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Thank you Ivy Tech and all who attended the 52nd ATEA national conference on technical education--2015 "Innovation through Continuous Improvement of Technical Education."  Thank you to Amatrol for being a Gold Plus Sponsor and Tooling-U SME for a Silver Sponsorship.

Thank you presenters, panelists and trade show vendors.  Thank you Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Indiana 5th District for the keynote on "Restoring Middle Class Security" and Don Davidson for the opening keynote on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Thank you Tom Snyder and Sue Smith for Co-Chairing and Vearl Turnpaugh for organizing the trade show and tours.  Sarah Cleveland for outstanding work on the program and website and Cathy Cutshall for the coordinating work on registrations, name badges, signage, menus and all the details that make the conference a success. Thank you Tim Kurka from PSAV for audio visual equipment and set up and to Tiera the media manager at the event.

Thank you to the Hilton Hotel for extraordinary service, Josh Gillman, Sales, Juanita Swallers Catering manager, Alexander Morales banquet manager for quality service during the event.

ATEA at Dallara Indy Car Factory



click to register ATEA 52nd National Conference on Technical Education

Ivy Tech information is at:



ATEA national conference 2015 Preliminary Program.pdf

National conference chairs:


Tom Snyder

President, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana









Susan Smith, Vice President of Technology and Applied Sciences Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana



 Vearl Turnpaugh, Associate Vice President for Applied Engineering and Technical Education Programs, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana

Trade Show Chair


Amatrol Sponsor of the

Opening reception and dinner


with Keynote Don Davidson IMS historian

April 15--5:30-8:00

at the

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Welcome by Tom Snyder, President of Ivy Tech

Opening of the conference by

Rich Wagner, President of ATEA Board of Trustees  

April 16

Panel "Innovative Partnerships"  Walter Miller, Director of  Operations Excellence, Cummins Mid-range Engine Plant, Columbus, Indiana; and Dr. James Wolfe, Community Engagement Education Services, FCA FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, Transmission and Central Casting Division, Central Indiana.  Moderated by Tom Snyder

Tennessee Promise--model for American Promise Vice Chancellor James King, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents and Chelle Travis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Tennessee Board of Regents

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will beginning July 1, 2015. It will provide students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE or Wilder Naifeh lottery scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress.


The session will also include Tennessee Reconnect which is a last dollar scholarship for independent adults available only at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology beginning July 1, 2015.

"Role of Centers of Excellence in the Future of Technical Education"panel of both TAACCCT and State Funded Center leadership--Washington State funded, Idaho state and TAACCT, Kansas Federal initiatives.  Areas aerospace, advanced materials, wood products, construction, agriculture, and medical.

"Benefits of TAACCCT for Faculty and Students"United Tribal Council-DeMand program North Dakota and Montana, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Washburn University/Tech Topeka KS, Central Lakes, Brainerd and Staples MN, Ivy Tech.

"NC3 Certification's role in Quality Technical Education" Roger Tadajewski Ex. Director NC3, Snap-on Tool educational representative and Gateway Technical College Kenosha WI.

BreakoutsTrade Show and Industry Tours

April 17  9:00 - 10:00 

"Restoring Middle Class Security"



Susan Brooks

United States Congress

Indiana 5th District


 ATEA Annual meeting-10:00-10:30

Thank you to ATEA Board of Trustee President Rich Wagener Ph.D. serving 2013-2014

President, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis Minnesota 

Oath of Office by ATEA Board of Trustee President Paul Young Ph.D. serving 2015 and 2017.  

President, Northern Wyoming Community College District


Election and appointment of Board of Trustees 2015-2018 terms.

Announcement  and invitation to the ATEA 2016 53rd National Conference location


registration open through April or when filled at 300

click to register ATEA 52nd National Conference on Technical Education


TRADE Show Indianapolis IN April 15-16

Indianapolis IN Hilton Hotel and Suites

online registration: ATEA 2015 National Conference TRADE SHOW 

Print and email or mail: ExhibitContract2015.doc

Thank you Today's Class--Melior Inc for being the first to sign up!

15 TradeShowInfo.doc

2015Conf Sponsorships Categories.doc

  2015Conf Sponsorships Categories.pages



Thank you Tooling-U SME for being a Silver Sponsor!




Thank you Trade Show vendors

Today's Class


Paradigm Publishing


ATP--American Technical Publishers

Online Resources Inc.

Pearson NCCER

JBH Technologies, Inc.




 Link to Ivy Tech YouTube Channel--Introduction of Ivy Tech by President Tom Snyder






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