ATE Impacts 2020-2021

North Dakota Welds Program (NDWelds) North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND http : / / Project Sets Up Statewide Welding Effort NDWelds's infrastructure to bring more people into welding includes the following: • Outreach activities for students between 12 and 18 years old. More than 200 girls participated in welding camps during 2018- 2019. • Professional development for educators. More than 20 secondary school teachers have learned welding skills in workshops where they also received college credit, stipends, and equipment. During welding camps each girl fabricates a metal rose using hand tools and welders. • A standardized statewide welding curriculum. The curriculum follows the guidance of Weld-Ed, an ATE Center, and the standards of the American Welding Society (AWS). To help students throughout North Dakota earn industry credentials, North Dakota State College of Science has become an AWS Accredited Testing Facility. SMART Future Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI http : / / Mobile Lab Brings High-tech Lessons to Rur al Areas The SMART Future project brings together rural high school technology instructors, technical college faculty, and industry professionals to design and deliver instruction in Industry 4.0, supply chain, and automation concepts via a mobile manufacturing laboratory. During week-long professional development workshops, high school instructors from four rural Wisconsin schools receive instruction on equipment and simulations. This enables them to deliver learning modules in advanced manufacturing to their students with the assistance of the mobile lab's technician. When high school students learn in the lab, they gain industry­ recognized credentials that help them transition to college Nearly 400 high school students utilized the mobile lab in two years; the majority earned industry credentials the second year. or employment. They also receive credit for prior learning to facilitate their acquisition of academic credentials.