Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance

The Department of Labor recently asked the National Science Foundation to provide technical assistance (TA) services to DOL “TAACCCT” grantees.* The DOL recognizes the proven know-how of the NSF’s Advanced Technological Educations (ATE) centers like the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) and other lead centers listed below. The ATE program has been around for over 21 years. That’s a lot of brainpower. Why ask all of those DOL grantees to reinvent the wheel if NSF ATE Centers could share what they knew?

While the plan is for DOL grantees to learn NSF best practices, the good news is that anyone and everyone can take advantage of this program, which is called CCTA (the Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance).

Five NSF ATE Centers have committed to collaborate through CCTA to respond to a request from DOL. CCTA will involve other NSF and ATE Centers as needed to respond to TA requests. The five centers in the CCTA include:

*(If you haven’t heard the term “TAACCCT,” the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program was established with the signature of Barack Obama in early 2010. It set aside $2 billion, which would be awarded as grants in four annual rounds starting in 2011. The goal was to help community colleges and other institutions expand and improve education programs that could be completed in two years or less and get people employed in high-wage, high-skill occupations.)


CCTA Best Practices

CCTA will be creating a series of white papers to share best practices as additional resources to help other grantees. You can find them posted here below as they are created.

Orchestrating Effective Webinars

Why Build a BILT and How to Build It

CCTA Sustainability

Effective Outreach and Recruitment of Special Populations

Bridge Learning Communities

Internships & Apprenticeships

Community of Practice

NSF Grants (short version | extended version)


CCTA Webinars

The CCTA hosts monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Past presentations have discussed strategies for conducting successful webinars, engaging business leaders in your program, and planning for program sustainability, all of which are archived and ready for viewing here.

Future webinar topics will include looks at communities of practice, leveraging grants, social media, strategies for job places and much more. To register for future CCTA webinars, click here.

These webinars are delivered by the best and brightest in the NSF ATE community, each presenter selected to make sure he/she is an expert on the topic at hand.


How to Mine Job Listings to Parse Employer’s Needs

August 17 (3 p.m. EDT)

Although we often claim we have good relationships with industry sometimes it seems we can’t speak the same language when matching our program graduates with jobs. Today there are new approaches to using the information contained in job listings to better match and align educational offerings to workforce demands. Today’s catch word is “data mining” and that is exactly the approach used here. We look at examples of using information from systems like Burning Glass to refine curriculum to better match program content with industry demand. In this webinar we will discuss what is discover-able and how to use that information.


Preparing for the Future: Succession Planning

September 21 (3 p.m. EDT)


Career Exploration

October 19 (3 p.m. EDT)


The Role of Advisor, Counselor and Career Coach

November 16 (3 p.m. EDT)


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Additional Opportunities

The CCTA also hosts an annual in-person, one-day, free convening. These convenings are held in conjunction with the summer HI TEC education conference. In 2016, the conference will be held in Pittsburgh from July 25-28 with the convening on July 29 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. This past summer, at the first CCTA convening, the schedule offered a variety of concurrent topics and formats. Attendees could choose between panels, roundtable discussions, and presentations. There was something for everyone.

These CCTA resources and meetings and webinars are all free and paid for by the NSF CCTA grant. Why not take advantage of this collective wisdom to strengthen your program?

For more information, contact:

Christina Titus, Program Director
ctitus@collin.edu • 972.377.1786

Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator
abeheler@collin.edu • 972.377.1649