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American Technical Education Association

Welcome to the American Technical Education Association

  We welcome you to this association serving American technical education since 1928.

 ATEA's mission is to communicate the role and importance of technical education, share best  practices, build relationships, and identify trends that will effect technical education.   Be part of technical education's  trend identification in eight sectors and share best practices.

ATEA's 2022-23  Sectors are:

1. Aerospace and Space, 2. Allied Health, 3. Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4. Construction, 5. Energy,

6. Information Technology, 7. Manufacturing and 8. Transportation.

Join ATEA to add your knowledge, experience and insight as you connect with others contributing theirs.


Welcome Donations--Donate to ATEA

ATEA Fall Region 5 Conference-October 19 arrival--20-21 conference and tours

"Supporting Students and Faculty for Success"

click to register

Western Dakota Technical College host of “Supporting Students and Faculty for Success”

Western Dakota Technical College host of “Supporting Students and Faculty for Success” Vendor registration

An invitation from Ann Bolman, Ed.D.

President, Western Dakota Technical College

Personal Invitation to ATEA Region 5 Conference from Dr. Ann Bolman President of WDTC.docx

Rapid City is the fastest growing city in the West and has growing innovation and science based industry and research.  Experience first hand how Western Dakota Tech is part of that growth.

Check with Rapid City Regional Airport on flights the week of 
October 17-20, 2022

Rapid City Regional Airport

On site conference includes:

6:00 PM MT--Welcome Spaghetti Dinner --Pennington Room, Western Dakota Tech

Tour to the Sanford Underground Research Facility --part of U S  Department of Energy's Fermilab host of DUNE--both in Illinois and South Dakota and Caterpillar Autonomous Mining Truck Display

Tour presenter,  Michael Headley

click for information this Department of Energy Fermilab Project

DUNE Research at Sanford Underground Research Lab--Lead South Dakota


 Tour of Rapid City Area Business ( Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Caterpillar Black Hills Engineering Design Center and RPM--largest machining equipment in the Midwest, creating parts for airplanes and space craft among others.  Caterpillar Design Center.

ATEA Region 5 Conference Program 08. 26. 2022.pdf

Thank you Moss Enterprises for being a vendor

Howard Johnson Hotel 

605-737-4656 rates change so make reservations early for the lowest rate available

Questions? Please Contact

Thank you Western Dakota Technical College for hosting

Thank you Ivy Tech for the

Best Practice Call--Held

September 22, 10:30-12:00

Eastern Time

Ivy Tech's Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration Program

"Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration Program"

hosted by:

Sue Smith Ivy Tech

VP Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences

Learn about this innovative program that embeds SACA certificates, stacked curriculum and incorporates apprenticeships to serve Indiana manufacturing business partners.  It is DOL funded so you have access to the curriculum.

Presenters included:

Bryce Eaton: SMDI, Program Chair, Assistant Professor (Lafayette campus) and State Chair Smart Manufacturing & Digital Integration Program

Matthew Copeland, Program Chair, Assistant Professor (S. Bend / Elkhart campus)

Joseph Wheatly: Employer Connection (S. Bend / Elkhart campus)

Izza Jatala Kluzyn: Director of Apprenticeships (S. Bend Elkhart campus)

Natalie Nava, Student in SMDI program

Participants who would like th link to the recording, please contact 

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, ATEA Executive Director

Best Practice Call--November 3, 10:30-12:00 CT

Best Practice Call "Electrical Vehicle and Energy Storage Program" hosted by Heartland Community College, Normal IL

Host: Adam Campbell, Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education, Heartland CC, Normal IL.

Hear from the team at Heartland CC who have developed programming to meet the needs of energy storage training for batteries in EV and Wind. They are training for high paying jobs with the goals of the State of Illinois for inclusion.   

The program includes High Voltage

Best Practice Call--
November 10,   10:00-11:30 CT

Best Practice Call hosted by Wichita State University Tech on "How Wichita State University and Wichita State University Tech work together"

Host: Dr. Sheree Utash, President of Wichita State University Tech.

Universities  are taking greater interest in technical education, one model is the affiliation between WSU and WSU Tech --hear from Dr. Utash and her panel on why Wichita Technical Institute affiliated with Wichita State University: what are the benefits, and  recommendations for retaining the technical focus.

Best Practice Calls are free to registrants. Zoom link is sent 24 hours before the call.


 We are honored to be asked by Board members,  Dr. James Barrott and Cliff Wightman to encourage applications for two leadership positions in Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.   

Dr. Carol Puryear-- Tennessee College of Applied Technology- Murfreesboro and Tennessee Board of Regents Workforce leader.  Dr. Puryear's  impact on Tennessee automotive manufacturing, Nissan in Murfreesboro  and Ford  EV trucks in Memphis has been significant.   She has been a leader on the Tennessee ATEA national conference committees in 2013 and 2017 and a presenter in 2022. Thank you Dr. Puryear.

 President Smith, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens.  He  has been an ATEA member and we appreciate his participation. Thank you President Smith.

Here are the  announcement links provided by Chancellor Tydings, Tennessee Board of Regents

TCAT Murfreesboro:

TCAT Athens:

Hold the dates of April 12, 13 and 14

To Renew, Restore and Ignite Technical Education

hosted by the 

Alabama Community College System Presidents Council

on the 

Calhoun Community College, Huntsville and Decatur Campuses 

Serving the Redstone Arsenal, NASA, FBI headquarters, Mecedes Benz EV and Battery Production, Allied Health Innovation, Advanced Automotive Programs and more.

Registration opens soon

Trade Show


Breakouts and Presentation opportunities

ATEA National Awards

3 D Futures Awards


The Huntsville CVB is coordinating with the Gulf Coast for a weekend package

ATEA Regional Councils

ATEA members can serve as Regional Council members  Join ATEA We Welcome your membership

Region 2 President

Cliff Wightman, President, Tennessee College of Applied Science--Crossville Tennessee

President of Regional Councils and Region 5 Council President

Dana Wolff, Faculty, Business Adm and Entreprenership.  Southeast Technical College  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Region 6 Council President

Dr. Lin Zhou, President of Bates Technical College, Tacoma. Washington

Region 4

Region 6

"Renaissance of Technical Education: Artificial Intelligence the Next Frontier"

click to view the presenters and to register for videos

ATEA has masterful content and presenters from around the nation  that informs, inspires and connects participants around technical education. 

Here is the April 26, 27 and 28 2023 National Conference

free to those who registered, reduced for active members and available for registration.



ATEA Board member, Dr. Alex Clifford and Seargent Major in the Maine National Guard has been deployed to Poland, here is a video of the send off

Commitment of ATEA to Diversity Equity and Inclusion 

Board of

trustee TAsk Force Leadership

Anthony Landis, Director of Postsecondary Education for the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Dr.  Shawn Mackey Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Accountability, Mississippi Community College Board

Chelle Travis, Executive Director of Skills USA

Dr. Lin Zhou, President, Bates Technical College, Tacoma WA

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.

For technical education leaders and raising industry leaders a masters program that combines courses from the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management to make decisions on investing institional and business resources in emerging technologies

Management of Technology Masters U of M

Space launch

See Tech Trends

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

Land of Lincoln Community College

Springfield, Illinois

ATEA Institution, organization or business membership

$500 for 6 members

Lincoln Land Community College

Bismarck State College - Discover the Next Version of Yourself

H Logo MarkHighland Community College, Hinds, KS

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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