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 SpaceTEC®  Receives Grant Renewal


Brevard Community College, recognized as one of America's leading community colleges for quality in instruction and organization, innovative and leading-edge programs, recently received word of the renewal of a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program to continue support for SpaceTEC®, the nation's only National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education which is headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL.  


SpaceTEC® is under the direction of Dr. Albert M. Koller, Principal Investigator and Managing Director, and administers the SpaceTEC® Certified Aerospace Technician™ education and certification program through a consortium of fourteen community and technical colleges in ten states. The award is effective April 1, 2013 and expires March 31, 2017. 


In its Award Letter, NSF stated "Congratulations on receiving an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) award." NSF cited DUE-1303935, a grant proposal submitted to NSF in October 2012 to continue support of the SpaceTEC® National Resource Center "on scientific/technical merit" as the reason for the award and further stated "we have confidence that your project will bring significant improvements to technician education."  


For the October 2012 deadline, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program received 225 proposals, which requested approximately $181 million for projects, Centers, and targeted research on technician education. Of the $64 million that was available in FY2013 for ATE activities, only approximately $31 to $36 million was available to begin new awards, with additional amounts committed to many of these awards in FY2013-FY2015.  


The goal of the ATE program is to promote exemplary improvement in the way technicians are educated for the workplace. Successful proposals for projects and Centers demonstrate collaboration of two-year colleges with secondary schools and four-year institutions and among groups of two-year colleges. Intellectual partnerships with business, industry, and government are also featured. Center or project activities are led by those with expertise in the scientific or technical fields.

In addition to providing partner colleges support for curriculum, assessments, promotional activities, and industry outreach, SpaceTEC® and sister organization CertTEC® also administer examinations and issue performance-based certifications to technicians in many fields including advanced manufacturing, electronics, composites, aviation, and space vehicle processing in support of America's commercial, civil, and defense space activities.

For more information about SpaceTEC® and CertTEC®, please visit our websites.



The SpaceTEC® HQ Team:

Dave Fricton, Mark Gaedcke, Dr. Koller, Carolyn Parise, Barbara Fuller, and Steve Kane





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