ATEA 48th National Conference on Technical Education

March 30 - April 1, 2011
Crowne Plaza Riverfront, St. Paul, Minnesota

Dunwoody College of Technology and Minneapolis-St.Paul welcome ATEA (pdf)


Keynote Speakers:

  • Bill Symonds -
    Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.
    Bill Symonds is the director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, which is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Pathways Project was created in 2008 to find promising solutions to our national failure to prepare many young adults for success.  In February, 2011, the Pathways Project released a major report summing up its research and recommendations in Washington, at an event that included keynote remarks from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other key officials. The report is entitled, pathways to prosperity: meeting the challenge of preparing young americans for the 21st century.  
    ATEA 2011 Keynote Presentation 

  • Jim Brazell
    The Future is Here:  STEM Mainstreaming Community College Technical Programs
    Jim Brazell
    is a technology forecaster, public speaker and strategist focusing on innovation. Between 2008 and 2010, Jim delivered over 100 speeches to audiences ranging from the 2009 inaugural NSF High Impact Technology Exchange Conference -- Educating America’s Technical Workforce to the 2008 and 2009, International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation on energy policy in Norway and solutions to the financial crisis in Portugal. Jim has keynoted and been a spot light speaker at conferences for community colleges including: the 25th Annual Career Conference, National Council on Workforce Education, and the Community College Futures Assembly. To learn more about Jim Brazell please visit

  • Stevie Ray
    StevieRay has been a nationally recognized speaker and traininer for nearly 20 years helping Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike to improve communication skills, teamwork, and customer service.  His is the Executive Director of Stevie Ray's Improv company in Minneapolis
    , a company that has provided training and entertainment since 1989.  He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.  He is also a nationally syndicated columnist for the Business Journal Newspapers and author of five books, including; Keep Your Mind On Your Work, What We Laugh at…and Why, and Speaking in Public without Sweating in Private.
  • Rachel Lund
    Rachel Lund is the owner of Motiv84All, a professional speaking and leadership business, and a principal instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, Minn. She has had the opportunity to speak in Russia, Mexico, Belarus, Puerto Rico and around the United States. She was named Women of the Yearundefined2010, by the National Association of Professional Women.  She was also named one of the eleven Women of Distinction and Master Presenter - 2010 at the National Institution for Staff and Organizational Development by the University of Austin-Texas. Rachel recently retired from the position of City Commissioner, Brooklyn Center, Minn., Planning and Zoning which she held for the past six years.

Conference Tracks:

  • Technical Focus - Discipline Specific
  • Teaching Innovation
  • Innovative Teaching
  • Changes in Federal Legislation
  • Leadership in Postsecondary Technical Education

Conference Tours: 

  • Mall of America
  • 3M Innovation Center
  • Science Museum of Minnesota

Conference Trade Show:

  • Exhibitors provided information and products for postsecondary technical educators including textbooks, software, and state-of-the-art equipment for a variety of technical education disciplines.

Conference hosted by:  Dunwoody College of Technology

Support and Participation by:
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

THANK YOU to our 2011
National Conference Sponsors


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