High Impact Technology Exchange Conference: Educating America’s Technical Workforce

The High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference is a national conference focused on defining advanced technical education systems that are streamlined to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. The conference is held on an annual basis, and is part of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers’ (NSF ATE) effort to promote excellence in career and technical education.

The conference’s primary emphasis lies on convergence of scientific and technical disciplines. Featured technologies include: advanced manufacturing technologies; agricultural, environmental and energy technologies; biomanufacturing; biotechnology; engineering technologies; geospatial technologies; information, communications and security technologies; learning and evaluation; micro- and nanotechnologies; and optics and photonics technologies.

Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE-an NSF funded ATE Center of Excellence in Tampa, FL says the event will provide numerous opportunities for community college and technical school educators to capitalize on professional development opportunities. Educators can also take advantage of resources that are geared to “refine educational materials, collaborate ventures, and provide insights into emerging market trends that help develop/advance the technical workforce of the 21st century.”

This year’s conference will be held July 26-29, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, FL, and will be jointly hosted by FLATE and SpaceTEC®—another NSF ATE Center of Excellence for Aerospace Technical Education. As one of the primary conference hosts, FLATE will take a leading role in organizing local tours, will sponsor two sessions during the main conference, and support two pre-conference workshops. FLATE will also host "HI-TECH Hotspots"--a welcome session showcasing a panel of Florida's industry leaders, and state and community colleges .

Preconference technical workshops and local industry worksite tours will be offered on Monday, July 26, and Tuesday, July 27. General conference sessions, keynote speakers, and a technology showcase will take place on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29. Online registration for the conference and workshops is now open. Community college and university faculty, high school teachers, workforce development advocates, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians are all invited to attend.

For information on conference registrations, exhibit space, and sponsorship opportunities visit www.highimpact-tec.org, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at 813.259.6578/barger@fl-ate.org.

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