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American Technical Education Association

 ATEA President Sue Smith 

Dear ATEA Members,

It is my great honor to serve as the president of ATEA.  This is an amazing organization that has been blessed with visionary leaders who have served as both stewards directing the operation and mentors supporting the growth and development of its members.  ATEA membership includes many benefits including access to the knowledge, best practices, and technical expertise for excellence in training and education through sharing with colleagues and peers.

I have been involved with ATEA in various capacities over the last 20 plus years and it has been an invaluable organization in the history of technical education in the United States and in the future of technical education both nationally and just beginning to form international relationships. 

Above all ATEA values all members and we want members to get the most benefit from belonging to this group of technical experts and professionals.  We are interested in hearing from you.  Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director of ATEA, works tirelessly to improve the organization and the member experience.  We are interested in your ideas to improve and add to the value of ATEA.  Please reach out to us with your suggestions.

I look forward to my term as president.  We are in exciting times for technical education.  It is a time of disruption and we have been disrupting higher education by innovating in knowledge, equipment, certifications and best practices since the beginning of ATEA.

By the end of my term of service we will likely be well into and perhaps through the fourth industrial revolution.  There will be careers and occupations that do not exist today.  At ATEA we have the advantage of relying on each other and working together to ensure that technical education continues to provide the competencies and skills critical to students and employers.  We are the past and the future!

Thank you for this opportunity.  I look forward to support from past presidents and our active and engaged board to continue to grow and develop ATEA! 

Best Wishes,

Sue Smith


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 system, institutional, faculty, business, association and state departments.

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

ATEA NEW Board Appointments 2019-2022

Dr. James Barrott

Executive Vice President Technical College,

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dr. Aaron Fichtner


New Jersey County College Council

Trenton, New Jersey

Mr. Jimmy Hodges


Wallace State College

Hancevillle, Alabama

Dr. Scott Mickelsen


Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana

Marie Price

Director, Training 

Idaho Forest Group

Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

Cliff Wightman, President of TCAT-CrossvilleCliff Wightman


Tennessee College of Applied Science

Crossville, Tennessee

Fall 2019

Region 5 Conference October 2-4, hosted by Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis MN

registration  open June 1 rates are early bird $175 for members and $195 none members 

conference hotel Double Tree located in St. Louis  Park a nearby suburb of Minneapolis--

4 miles from Dunwoody College of Technology

What is Now with Whatis Next in technical Education

Thank you Ivy Tech Community College for Hosting the

56th ATEA national conference on technical education

It was the “Disney world for technical education”

  This was an awesome conference and I enjoyed every second of it. 

Thanks again and I look forward to working with ATEA in any capacity available.

Shelanda Simmons, Instructor, Administrative Office Technology

Tennessee College of Applied Technology --Memphis

The American Technical Education Award Winners are:

Dana Hersrud, Outstanding Technical Student, Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City, South Dakota

Jade Hollister, Outstanding Technical Teacher, Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City, South Dakota

Robotics and Electronics, Outstanding Technical Program, Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, South Dakota

Regional Health Center, Rapid City South Dakota, Silver Star of Excellence Award, jointly awarded with the National Technical Honor Society

It was a South Dakota Sweep!  2017 was  A Tennessee Sweep!

for photos and read more Award Winners 2019 

American Technical Education Association signs MoU with Chinese Education Association for International Exchange
October 18, 2018

The American Technical Education Association has participated in international exchanges in its history.   Led by ATEA Board of Trustee,  Dr. Lin Zhou, President of Bates Technical College, Tacoma, Washington, with the support of ATEA leadership, ATEA Executive Director Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, signed an MoU with CEAIE in Beijing in October.  The goal of the agreement is to connect educators who will determine the types of exchanges they wish to pursue.  Many US ATEA institutional members serve industries with manufacturing sites in China.  Both workforces  face the challenge ofobsolescence of their training.  Both associations realize there are current concerns buy remain open to appropriate possibilities for its members.

Dr. Lin Zhou, President of Bates Technical College, and ATEA Board of Trustee, Mr. YuYougen, Director of TVET and Professional Training, Ministry of Education, and Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, ATEA Executive Director

Dr. Gehlen Krebsbach and Mrs. Shen Xuesong, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Education at signing

Dr. Gehlen Krebsbach, Presenting ATEA and "Scaling Technical Education for Incentivized Industries"

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.

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ATEA System level sponsors


$1000 for 10 members

ATEA Institution, organization or business membership

$500 for 3 members


Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump

TCAT Crump

Host College membership

 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota 

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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