NSF and its Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program has played
a key role in the growth and direction of Red Rocks Community College Renewable Energy training and jobs programs and in our efforts to promote sustainability across the curriculum. On July 1st, 2009 Red Rocks was awarded an ATE grant, Award Id: 0903055. Below you will find a synopsis of the ATE program and a summary of our specific grant.
Synopsis of the NSF ATE Program
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nations economy. The program 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. The ATE program 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. A secondary 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 applied research relating to technician education.
Summary of Red Rocks
The proposal, Sustaining a Green Collar Workforce: An Interdisciplinary Approach, submitted by Red Rocks Community College, is focused in workforce preparation for the renewable energy and environmental technology industries. Proposed activities include the alignment of standards and job skills from the targeted industries to design and adapt new and existing curriculum using the research-based, industry involved DACUM (Designing Curriculum) process that has been adapted by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center, a National Science Foundation grantee. Academic courses in science will be adapted to include contextual teaching of the science of energy and energy technologies. The science coursework will be offered as dual enrollment courses allowing high school students to earn college credit. Achieving sustainable energy solutions is emerging as mission-critical impacting multiple industries and driving new national priorities, thus faculty from across disciplines will be engaged in developing sustainability curricula content. The resulting curriculum and teaching strategies will be broadly disseminated through annual grade 9-14 Faculty Institutes.