Volume 1, Issue 4 | August 1, 2020
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work is pleased to bring you news and resources in collaboration with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) community and industry partners. We hope that this content will be useful in this time of substantial educational change. For more information about our project, please visit preparingtechnicians.org.
"HI-TEC 2020 Transformed" a Success
With an expedited launch into virtual conferencing, the HI-TEC 2020 committee members had their work cut out for them, and with a record-breaking number of registrants, the much-anticipated “HI-TEC 2020 Transformed" event did not disappoint. The extraordinary measures undertaken by the committee to adapt to limitations imposed by COVID-19 produced a dynamic and memorable event. Offering both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, panelists and speakers addressed current issues affecting education and provided a plethora of resources. The conference sessions, panels and keynote addresses were recorded and will be available online for six months. For session descriptions and access to their recordings, please see this link.

The 2021 HI-TEC Conference is scheduled to be in Baltimore, Maryland.
Congratulations to the 2020 HI-TEC Award Winners
The HI-TEC 2020 award winners were recognized on July 30 at the beginning of the day's virtual event. Winners are Michael Qaissaunee, PI, E-MATE 2.0: Educator of the Year Award; Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Connecticut College of Technology: Innovative Program Award; and Cal Couillard, Owner and CEO, Speed Solar Inc: Industry Recognition Award. Winners will also be recognized at the 2021 HI-TEC in Baltimore.
Educator of the Year
MIchael Qaissaunee, PI, E-MATE, Brookdale Community College
Innovative Program Award
Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Connecticut College of Technology
Recognition Award
Cal Couillard, Wonder and
CEO, Speed Solar Inc
From the NSF ATE Community
The Dark Web:
Insights From A Cybersecurity Professional
The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) staff at Collin College attended a virtual presentation by Information Security Systems Association on cybercrime and the dark web. The presentation was by Michael Mayes, an executive from the global cybersecurity company, Armor.
Key Takeaways:
  • While there may be over 1.5 billion URLs on the indexed “surface web,” there are over 8000 active links and over 100 markers on the “dark web” that can only be accessed by specific means.
  • Anonymous marketplaces provide specialized platforms for the sale of hacker exploit kits, downloadable malware, and infected AWS and Azure servers. These tools and resources are “readily available” to cybercriminals on the dark web. Anonymous marketplaces are the “most significant development in e-commerce and cybercrime.” Read more.

For more information about The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) see their website.
Mentor-Connect Accepting Applications
The New-To-ATE STEM Faculty Mentorship application is now available from Mentor-Connect. Supported by the NSF, Mentor-Connect is a leadership and outreach initiative for community college STEM faculty. Two-year college teams consisting of two STEM faculty from each applicant college and at least one administrator and/or grant writer will be selected to receive NSF ATE grant proposal development and submission assistance. Colleges who participate in Mentor-Connect's one-year Mentorship program can increase their chances of being awarded a grant up to $300,000, designated as a "Small Grant for Institutions New to ATE."  

Application Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020
Notification of Selection: Friday, November 6, 2020

For more information or inquiries, contact: Mentor-Connect@fdtc.edu, or visit their website, www.mentor-connect.org
Professional Development Resources
Necessary Skills Now Workshops - Sign Up Today!
Necessary Skills Now Network offers professional development to enhance employability skills instruction. "Necessary Skills Now: Integrating Technical and Employability Skills" course will be October 9 - November 6, 2020. This is a facilitator-led 4-week, co-hort focused online workshop. The course requires a commitment of 5-7 hours per week. Those completing the course will receive a digital badge, certificate, and a $100 stipend.

Necessary Skills Now also offers employability skills instruction in half-day workshops. These are are free and can be delivered virtually.

To request a workshop or to register for the upcoming 4-week course,please visit the NSN website.

Additional Resources
This guide is a quick and easy reference offering tips and strategies for instructors to assist in building connections with students and providing a constructive feedback loop in a virtual classroom.
ATE Central Highlights Accessibility Resources for STEM Education
This ATE Impacts blog post highlights resources available to assist the ATE community in preparing and providing learning opportunities that are accessible to all.

For more information, visit the website: ATEimpacts.net/select-stem-education-resources
#Future of Work
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These are the hot Future of Work topics discussed online over the last 15 days, according to Essentials. The website extracts and collates trends about the Future of Work gathered from 159 influencers discussing topics like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Leadership.

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Hosted by Mike Lesiecki, the project's monthly podcasts cover topics such as artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things, cybersecurity, advanced robotics, digital design and prototyping, and other topics at the changing interface of technology, work, and education.  In each podcast, you will hear interviews with industry leaders and working technicians in the field.

Listen to all of the podcasts here: https://www.preparingtechnicians.org/podcasts/
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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF DUE #1839567. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.