for 3 members

 Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump

TCAT Crump

Host College membership

American Technical Education Association

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

818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Located on  the 
Dunwoody College of Technology Campus

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director

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