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American Technical Education Association

ATEA is with you, as you train, support and credential the workforce.  

Thank you to those who led and to those who participated in the 14 "Best Practice"calls over three weeks, March 20 to April 9.

Over the next seven weeks- ATEA will continue to  convene conference calls to share what is "best practice now" from across the nation on managing, delivering and assessing technical and "hands on" education and how to manage other issues during this time of challenge and change virtual delivery. Please join the conversation by registering.  We invite you to join ATEA. You will be the first to learn of the calls and will be supporting this important mission.

OPEN FoR REgistration

April 9 11:00 ET "ATEA Best Practices Follow-up session on construction and HVAC, "hands on" and Virtual time

ClosedFollow Up on April 9, 12:00 ET, Automotive and Diesel Technology best practices going virtual

For Sharing Best Practice Sessions, if you are member or on a member group, you learn go them through an email to all members. They are free.   When you register, you are confirmed. The numbers in a session range from 14-60 faculty, deans and others working in two year colleges and institutes from across the nation. There is a "Best Practice" host who leads the discussion with their experience and often a co-presenter.  Each participant is invited to share best practice, what they are trying and have considered, ask questions or may prefer to listen.  

Access information and the agenda to get on the call is emailed from ATEA to all registrants prior to the session.  

If you are a member who has not signed in before, you will need to create a password.  

Order of preference ATEA members, all levels of Instructors and institutional members and then open to educators and campuses  who request to join the conversation.  

If you would like to join as an individual or your college, association or business there are several options.


If you are a business serving technical and "hands on" education, we welcome you to host a session.

Contact ATEA's executive director to discuss that option.

Sandra Krebsbach, Ph.D., M.S.


ATEA was founded in 1928 to serve this nation through sharing best practice and building relationship to support technical education and identifying trends and technology that effect technical education.  It has been true to its mission for  92 years.  

For Everyone's safety 

ATEA National Conference moved to June 2 and 3

Chairs Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges  and

Dr. Jon Connolly, President of Sussex County College, Newton, New Jersey

announce that 

Host President Don Borden,  President of  Camden County College, New Jersey, has generously offered to host on June 2 and 3, 2020 on the Blackwood Campus. 

There will be a virtual options

ATEA will move your registration to the June 2 and 3rd conference which can be in person or connect to live streaming.

If you prefer a credit toward another ATEA conference that can be arranged.  Please contact the ATEA Executive Director at

If you have questions, please also contact Dr. Krebsbach

email skrebsbach@dunwoody. edu or 612-381-3315

ATEA welcomes,as members, all who provide, support, or hire a technically educated workforce.  

The ATEA Business Council is open for membership.  Business members will be matched with educators to identify training needs and find technical training matches.  The head of the Business Council has a seat on the ATEA Executive Committee.  There will be up to 20 Business Members.

You can join as an individual, institution or business by clicking: Join ATEA

ATEA is a 501(c3) and welcomes donations to support programming and participation by faculty in conferences.

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"Leadership and Partnership Building Technical Education Pathways"

June 2 and 3 at the Blackwood Campus

Camden County College, Camden, New Jersey 

ATEA and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges  will offer a virtual conference as well as in person;

It will be ann in-depth look and discussion on the role and importance of technical education in this time of change. including how to move to virtual technical education with the latest from colleges with best practice to share.

Learn how to position your college or program as a fulcrum for pathways from K-12 , to universities and employment with certificates and associate degrees,in this time of mergers, acquisitions, divestment and investment.  

"We are uniquely positioned to lead."

Recommended airport Philadelphia. Check mileage to Blackwood Campus Camden, NewJersey and to Hampton Inn Blackwood to gage travel times.


Camden County College is thrilled to host the American Technical Education Association Conference this spring.  Like ATEA, Camden County College is committed to connecting educational institutions, business, industry, labor and government to enhance workforce development strategies.  What better place to hold this important conference than one of the strategic hubs of workforce training and technical education in the Delaware Valley?  We look forward to showing off our beautiful campus.

Don Borden, President, Camden County College

click below to register

Leadership and Partnership:Building Technical Education Pathways

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Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President New Jersey Council of Count Colleges                                              Dr. Jon Connolly, President of Sussex Count Community  College, Newton New Jersey

ATEA 2020 ATEA Conferences

October 8-9, 2020  Region 5 

Hosted by Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota

registration opens May 1 2020

Back Row: l-r  Shane Ortmeier, Brad Heesch, Steve Hauck, Katie Paulson, Tina Sattler, Karen Henricks, Brooks Jacobsen

Front Row Seated: l-r  Shane Swenson, Dennis Heller, Bonita Briggs, Taylor Brusven, LuAnn Strait, Diane Stiles, Kim Bellum, Julie Stevenson

"Spaceports and the role of technical education in job training for space travel and the Space Industry"

an ATEA Member Conference 
October 28-29 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico

ATEA Chairs: Jim New, Vice President for Administrative Services, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV and Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of COE for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Everett WA. 

Dona Ana Community College Chair, Mr. Joe Butler, Dean of Science and Technology Division.  Joe Bullington, Director, White Sands Testing Facility co chair on southern New Mexico ecosystem.

registration opens  March 2020


MARCH 1-3 2021, Biloxi, Mississippi
Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino
Dr. Shawn Mackey Chair

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 leaders of systems, institutions, faculty, businesses, associations and state department of education divisions.

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 2020

News that effects technical education November 2019, ATEA Board member Marie Price
Business Sustainability Imperative, October 2019, ATEA Board member Mary Kaye Bredeson quoted, ATEA Board Member Al Bunshaft SVP at Dassault
January 27, 2019
OP Ed on Postsecondary Education a Road Less Traveled

"The National Science Foundation has established The Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier program as one of its 10 Big Ideas to push forward the frontiers of U.S. research and provide innovative approaches to solve some of the most pressing problems the country faces."

 "Future of Work," Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Journal Times, January 27, 2019

Commentary by Bryan Albrecht, Journal Times, January 27, 2019
Reverse Transfer Legislation--4year credits applied to associates degrees and certificates
Digital Twins --digital product information from manufacturing through service
Incentive for completing 30 credits--next year free

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.

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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

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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