Archive for September, 2009

Never Too Late To Learn

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Last week on ATETV, we saw the value of Advanced Technological Education for high school and college-age students. This week we meet a student who proves it’s never too late to learn new skills or switch careers.

Najee’ Person is studying electronics engineering technology at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C. Najee’ had studied business at a community college before entering the workforce. Now he’s looking to make a change.

Najee’s story is a reminder that ATE programs aren’t just for the next generation of workers. As American industry shifts to new green technology, ATE programs can help technical workers update their skills and help workers from other fields, like Najee’, take advantage of new opportunities.    

And this week’s other two segments show that, when these older workers come to an ATE program, they get to work with cutting-edge technology. At Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, agriculture technology students are using the GPS and GIS gadgets found in many passenger cars to make farming more efficient. Meanwhile, design students at Saddleback College in California are learning to “print” 3-D models of their work straight from their computers. 

These two programs are training students on the latest equipment, often donated by the very companies looking to hire the graduates of these programs. Courses like these are a common-sense way for both new and older workers to keep their technical skills fresh.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Hello everyone! We’d like to extend a big welcome to you and thank you for coming to our newly launched ATETV Web site! We have built an online community in order to communicate directly with students, educators, guidance counselors, and parents about Advanced Technological Education. We work in conjunction with the nationwide ATE Centers, and we are here to help enlighten and educate people about the amazing opportunities available for those interested in technical careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that between 2004 and 2014, U.S. companies will hire 2.5 million new workers in jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math. So we are happy to report that there are tremendous opportunities and demand for students with technical degrees!

Every Monday ATETV will debut a new episode showcasing Advanced Technological Education in the classroom and the field. Our goal is to provide video content focused on real-world careers and skills for those who study in technical fields. We have traveled across the country to film ATE success stories from coast to coast. With an emphasis on centers and community colleges, our program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.

In addition to our weekly videos, ATETV aims to create an online network for ATE students, educators and professionals. We encourage you to contact us on ATETV.org by commenting on this blog or posting on our Forum. You can also follow us on social media Web sites; comment on our videos on YouTube and check us out on Twitter and Facebook.

Please drop us a note if you have any questions or comments; we look forward to interacting with you!

ATETV

Friday, September 11th, 2009

ATETV is almost here!  We’re working hard at putting on the finishing touches on our ground breaking web-based video series and interactive network.  Our goal is to bring a unified voice to the ATE programs and community projects, via one comprehensive online network.

We’re not only a video series that highlights success stories with ATE, but we’ve gone full scale in the social media world in order to find our audience.  We strongly believe that connecting with people via ATETV.org, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, forum, and blog will allow a large area of discovery for students, teachers, parents, and whoever else is interested in education in advanced technology.

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