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  What is an ATE Industry Consortium...

  An ATE Industry Consortium provides a framework for colleges and their business/industry partners to work together to ensure a highly skilled technical workforce. Employers work with each other and the college to share responsibility for recruiting, supporting, and coaching tomorrow’s engineering technicians. The Florence-Darlington Technical College ATE Industry Consortium has been successful since 1996. This model may be duplicated in other locations to improve technician education. E-mail SCATE@fdtc.edu for more information or to request assistance using this model in your location.

  In the ATE Industry Consortia for Florence-Darlington and Piedmont Technical Colleges, area industries, in cooperation with the local Technical College, offer sponsorships for Advanced Technological Education Scholars in the following areas:

  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Graphics Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

Membership in an ATE Industry Consortium benefits companies by providing:

  • A cost effective approach to meeting employment needs for engineering technicians.
  • A greater return on investment than traditional hiring practices.
  • An ability to attract, motivate, and retain high quality employees.
  • Recognition as a valued corporate citizen committed to workforce development and economic growth in your area.
  • Access to students trained in team-based classroom and on-the-job problem solving techniques.

ATE Scholars Industry Consortium Member: "I think the ATE program is what we're looking for going into the future. The skills are right in line with what industry needs today."

This SC ATE model may be adapted for use in other locations.

For more information, Contact Rick Roberts.

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