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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 1)


Students perform hydroponic greenhouse management

Hydroponic greenhouse management is one of the new technologies that agriculture students learn at the National Resource Center for Agriscience and Technology Education (AgrowKnowledge), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center.

Located at the Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, AgrowKnowledge enhances the math, science and technology content in agriculture, food and natural resources programs with outstanding faculty development workshops and webinars, downloadable courses and other instructional materials in its resource clearinghouse, industry and education collaborations, a national student organization (www.nationalpas.org) partnership, and job and internship listings in seven career clusters.

The center partners with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization to help prepare students for careers in the increasingly technical field of agriculture; partners with the Industry Partner Council to identify employers needs, define skill requirements, and prepare students for careers in the evolving field of agriculture; and helps students connect with career opportunities in agriculture, food and natural resources through actual openings listed in the Career Clusters section of AgrowKnowledges website.

To learn more about AgrowKnowledge, visit the center's website Here.

About NSF's ATE Program
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, NSF's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation's economy. ATE involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. ATE supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

This image appeared in the ATE Centers Impact 2011 report, which was prepared by the ATE centers with support from NSF grant DUE 10-40932, awarded to the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The full report can be viewed Here. (Date of Image: 2010-11) [Image 1 of 26 related images. See Image 2.]

Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (www.atecenters.org)
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