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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 7)

Students create and test robot programs at the Robotics Lab at ATE Ceneter for automotive manufactur

Students create and test robot programs at the Robotics Lab of the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center.

CARCAM colleges work with industry leaders to develop and redesign community college workforce education for todays globally competitive environment. The center's staff uses valuable input from Alabamas leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that CARCAM colleges curricula meet industry needs. CARCAM offers an outreach model to attract, enroll and graduate a diverse population of students in manufacturing careers to provide the region's next generation of manufacturing employees with the skills in automated control systems, robotics and mechatronics systems essential to the future of automotive and automated industry manufacturing.

To learn more about CARCAM, 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 7 of 26 related images. See Image 8.]

Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (

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