Posts Tagged ‘Technical’

ATETV Episode 5; Plus, ATETV Reports Live From the 2009 NSF ATE Conference!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

ATETV episode 5 is up, and this week we’re reporting on three different ATE success stories. First, we meet a young single mother studying process technology to improve life for her and her family. Then we see how the geospatial technology is bringing the centuries-old craft of surveying into the 21st century. Finally, we learn how internships are getting ATE students into jobs even before they graduate.

In other news, Wednesday through Friday this week the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation are holding the 16th National ATE Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Technicians and the Green Economy,” and the conference organizers have followed through by “greening” proceedings, down to the 100-percent recycled reusable water bottles handed out to all participants.

In addition to discussing the meeting’s very timely theme, participants will attend sessions about making the most of their NSF grants, showcase their projects and network with ATE professionals in their fields from across the country. There’s even a session on making the most of social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook, led by ATETV advisor Gordon Snyder and featuring Mike Qaissaunee, the star of last week’s cloud computing segment.

In order to bring you an insider’s perspective on this week’s event, we’ve recruited two ATE students who will be in attendance to serve as ATETV correspondents. Josh Cleburn is a student at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston. Josh is the president of the school’s section of ISA — The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society.

Also reporting for us is Cristina Curatolo, who is representing Nashville State Community College at the conference. Originally, from Romania, Cristina is a student in NSCC’s Visual Communications program specializing in Multimedia Design. “For me this is a real honor and shows me how much my instructors respect the work that I have done,” Cristina said of attending this year’s conference. You can see an example of her work on her iTunes podcast.

Thanks to Josh and Cristina for their help, and check back in here for more from this year’s conference.  Our correspondent team will be sending live updates throughout the conference via Twitter and uploading photos via Facebook after the event.

We are also starting a discussion in the forum called ATE Conference: Technicians in the Green Economy.  Students, teachers, and other conference attendees can share their thoughts in this thread and keep us updated throughout the week.

We also would love to see your photos and hear your updates in our Facebook fan page.  Feel free to post photos and share your experiences with us.  For those “tweeting” from the event, follow our hashtag #ATEPI to stay up to date!

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.