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The American Technical Education Association

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American Technical Education Association

Its a wrap!  Great ATEA conference hosted by WSU Tech and thank you to Dr. Sheree Utash and her team.  The ATEA National Board met concurrently for their spring meeting.

Collaboration for Maximum Impact hosted by WSU Tech. ATEA CONFERENCE DAILY SCHEDULE.pdf

Conference and Trade Show location

National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N. Webb Road | Wichita, KS 67226

Tel 316.677.9505 |

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

It is my honor to extend a personal invitation to you for the upcoming 2024 American Technical Education Association (ATEA) National Conference, hosted by WSU Tech. Under the theme of Innovation, Shaping Tomorrow," this event promises a gathering of minds dedicated to advancing technical education across sectors. As professionals committed to shaping the future of  conference holds immense value and aims to explore the latest trends and technologies influencing our educational landscape. 

Warm regards,

Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech

Conference Agenda

Platinum Sponsors

GOLD Sponsors


Greater Wichita Partnership

ATEA FAll 2023

Space Workforce in Southern California

November 8, 2023

Presenters both Industry and Community College leaders, Students and Keynote, Alissa Haddaji,  who stayed to connect after the "Space Workforce in Southern California" Nov. 8 CSULB

Ivy Tech Community College, DOL Grant, Closing the Skills Gap.  
Smart Manufacturing 4.0 with SACA certificates--below are apprentices at Endress+Hauser, Greenwood IN

Endress+Hauser Apprentices in the Ivy Tech Smart Manufacturing Program--left, Rohrer, Apprenticeship Coordinator, right Robert  Head, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

ATEA 2024

Innovation in Energy and Allied Health Conference

October 16 and 17 in Pasadena, Texas

co-hosted by Lamar State College Port Arthur and San Jacinto Community College

back ground events in 2023

ATEA President Reynard, President of Lamar State College Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas, designed HUB by DOL

Lamar State Port Arthur hosted a DOE Listening Session June 14, 2023-- a precursor to the HUB Designation

DOE Listening Session held at Lamar State College Port Arthur

June 14, 2023, Secretary Jennifer Granholm's Listening Session in Port Arthur, Texas, hosted by Dr. Betty Reynard at Lamar State College Port Arthur. With Secretary Granholm was Shelanda Baker, Director of Economic Impact and Diversity and Advisor to the Secretary. The DC contingent included 30 others. 

Port Arthur leader, Yadira Cardenas, President of League of United Latin American Citizens,(LULAC) ,with Dr. Reynard and Secretary Granholm, June 14 on the closing panel of the Listening Session.

Dr. Betty Reynard, ATEA Board of Trustees President 2023-2025

President of Lamar State College Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas


Dr. Ann Bolman, ATEA Board of Trustee 1st Vice President-President Elect--2023-205

President of Western Dakota Tech, Rapid City South Dakota 

Ryan Purdy, ATEA Board of Trustee 2nd Vice President 2023-25

President of MidPlains Community College, North Platte, Nebraska 

American Technical Education Board of Trustee Executive Committee and Board 2023

Board of Trustees 2023

Welcome to the

American Technical Education Association

 serving American technical education since 1928 by

communicating the role and importance of technical education,

sharing best  practices, building relationships,

and identifying the technology and trends that will effect technical education.   

Join to participate in the ATEA Sector Programming and to participate in your Region's Council.

ATEA Overview 2023.docx

ATEA Regional Councils

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

Contact ATEA to be included on the Regional Council for your location.  ATEA assists with convening and hosting conferences for your region, build lasting relationships and share best practices

ATEA Sectors 2023-2024

ATEA Members can lead Sectors as Champion and Connectors--identifying the focus of the sector for the coming year and other sector positions, of Experts, Faculty and Business Partners--who will be invite to serve on panels and to host Best Practice Calls.  ATEA Board Chair of the Sectors is Past President, Sue Smith, VP for Advanced  Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech.   ATEA encourages broad based participation.  Please contact ATEA to be forwarded to Sue Smith by August 10 if you are interested in participating--ATEA 

Aerospace and Space


J  P Laguerre, Director of Education, 3 D Experience, Dassault Systemes

Southern California and New York

Agriculture Natural Resources


Ryan Purdy, President of Mid Plains CC. North Platte, NE

"Renaissance of Technical Education: Artificial Intelligence in forestry heavy equipment, farming, ranching and aquaponics

Allied Health


Ken Kirkland Dean of Health Sciences, Calhoun CC, Huntsville AL



HVAC workforce-focus on Heat Pumps.  Tom Weiss 



Dr. Betty Reynard, President of Lamar State College Port Arthur TX

Information Technology


Dr. Sandy Caldwell, Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission



Sue Smith, VP or Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech CC, Indiana



Cliff Wightman, President, Tennessee College of Applied Sciences-Crossville and Livingston

Newly appointed to the ATEA Board 2024-2027

Board of Trustees 2023

 Dr. Valeria Williams

Director of Career and Technical Ed

Mississippi Community College Board

Dr. Ian Roark

Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Workforce Development

Pima Community College, Tucson AZ

Dr. Shelanda Simmons

Instructor, Adm Office Technology

Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Memphis

Dr. Will Pierce

Assistant Commissioner  for Technical Education, Utah System of Higher Education 

Keith Phillips

Executive Director Alabama Network of Technology

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, 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 Fall 2022


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

held 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

Western Dakota Technical College Conference photos

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 with  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

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

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

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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