(National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education) Centers is in year 3 of a project grant, funded and started in September 2012. To date, Mentor-Connect has formally worked with 186 faculty and administrators (122 faculty; 64 support personnel) from 61 colleges in 24 states across the United States. Nineteen skilled and experienced mentors from the ATE community have served in the one-on-one mentorship program since 2012. As a result of the mentorships and continued efforts, there have been 10 new awards made from cohort 1. We will find out in the spring and summer of 2015, which of the 18 that submitted in October, cohort 2, will receive awards for projects at their colleges. In October 2015, cohort 3 will be submitting competitive proposals to the NSF ATE program track.
|Bill Eustace NFCC APT Program
mentees in the 2015 Mentor Connect cohort. North Florida Community College will be mentored for their proposal which will focus on developing a proposal to work with district high schools to strengthen manufacturing technician training through its TAACCCT-funded Automation and Production Technology PSAV program. This free structured mentoring program’s goal is to build leadership capacity in community college faculty and to help two-year granting institutions with little to no NSF grant experience through the process of writing a competitive proposal for the NSF ATE program. The small grants for “new to NSF” category have an over 50% funding rate, and is a great way for any two-year granting college with limited grant experience to get their feet ‘wet’.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).