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ATEA National Conference: "Restore, Renew, and Ignite" hosted by Alabama Community College Presidents' Council at Calhoun Community College, Huntsville

  • 29 Nov 2023
  • 11:00 AM
  • 30 Nov 2023
  • 11:00 AM
  • Calhoun Community College, Huntsville Alabama


  • Access to full conference: Plenary sessions on April 12, Welcome reception, keynotes, breakouts, Awards Lunch, tours and trade show.

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Dr. Jimmy Hodges and Dr. Patricia Sims invite you to Huntsville for the  ATEA's National Conference on Technical Education, April 12-14 in Huntsville, Alabama--hosted by the Alabama Community College Presidents’ Association at Calhoun Community College Decatur and Huntsville Campuses. Mrs. Annette Funderburk Conference Chair, on behalf of the Alabama Community College Presidents Association


 Dr. Patricia Sims

President, Drake Community nd Technical College

 Dr. Jimmy Hodges, Calhoun Community College  Dr. Annette Funderburk, President Ingram Technical College

Platinum Sponsor

Bronze sponsor

ATEA conferences are held in conjunction with technical and community colleges in their community.  Industry tours are a unique feature of ATEA conferences and provide lasting impact and connection.

Digital Program for Restore, Renew Ignite ATEA Conference April 12, 13 and 14.docx

Here are the tour choices, you will select a 1st and 2nd choice--some require information to provide to the host, those are the FBI Headquarters, NASA and Intuitive 

HudsonAlpha -

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Founded in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering biotech entrepreneurship; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes 51 diverse biotech companies on campus.

Join us for a walking tour of the Institute’s flagship facility to learn more about HudsonAlpha’s genomic research, educational outreach, clinical genomics and economic development. 


Calhoun’s Immersion Lab 

The tour of the Immersion Room at the Decatur campus allows attendees to experience the newest technology available in simulation experiences. The Immersion Room features Echo Healthcare's Immersive Interactive System which is the leading product for creating unique and engaging virtual learning environments across all settings Immersive Interactive transforms classrooms, simulation spaces, and even mobile units into fully immersive spaces that provide realistic and safe education and training environment for your faculty and learners. The system provides the unique ability to turn a single room or multiple rooms into thousands of unique settings to run your simulation scenarios or deliver didactic content to your learners. The system does not require the use of goggles or headsets, faculty and learners can engage in the immersive space in a group learning environment and run multi-disciplinary scenarios. These immersive rooms can serve as simulation environments for healthcare, career tech, and humanities programs where educators are only limited by their own imagination. 



Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation (INTUITIVE®) is a professional engineering and analysis firm headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama that provides production support, software and systems engineering, programmatic support, product development, rapid prototyping, and technology management to the Department of Defense, other State and Federal Government agencies, and commercial companies. INTUITIVE provides solutions from design through production to sustainment by delivering targeted results continuously enhanced by advances in technology and best practices. The company is committed to being the leading systems, technology, and management solutions provider in their industry by delivering targeted results enhanced by advances in technology, best practices, and unparalleled customer support. Their expertise in professional engineering, technical services, and analytical support makes them the INTUITIVE choice for innovative solutions. 


Join INTUITIVE’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. William Marx, for a Tech Talk on how INTUITIVE is developing and applying new technology capabilities for internal projects and for their customers.


INTUITIVE is focused on how to e­ffectively apply the knowledge they have gained through their years of research and experimentation. In this Tech Talk, Dr. Marx will discuss INTUITIVE’s 2023 Top Ten Technology Areas—how they align with their capabilities, technical staff, and expanding business base. 


***Because of the nature of the work done at INTUITIVE, this session will be less of a tour and more of talk about the technology areas that the organization is investing in.



Bruderer Machinery, Inc. is a pacesetter in high-quality punching technology. Founded in 1964 by Alois K. Rupp, the company took just a few years to develop from humble beginnings into an international company. This tremendous success has been made possible by four company traits, which have all become our trademarks: performance, precision, quality, and service. Today, Bruderer Machinery, Inc. has evolved from a high-speed stamping machine sales outlet to a supplier of complex stamping lines.

Bruderer Machinery, Inc. in Huntsville, AL is responsible for the rebuilding, repairing, and servicing of Bruderer high-speed stamping presses. Every employee is critical to the team and distinguished by our five core values: commitment, teamwork, integrity, positive attitude, and customer service. Our people are at the heart of our success. The decades of combined knowledge not only benefits the companies that use these machines, but also the future generations of engineers we train and teach. We are an active employer in our community, partnering with local schools and tech centers to train and equip future machine technicians and assemblers with skills needed to excel in their career. We love partnering with like-minded educators and community leaders who are passionate about training individuals for fulfilling careers in manufacturing.

Robotics Technology Park -

The Robotics Technology Park's mission is to provide a technically trained, highly skilled, and educated workforce for automation and robotics, to assist public and private entities in developing new robotics systems and technologies, and to promote the creation, growth, or expansion of companies through innovative technology solutions.

The Alabama Robotic Technology Park is moving forward to meeting the needs of Alabama's economic growth that is currently affecting our workforce needs and the need for future growth.  We are on a mission to serve Alabama employees with training in many new automation areas.  We have updated the current curriculum at the RTP to ensure we deliver the most up-to-date experience while preparing to meet the future needs of the industrial revolution.  Robotic Technology Park (RTP) is always working to move forward in all automation needs of our great businesses.

Alabama School of Cybertechnology and Engineering -

The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) is the nation’s only high school focused on the integration of cyber technology and engineering into all academic disciplines. ASCTE is a public, residential magnet high school serving students throughout the state of Alabama. Tuition and housing are free. 

The ASCTE faculty is composed of field and subject matter experts providing students the highest quality of instruction focused on embedding cyber protections into the engineering cycle.


Trade Show starting Wednesday April 12 8:00AM-5:00 PM 

5:00-7:00 PM reception in the Vendor Exhibit Hall on the Huntsville Campus

 Wednesday Plenary sessions

Trade show and reception



ATEA National Awards and 3 D Futures Awards

Industry tours

Biergarten reception at the Saturn V Center  of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration


 Keynote, Conference closure and Annual Meeting 


ATEA Conference Hotel Drury Hotel

here is the conference booking link  conference rate up to March 1

Drury Hotel Huntsville Reservation Website

or call direct to the Huntsville Drury Inn group rate until April 13


Make  reservations at the Hampton Inn & Suites by simply calling the hotel at 256.971.1850 and using the Group Name American Technical Education Association  or Group Code ATE or online with the link below.  Rate $107

All reservations must be made by the cutoff date of 3/14/2023 in order to secure the discounted rate.

Or, make reservations

Directly on the Hampton website $170 for April 11-14.

Hampton Inn ATEA Registration Website

Booking Link: View your attendee website

Join with technical educators, vendors, business in "Rocket City"--Huntsville Alabama

The American Technical Education Association, an autonomous 501(c3) was founded in 1928 for the purpose of communicating the role and importance of technical education, sharing best practice and building relationships. ATEA identifies the technology and trends that will and are effecting technical education. It is a membership organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

American Technical Education Association

premier association for the post secondary technical educator, with emphasis on professional development.

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818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director

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