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American Technical Education Association

Welcome to the American Technical Education Association, founded in 1928 and committed to communcating the role and importance of technical education, sharing best practice, building professional relationships, and identifying technology and trends that will effect technical education.

Best Practice Call

Prior Learning Assessment, a look at Maine College of Healthcare Professions, Lewiston, Maine and Wallace State College, Hanceville Al

Co- leaders 

Susan Peek, Success Coach and Prior Learning Specialist, Wallace State College, Hanceville AL

Susan Peek is a Success Coach and Prior Learning Specialist at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. She specializes in Academic and Career Success Coaching and credit for work and military experience and in addition has an interest in international education, diversity, and equity topics. Susan has a B.A. from Berea College and is currently completing her M.A. thesis in Humanities at Faulkner University.  

 Alex Clifford, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Maine College of Health Professions, Lewiston, ME

Alexander L. Clifford, Ph.D. is a native of both Deer Isle and Newport, Maine.  He is a graduate of Kennebec Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and an Associate’s Degree in Marketing/Management. He holds a BS in accounting and computers and MBA from Thomas College.  His doctorate is a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University.

Dr. Clifford has been in the Maine Army National Guard since 1989.   He has served in a variety of assignments including Operations Sergeant (deployed to Afghanistan for 2009).   Dr.Clifford is currently the Commandant of the 240th Regional Training Institute since October 2017.  Full military service biography on registration page.




FAll 2020 ATEA "heads west" :
October 7-9 to a thriving South Dakota city, Watertown,  fueled by Lake Area Technical College's 25 programs; register here:

ATEA Region 5 Fall Conference "Adventures are the Best Way to Learn"

October 28-29 to New Mexico's NASA White Sands Test Facility, Army White Sands Missile Range, and Commercial Space Travel-Virgin Galactic, and Spaceport America, register here:

"Technical Education in Rapidly Transforming World of Aerospace and Space Travel

November 17:Redding, California Best Practice Webinar Forest Industry Heavy Equipment, Logging and Truck Driving , Shasta College Forest Service Program and Sierra Pacific 

Best Practice Webinar Forest Industry Heavy Equipment.Logging and Truck Driving

“Technical Education in a Rapidly Transforming World of Aerospace and Space Travel”

How two community colleges in southern New Mexico’s Doña Ana County and City of Alamogordo collaborate and innovate to grow and support workforce development and technical training needs of the NASA White Sands Testing Facility, Army White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base and the commercial space industry led by Virgin Galactic at Spaceport America.

Virtual Conference 
October 28-29 2020

"Technical Education in Rapidly Transforming World of Aerospace and Space Travel

Conference Chairs:

Joe Butler, Dean of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Dona Ana Community College

Joe Bullington, Jacobs Company, Commercialization Manager, NASA White Sands Test Facility

Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Everett College-for 34 Washington State Community Colleges, center 

Jim New, Vice President for Administration, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV, ATEA board member.

Presenters, Panelist and virtual tours 

NASA White Sands Test Facility
Army White Sands Missile Range
Space Port America 
Virgin Galactic


Dona Ana  Community College
New Mexico State University
Southern New Mexico businesses with focus on those at the Space Port and Space Travel Industry

White Sands Test Facility

Army White Sands Missile Range

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White Knight Virgin Galactic based at Spaceport America

Hapsmobile--300ft Glidder drone to provide internet coverage--based at Spaceport America

Hapsmobile website-panelist on ATEA program

Best Practice Webinar November 17 

10:00AM-11:30 AM PST

Forest Industry Heavy Equipment Logging and Truck Driving  

Shasta College, Redding, California

hosts a webinar.

Registration is open-click below--free for ATEA members and $35 for non-members:

Best Practice Webinar Forest Industry Heavy Equipment,Logging and Truck Driving

Shasta College has recently received grants for significant equipment and training investment.  


Becky Roe, Shasta College, Senior Coordinator of Forest Health and Logging


Ted James, Sierra Pacific Industries 
John Livingston, Shasta College Faculty in Equipment Maintenance
Recent Program Graduate 

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.

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

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

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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