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American Technical Education Association

The American Technical Education

An association focused on the technology and innovation across sectors and builds networks and relationships among those to teach, administer and employ the workforce.

ATEA Summit 
"Space Workforce in Southern California"

November 8

California State University Long Beach, Pointe Conference Center

Conference is sponsored by Dassault Systemes

Panelists and participants are from the 4 Southern California area serving the space sector. 

Program for download

Program Space Workforce in Southern California Summit November 8.docx

More details of the Summit

Space Workforce in Southern California

 Endress+Hauser Apprenticeship Program with Ivy Tech on Smart Manufacturing

Left: Nick Rhorer, Technical Trainer, apprentices in Ivy Tech and Endress+Hauser Smart Manufacturing 4.0 AAS degree with early stackable SACA certificates, on the right Robert Head, Apprenticeship Program Manager.  Greenwood IN 2023

Hold April 10, 11, and 12  2024

for the ATEA Annual National Conference

"Collaboration for Maximum Impact"

hosted by WSU-Tech. Wichita Kansas, Chair Dr. Sheree Utash President

Early Bird Registration to open in December


The Tech Ed Podcast link to hear the full interview of Sue Smith, Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana

Sue talks about Smart Manufacturing and Digital Integration with Matt Kirchner,The Tech Ed Podcast owner and host.

key take away from Sue is the future of higher education is "No Credential Left Behind.'

Tech Ed Podcast Interview with Sue Smith, VP Ivy Tech

Matt Kirchner, host of Tech Ed Podcast. Matt and Sue are ATEA Board Members

Board of Trustees 2023

Best Practice CALL --"CHAT GPT  Educators and Employers challenges and Opportunities"

"Community and Technical Colleges educate technicians in a wide range of industries including computer science, data science, and robotics among many others. As such, the integration of ChatGPT and AI in the various fields will likely escalate and become a part of the academic programs."

January 17, 2024
11:00 CT

Host:  Dr. Steven Barrett 

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Electrical and Computer Science Engineering University of Wyoming 

Dr. Steven Barrett biography.docx

Dr. Barret will be joined by panelist teams of an educator and technical program industry advisor.

Early registration is here:

ATEA President Reynard hosts DOE at Lamar State College Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas

Full Live Stream Video available

Please click below and ATEA will email the link to you.

DOE Listening Session held at Lamar State College Port Arthur

June 14, 2023, Secretary Jennifer Granholm's Listening Session in Port Arthur, Texas, hosted by Dr. Betty Reynard at Lamar State College Port Arthur. With Secretary Granholm was Shelanda Baker, Director of Economic Impact and Diversity and Advisor to the Secretary. The DC contingent included 30 others. 

Port Arthur leader, Yadira Cardenas, President of League of United Latin American Citizens,(LULAC) ,with Dr. Reynard and Secretary Granholm, June 14 on the closing panel of the Listening Session.

Dr. Betty Reynard, ATEA Board of Trustees President 2023-2025

President of Lamar State College Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas


Dr. Ann Bolman, ATEA Board of Trustee 1st Vice President-President Elect--2023-205

President of Western Dakota Tech, Rapid City South Dakota 

Ryan Purdy, ATEA Board of Trustee 2nd Vice President 2023-25

President of MidPlains Community College, North Platte, Nebraska 

American Technical Education Board of Trustee Executive Committee and Board 2023

Board of Trustees 2023

Welcome to the

American Technical Education Association

 serving American technical education since 1928 by

communicating the role and importance of technical education,

sharing best  practices, building relationships,

and identifying the technology and trends that will effect technical education.   

Join to participate in the ATEA Sector Programming and to participate in your Region's Council.

ATEA Overview 2023.docx

ATEA Regional Councils

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

Contact ATEA to be included on the Regional Council for your location.  ATEA assists with convening and hosting conferences for your region, build lasting relationships and share best practices

ATEA Sectors 2023-2024

ATEA Members can lead Sectors as Champion and Connectors--identifying the focus of the sector for the coming year and other sector positions, of Experts, Faculty and Business Partners--who will be invite to serve on panels and to host Best Practice Calls.  ATEA Board Chair of the Sectors is Past President, Sue Smith, VP for Advanced  Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech.   ATEA encourages broad based participation.  Please contact ATEA to be forwarded to Sue Smith by August 10 if you are interested in participating--ATEA 

Aerospace and Space


J  P Laguerre, Director of Education, 3 D Experience, Dassault Systemes

Southern California and New York

Agriculture Natural Resources


Ryan Purdy, President of Mid Plains CC. North Platte, NE

"Renaissance of Technical Education: Artificial Intelligence in forestry heavy equipment, farming, ranching and aquaponics

Allied Health


Ken Kirkland Dean of Health Sciences, Calhoun CC, Huntsville AL



HVAC workforce-focus on Heat Pumps.  Tom Weiss 



Dr. Betty Reynard, President of Lamar State College Port Arthur TX

Information Technology


Dr. Sandy Caldwell, Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission



Sue Smith, VP or Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ivy Tech CC, Indiana



Cliff Wightman, President, Tennessee College of Applied Sciences-Crossville and Livingston

Newly appointed to the ATEA Board 2023-2026

Board of Trustees 2023

Dr. David Dore

Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System

Dr. Sandy Caldwell

Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission

Dr. Brad Tyndall

President, Central Wyoming College

Matt Kirchner

LAB Midwest, CEO and Tech Podcast, Wisconsin

Dr. Matt Janisin

VP Business and Workforce Solitons

Gateway Technical College

My experience at ATEA has been more impactful that I ever imagined. Not only have I met extremely talented leaders that are doing cutting edge work in technical education, but the level of camaraderie and willingness to help one another is special. It is not about the title that each has, but about helping each other solve real problems. Every time I reach out to an ATEA member, I am received with a warm welcome and provided industry leading advice. I encourage you to join ATEA. 

Brian Bontempo

Superintendent Auburn Career Center

8221 Auburn Road

Concord Twp., OH 44077


Anyone seeking the latest developments in technical education will find no better source that ATEA. It is the only educational or industry association in the world focused solely on technical education. Through its many conferences, and publications, ATEA showcases the latest technologies in each technical discipline, such as Industry 4.0, and presents innovative teaching strategies that helps elevate its member organizations to the highest levels of performance. ATEA members are also a very welcoming group of professionals who go out of their way to share ideas and help other members improve their programs. Membership in ATEA is an opportunity to gain new knowledge and make many great lifelong friendships.”

Paul Perkins

President, Amatrol, Inc.

2400 Centennial Blvd 

Jeffersonville IN 47130 | USA

t. 812-288-8285 ยท  800-264-828Transforming the Global Workforce One Life at a Tim


Dr. David Dore

President of Campuses and Executive Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Workforce Development, Pima College District Arizona


Chancellor of Virginia Community College System 

David Dore Appointed Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Visited Bates Technical College in October.  ATEA Board member Dr. Lin Zhou welcomed her interest in technical education and apprenticeships.

First lady Jill Biden visits Bates Technical College 100722.docx

Department of Energy Secretary Grandholm and 35 members of the Department and the EPA were hosted at Lamar State College Port Arthur on June 13 for Listening Session on Energy Justice.


"Supporting Students and Faculty Success"  October 19--20-21

held in Rapid City.  Thank you to  host 

ATEA Conference Program WDTC 10-2022.pdf

Tour of Sanford Underground Research Facility--slides

Tech Presentation_ Apr 2022_OPS[44].pptx

Western Dakota Technical College Conference photos

Sanford Underground Research  Facility SURF--Lead, South Dakota

Presenters from Systems and Operations at SURF

L-Al Stratman, Engineering Director

Tim Baumgartner, Surface Operations and Utilities Director

Will McElroy, Deputy Director of Operations

Tracey Doherty, Moss Enterprises with  Gillette CC Wyoming faculty and Dean

ATEA  Tour of SURF's Water Treatment  Facility

LAB Midwest L-Joe Gingrich, Gillette CC, WY and Nick Mootz Lab Midwest

ATEA Downtown Rapid City

Network gathering before the opening session. Right  Dr. Betty Reynard, President of Lamar State College, Port Arthur, ATEA 1st VP and President-elect, center Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Ex Director ATEA, Dana Wolff, Southeast Technical College, ATEA President of the Regions and STC faculty

Tour of Caterpillar Design- back row left: Sean McCrary, Sheridan CC Diesel and Truck Driving;Travis Grubb, Dean of CTE, Gillette;  Joe Gingrich, Diesel Gillette College; Mike Ebbing STI HR instructor; Sylar Stitt Diesel and front right Kristin Henderson, General Ed Lake Area; Center: Barry Spriggs VP of Academic and Student Affairs Gillette CC--and Gina Grant, Gen Ed, Lake Area Tech

Dr. Ann Bolman, opening Friday sessions

Opening Welcome, Dinner and Panel

Opening Welcome

Dr. Jon Connolly, President of ATEA Board of Trustee and President of Sussex County Community College, Newton NJ

Opening Welcome

Dr. Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Technical College and ATEA 2nd VP

Opening Panel Economy of Western South Dakota and "Elevate Rapid City"

Moderator: Chandra Calvert, WDTC--Director of Industry Relation and Grant Management

Thank you Moss Enterprise and Lab Midwest  for your support of technical education and ATEA

Commitment of ATEA to Diversity Equity and Inclusion 

Board of

trustee TAsk Force Leadership

Anthony Landis, IFF Organization, Ohio

Chelle Travis, Executive Director of Skills USA

Dr. Lin Zhou, President of Bates Technical College, Tacoma WA, Region 6 President

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

Thank you for your service on the ATEA Board of Trustees 2013-2023 and on for supporting ATEA DEI Taskforce

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

 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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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