Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) provides multiple opportunities for partnering with us. Whether you are an educator working on curriculum or professional development, or a current or future student pursuing education and/or a career in IT, or a business wanting a qualified technical workforce, BATEC welcomes you to get involved.
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BATEC is excited to serve in its new role as a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) National Center of Excellence for Computing and Information Technologies. In this role, BATEC will carry out its vision of implementing computing pathways that consist of high-quality coursework and integrated work experiences for motivated, typically underserved high school, community college and university students in four urban regions – Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Las Vegas. These four regions feature a strong demand for high-tech labor coupled with great opportunities for building new connections in skills-training and workforce development. We look forward working with our new partners to co-design scalable and sustainable programs that can be replicated across the country.
With its partners, BATEC will increase the number and diversity of highly qualified technician-level IT professionals; identify the needs and requirements of industry as well as opportunities for economic development and align those with education; and institutionalizing an information technology pathway – from high school to community college to university – with educational practices that make high-quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, attributes and processes relevant to computing available to all students.
In an increasingly competitive global economy, America’s economic strength depends on the education and skills of its workers. Basic computing and IT skills are now among the world’s most available commodities, and insufficient to prepare future IT professionals for successful careers. The new IT jobs demand sophisticated and imaginative computing knowledge combined with the ability to think and act in an entrepreneurial fashion by using problem-solving techniques, performing computational thinking and other higher-order skills. Business and Education must work together to address this growing issue. Please join us as we work together to create the best learning and earning environments for our regions!
- Deborah Boisvert, BATEC Executive Director