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American Technical Education Association


My experience at ATEA has been more impactful that I ever imagined. Not only have I met extremely talented leaders that are doing cutting edge work in technical education, but the level of camaraderie and willingness to help one another is special. It is not about the title that each has, but about helping each other solve real problems. Every time I reach out to an ATEA member, I am received with a warm welcome and provided industry leading advice. I encourage you to join ATEA. 

Brian Bontempo

Superintendent Auburn Career Center

8221 Auburn Road

Concord Twp., OH 44077


“Anyone seeking the latest developments in technical education will find no better source that ATEA. It is the only educational or industry association in the world focused solely on technical education. Through its many conferences, hosted by technical colleges, and publications, ATEA showcases the latest technologies in each technical discipline, such as Industry 4.0, and presents innovative teaching strategies that helps elevate its member organizations to the highest levels of performance. ATEA members are also a very welcoming group of professionals who go out of their way to share ideas and help other members improve their programs. Membership in ATEA is an opportunity to gain new knowledge and make many great lifelong friendships.”

Paul Perkins

President, Amatrol, Inc.

2400 Centennial Blvd 

Jeffersonville IN 47130 | USA

t. 812-288-8285 ยท  800-264-828Transforming the Global Workforce One Life at a Tim


ATEA Board member, Dr. James Barrott with Chattanooga Automotive  Collaboration funding toolkits for students at theTennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Visited Bates Technical College in October.  ATEA Board member Dr. Lin Zhou welcomed her interest in technical education and apprenticeships.

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The American Technical Education Association

Best Practice Calls in November 

Thank you Heartland Community College, Normal IL

for hosting

"EV and Energy Storage Program"

Heartland Community College, Normal IL

held on November 3, 10:30-12:00 CT

Host: Adam Campbell

Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education, Heartland CC, Normal IL.

We heard from the team at Heartland CC who have developed programming to meet the needs of training EV technicians in partnership with Rivian, who supplies faculty, curriculum and apprenticeships.  Technicians graduating from Heartland's program are equipped to work a range of EV's. Heartland trains technicians for energy storage  for batteries in EV and  Renewables-Wind and Solar.   They college is building a trained workforce for the electrical era.

They train for high paying jobs with the goals of the State of Illinois for inclusion. 

Thank you  

Curt Rendall – Executive Director, Program Development and Innovation – Heartland Community College

Chris Miller – Distinguished Professor, Renewable Energy – Heartland Community College

Mike Deavers – Instructor, Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage – Heartland Community College

Thank you Dr. Sheree Utash for

"Shock the World...

A Tale of Affiliation and Innovation"

Wichita State University Technical College, Wichita KS

held on November 10, 10:00-11:30

Host: Dr. Sheree Utash, President of Wichita State University Tech.

Universities  are taking greater interest in technical education, one model is the affiliation between WSU and WSU Tech --hear from Dr. Utash on why Wichita Technical Institute affiliated with Wichita State University: what are the benefits, and  recommendations for retaining the technical focus.

Best Practice Calls are free to registrants

if you are interested in the video or slides please contact

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach

skrebsbach@dunwoody. edu


"Supporting Students and Faculty Success"  October 19--20-21

In Rapid City.  Thank you to  host 

ATEA Conference Program WDTC 10-2022.pdf

Tour of Sanford Underground Research Facility--slides

Tech Presentation_ Apr 2022_OPS[44].pptx

7:00 AM SURF Tour Group Ready

Friday Session--"Unconscious Bias" Karie Kennedy

Breakout: "Second Chance Pell—Supporting Justice-Involved Students"

L--Whitney Bischoff, Director of Student Success and R: Jill Elder, Director of Compliance and Financial Aid


Sanford Underground Research  Facility SURF--Lead, South Dakota

Presenters from Systems and Operations at SURF

L-Al Stratman, Engineering Director

Tim Baumgartner, Surface Operations and Utilities Director

Will McElroy, Deputy Director of Operations

Tracey Doherty, Moss Enterprises Gillette CC Wyoming faculty and Dean

ATEA  Tour of SURF's Water Treatment  Facility

LAB Midwest L-Joe Gingrich, Gillette CC, WY and Nick Mootz Lab Midwest

ATEA Downtown Rapid City

Network gathering before the opening session. Right  Dr. Betty Reynard, President of Lamar State College, Port Arthur, ATEA 1st VP and President-elect, center Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Ex Director ATEA, Dana Wolff, Southeast Technical College, ATEA President of the Regions and STC faculty

Tour of Caterpillar Design- back row left: Sean McCrary, Sheridan CC Diesel and Truck Driving;Travis Grubb, Dean of CTE, Gillette;  Joe Gingrich, Diesel Gillette College; Mike Ebbing STI HR instructor; Sylar Stitt Diesel and front right Kristin Henderson, General Ed Lake Area; Center: Barry Spriggs VP of Academic and Student Affairs Gillette CC--and Gina Grant, Gen Ed, Lake Area Tech

Dr. Ann Bolman, opening Friday sessions

Sanford Underground Research Facility--lobby and mobile of the 365 miles of tunnel

Breakout session on "Gen Ed Speed Dating"--Justin Jutting and Tammi Dewes--how they built relationships and common understanding of how gen ed and technical courses compliment each other and how to value both

Bryan Mitchell,  Program Director Electrical Trades Department--how WDTC built the Aquaponics Program and Hydration Lab through collaboration of -Environmental Sciences ,lead by Dr. Kelsey Murray, Electrical Trades led by Bryan.   

Kelly Oehlerking, WDTC Strategic Planning Lead, "It’s Not Just a Shelf Decoration - Implementing a College-Wide Strategic Plan"


Opening Welcome, Dinner and Panel

Opening Welcome

Dr. Jon Connolly, President of ATEA Board of Trustee and President of Sussex County Community College, Newton NJ

Opening Welcome

Dr. Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Technical College and ATEA 2nd VP

Opening Panel Economy of Western South Dakota and "Elevate Rapid City"

Moderator: Chandra Calvert, WDTC--Director of Industry Relation and Grant Management

Mitch Nachtigall, Innovation and Development Director of Elevate Rapid City

Lori Fredrick, Economic Development Director, Elevate Rapid City, former Senior Business Development Director Office the Governor of South Dakota

Nick Wendell. Executive Director of the South Dakota Technical College System

Thank you Moss Enterprise and Lab Midwest  for your support of technical education and ATEA

Welcome to the American Technical Education Association

  We welcome you to this association serving American technical education since 1928.

 ATEA's mission is to communicate the role and importance of technical education, share best  practices, build relationships, and identify trends that will effect technical education.   Be part of technical education's  trend identification in eight sectors and share best practices.

ATEA's 2022-23  Sectors are:

1. Aerospace and Space, 2. Allied Health, 3. Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4. Construction, 5. Energy,

6. Information Technology, 7. Manufacturing, and 8. Transportation.

Join ATEA to add your knowledge, experience and insight as you connect with others contributing theirs.


Donations Welcome--Donate to ATEA


Hold the dates of April 12, 13 and 14

To Renew, Restore and Ignite Technical Education

hosted by the 

Alabama Community College System Presidents Council

on the 

Calhoun Community College, Huntsville and Decatur Campuses 

Serving the Redstone Arsenal, NASA, FBI headquarters, Mecedes Benz EV and Battery Production, Allied Health Innovation, Advanced Automotive Programs and more.

Registration opens soon

Trade Show


Breakouts and Presentation opportunities

ATEA National Awards

3 D Futures Awards


The Huntsville CVB is coordinating with the Gulf Coast for a weekend package

ATEA Regional Councils

ATEA members can serve as Regional Council members  Join ATEA We Welcome your membership

Region 2 President

Cliff Wightman, President, Tennessee College of Applied Science--Crossville Tennessee

President of Regional Councils and Region 5 Council President

Dana Wolff, Faculty, Business Adm and Entreprenership.  Southeast Technical College  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Region 6 Council President

Dr. Lin Zhou, President of Bates Technical College, Tacoma. Washington

Region 6 News--Arizona has been moved from Region 4 to Region 6 due to the close relationships of industry, academic and government exchanges.

Region 4

Region 6

"Renaissance of Technical Education: Artificial Intelligence the Next Frontier"

click to view the presenters and to register for videos

ATEA has masterful content and presenters from around the nation  that informs, inspires and connects participants around technical education. 

Here is the 2022nApril 26, 27 and 28 2023 National Conference

free to those who registered, reduced for active members and available for registration.



ATEA Board member, Dr. Alex Clifford and Seargent Major in the Maine National Guard has been deployed to Poland, here is a video of the send off

Commitment of ATEA to Diversity Equity and Inclusion 

Board of

trustee TAsk Force Leadership

Anthony Landis, Director of Postsecondary Education for the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Dr.  Shawn Mackey Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Accountability, Mississippi Community College Board

Chelle Travis, Executive Director of Skills USA

Dr. Lin Zhou, President, Bates Technical College, Tacoma WA

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 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

ATEA strategically analyzes trends in technology and technical education.

For technical education leaders and raising industry leaders a masters program that combines courses from the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management to make decisions on investing institional and business resources in emerging technologies

Management of Technology Masters U of M

Space launch

See Tech Trends

ATEA System level Members

100 members from your system, college or ecosystem-each receives the same conference discounts, ATEA Journal and ATEA members connections


$1000 for 15 members

Land of Lincoln Community College

Springfield, Illinois

ATEA Institution, organization or business membership

$500 for 6 members

Lincoln Land Community College

Bismarck State College - Discover the Next Version of Yourself

H Logo MarkHighland Community College, Hinds, KS

 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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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