ATE Centers Directors Collaboration
Elaine Craft, Mentor-Connect & SCATE PI presented a paper with CA2VES and two other ATE Centers in February.
Elaine Craft, Mentor-Connect & SCATE PI presented a paper with CA2VES and two other ATE Centers in February at the Conference on Industry and Education Collaboration in Jacksonville, FL. Craft’s role was to address the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. She had previously represented ATE as a speaker at the IMCP 2016 National Summit in D.C. The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is a federal interagency effort supporting the development of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs). Each NNMI has a unique area of concentration, but one common goal across the MIIs is building a workforce pipeline to support advanced manufacturing. A second interagency effort is the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative, which is part of a comprehensive economic development strategy that includes supporting or developing a qualified workforce for the industries. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is supporting the development of a highly qualified entry-level workforce for both the NNMI and IMCP initiatives through education, industry, and government partnerships between both MIIs and IMCPs and ATE Centers and projects.