NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for high-technology fields. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians. With funding through an ATE grant, Yavapai College better aligned their education offerings with industry need and created applied learning experiences for students. Most notably Yavapai College created a braided internship program in which students spend two days working and three days taking related college coursework. Students successfully completing the program earn a college certificate.
The college’s on-going employer engagement and partnership with an economic development agency were critical to creating the braided internship and other internship opportunities. In order to support this work, SPR served as the evaluator on this grant (Award # 1501147). In this role, SPR provided bi-annual outcome memos and a final report. Results from this work showed that employers were satisfied with interns, the college exceeded most of its enrollment and completion goals, and successfully expanded the college’s capacity for providing applied learning experiences. You can read more about their work and outcomes in our recent report. The next NSF ATE grant application deadline is October 3, 2019. To learn more about how SPR can support your ATE proposal’s evaluation plan, please reach out to Dr. Leela Hebbar ([email protected]).