Volume 2, Issue 2 | February 2021
Progress Inside the Project
ATE Leadership Caucus
Lends Insight and Vision to the
Future of Work
Each month Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work brings together leadership from the ATE Centers to facilitate a discussion about cutting-edge technologies and implications for technician education. These virtual meetings also provide a forum for the ATE Leadership Caucus to share updates about their centers and discuss issues, systems and strategies for the rapidly changing landscape of technology, education and instruction, especially during the age of COVID-19.

On February 17, this month's meeting will feature Dr. Marilyn Barger, special advisor on the project team for Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work and Director of Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE). Since it's inception in 2004, FLATE has a longstanding record of productivity and bears the distinction as an NSF Center of Excellence. Marilyn will discuss their successful transition from NSF sunset to sustainability. Continue reading.
Seeking Subject Matter Experts
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agricultural & Environmental
  • Biological & Chemical
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Information & Security
  • Micro & Nanotechnologies
Industry Connection
Entrepreneur Says Biotech Is A Growing Field: Anticipates More Overlap in Nano & Biotech within Agricultural Technology
Entrepreneur and PhD physicist Aaron Santos suggests community college students and faculty pay attention to the intersection of micro and nanotechnologies with biotechnology, and the emergence of their use in sensors and other new devices.

In short, nanotechnology innovations are becoming more commercially viable in bioscience products.

“My prediction is that you’re going to see what happened with the programming and software startups that you saw popping up in the 90s. I’m predicting that you are going to see a similar effect with some of the biotechnologies that are coming out now,” he said. Continue reading.

By Madeline Patton
FLATE - Florida's 2020 Manufacturing Month Hub
Featured Resources
NSF- EHR Releases STEM Education for the
Future - 2020 Visioning Report
This report tackles the key questions on achieving the goals of lifelong STEM learning, equitable access to sustained success, and a strong American workforce.
  1. Priority One - All learners at all stages of their educational pathways must have access to and opportunities to choose STEM careers and contribute to the innovation economy.
  2. Priority Two - We must build an ethical workforce with future-proof skills.
  3. Priority Three - We must ensure that the appropriate technological innovations make it into learning spaces, whether face-to-face classrooms or not, guided by educators who understand how modern technology can affect learning, and how to use technology to enhance context and enrich learning experiences for students.
MIT Task Force on Work of the Future Releases Report
After two years of research on technology and jobs, MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future released its report in November. The American Workforce has been deeply affected by decades of advances in technology including a culling of middle and low-tier jobs. But the advent of innovation also gives rise to opportunity in jobs creation. This report advocates for better policies during a time of transformational technological changes. The six key points from the report:
  1. Technological change is simultaneously replacing existing work and creating new work. It is not eliminating work altogether.
  2. Momentous impacts of technological change are unfolding gradually.
  3. Rising labor productivity has not translated into broad increases in incomes because societal institutions and labor market policies have fallen into disrepair
  4. Improving the quality of jobs requires innovation in labor market institutions. 
  5. Fostering opportunity and economic mobility necessitates cultivating and refreshing worker skills.
  6. Investing in innovation will drive new job creation, speed growth, and meet rising competitive challenges.
The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP (pronounced iZip), hosted their Future of Work Summit Discovery Series: Future of Work – Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis. Experts from Accenture, Aruba Networks, Boeing, Cisco, IBM, ISSIP, Plotly, and Skuchain shared perspectives on building resilient supply chains. For more information, including the agenda links to session recordings, follow this link.

ISSIP is a nonprofit professional association co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several universities with the mission of promoting service innovation for our interconnected world.
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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.