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American Technical Education Association

ATEA News 2019   
Announcing American Technical Education Board members 2019-2021

Ryan Purdy, President

Mid-Plains Community College,

North Platte, McCook, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine, Nebraska

Dr. Ann Bolman, President

Western Dakota Tech

Rapid City, South Dakota

Jim New, Vice President

Finance and Administrative Services

Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno, Nevada

Board Member News January 4, 2019

"Racing Through Industry 4.0" April 3-5, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College at Crowne Plaza Union Station, Indiana.

Racing Through Industry 4.0 Conference Program and Registration

ATEA 2019 National Conference Trade Show--"Racing through Industry 4.0" hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Indiana

Racing Through Industry 4.0 Sponsorships--include trade show booths

$495 for members and $595 non members up to March 30.

contact ATEA office for Award finalist rates and presenter 612-381-3315

ATEA Conferences include all keynote general sessions with meals, receptions, breakouts and industry tours and transportation--it is a great value.  Participants incur few costs for re-reimbursement.

2019 National ATEA Conference 

Racing Through Industry 4.0

Conference Chair, Sue Smith

Sue Smith, Ivy Tech Community College Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science, invites you to attend the 2019 ATEA National Conference on Technical EducationApril 3 -5, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station,Indianapolis, Indiana

This premier conference will empower you to implement the current and future changes needed in technical education to address the workforce skills sets needed in the fourth industrial revolution and beyond. Industry participants and educators will leave the conference with new ideas, strategies and a certification to train and educate in these exciting times where automation, robotics, digitization, and artificial intelligence span and unite sectors and programs.  The future is coming. Join us in Indianapolis and let's get to the future first!

The conference registration includes keynote speakers, a trade show, breakout sessions, industry tours, and an opening night reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.  An unforgettable dinner will be provided at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4th; home of the Indianapolis Colts.  Sue Smith

Opening Keynote

sponsered by


Titan Gilroy is the CEO of TITANS of CNC.  He inspires and empowers educators and industry partners to build networks that employ new ways of teaching, connecting students with  workforce.  You will want to send a team to hear Titan!   Take a Selfie with Titan!

Wednesday April 3, 2019

Plenary Session

James Wall,is Executive Director of Smart Automation Certification Alliance, SACA. Jim will share best practice for implementing assessments, curriculum, and acquiring equipment...  all the information you need to know to  become an Industry 4.0 certification site

Thursday April 4, 2019 

Dinner Keynote

John McDonald is the award winning CEO of ClearObject; a company named fastest growing IT company in Indiana for the past four years.  McDonald works on the cutting edge of the IT sector.  He will share his expertise on how to harness the data and skillsets necessary to meet the ever changing demands of the IT sector

Friday April 5, 2019

Closing Keynote

Dr. Randy Swearer, Vice President Ed Learning Futures, Autodesk.  Randy brings his passion for higher education leadership and strategy to address the complex global challenges on our era.  He will transform the way you think of education and the workforce of the future.

Thank you Paul Perkins, President and CEO of Amatrol, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Platinum sponsor of "Racing Through  Industry 4.0"

Paul Perkins 

"Smart Factories"

President and CEO of Amatrol, will speak at the Lucas Oil Stadium Dinner on April 4, 2019.

Paul is an ATEA Board member and recipient of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018

Congratulations Paul on your service and support of technical education.  Thank you for being a platinum sponsor of the 56th ATEA national conference on technical education.

The American Technical Education Association Awards Luncheon

Award Presentation to 2019 Outstanding student, faculty, program and business 

Tribute  to ATEA Trustee, Dr. Harry Bowman, 1938-2018.   

China Education Association International Exchange CEAIE and ATEA's 

reenactment of the MOU signing on October 18, 2018 in Beijing

ATEA October and November events 2019

End to End Digitization November 7-9 hosted by Dassault Systemes, Waltham MA

Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser,( 3rd from the left) gave the keynote presentation.

L-R, Al Bunshaft SVP for Global Affairs, Dassault Systemes; Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, ATEA Executive Director; Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser; Sue Smith VP Ivy Tech Community College Indiana, School of Advanced Manufacturing and Technical Sciences and ATEA 1st VP; Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing  Aerospace, Everett Washington, ATEA 2nd VP;  Bryan Albrecht, President and CEO Gateway Technical College, Racine/Kenosha Wisconsin, and ATEA President of the Board of Trustees

Secretary Peyser's Keynote

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyer keynote to American Technical Education Association Region 1 conference hosted by Dassault Systemes, Waltham MA.pdf

MOU signing in Beijing between ATEA and CEAIE October 18 2019

ATEA Executive Director, Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, presented a plenary keynote at the 2018 China Education Association for International Exchange, in Beijing October 18, 2018 and signed an MOU with the organization.  There will be another signing at the 2019 ATEA national conference in Indianapolis, IN

L-R  Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach, Ph.D. ATEA Executive Director        Ms. Shen Xuesong, Deputy Secretary-General, CEAIE

ATEA tour at the Kansas City Kansas Speedway and Amazon Fulfillment Center

Keynote Speakers

ATEA Board President, Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Kansas Governor, Jeff Colyer, and Kansas City Kansas Community College President, Dr. Greg Mosier

ATEA National Board of Trustees held their fall meeting in conjunction with the Region 5 Conference, "Racing to Success"

L-R backrow: Dr. Rich Wagner, President of Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis MN; Al Bunshaft Senior Vice President for Global Affairs Dassault Systemes Waltham MA; Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President and CEO Gateway Technical College, Racine/Kenosha WI; Ryan Purdy, President Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte NE; Dr. Mark Englert Vice President Gillette College,Gillette WY; Brooks Jacobsen Supervisor of Robotics and Electronics Lake  Area Tech Watertown South Dakota

L-R front row: Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach Executive Director American Technical Education Association; Cliff Smith Associate Chief for Facility Services, Kansas City Kansas Community College; Dana Wolff, instructor of Financial Services Sioux Falls South Dakota; Dr. James Sherrard, Chair of Nuclear Programs, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich CT;  Sue Smith, Vice President of Technical and Applied Science, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN.  Attend but left prior to the photo Ken Potthoff, Deputy Director, CTECS , Atlanta Georgia

Board member Ken Potthoff attended but had to leave prior to the photo.

Board members on a conference call were: Dr. Shawn Mackey, Dr. Jon Connolly, Dr. Betty Reynard, Dr. Paul Young, Roger Tadajewski, Chelle Travis, Adirian San Miguel, Lin Zhou

Not able to be on the call were: James King, Bob Wallace, Paul Perkins, Victor Branch.


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2019 ATEA Region 5

Dunwoody College of Technology

October 2-4, 2019 

Minneapolis, MN


ATEA Region 3 and 6 conference with Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada November 9-10--click for link to TMCC and Panasonic program
ATEA Region 3 and 6 conference with Truckee Meadows Community College November 9 and 10 Reno, Nevada

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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$500 for 3 members


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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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