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April 27, 2020

Preparing technicians for the future of work

The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program remains at the forefront of STEM technician education. NSF recognizes that the ongoing transformation of the workplace means that in the very near future America’s technicians will need to navigate and troubleshoot processes involving artificial intelligence, the Internet-of-things, cybersecurity procedures, advanced robotics, digital design and prototyping, and the way in which these and other advanced technologies interact within horizontally and vertically integrated systems. In recognition of the challenges in technician education that lie just ahead, the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) is leading the NSF project "Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work." The project is launching regional activities in which industry partners, two-year colleges, and ATE community leaders will work together in transforming technician education at the associate degree level. This video is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF DUE Grant #1839567. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Find more information here:

Credit: Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)

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