While a great deal of research has focused on scientists and engineers in promoting innovation and spurring economic development, scant attention has been paid to technicians and the programs that prepare people for these roles.

This four-year project takes a multifaceted approach to conceptualizing and examining the economic development role of community college technician education and the Advanced Technological Education program. Together, these two programs form an infrastructure that creates both a workforce of skilled technicians and an ecosystem of innovation, which increases workplace productivity and promotes regional economic development.

The study is divided into two components: a national analysis of community college technician education and economic development, and in-depth regional case studies of manufacturing-sector technician education programs in four regions of the country. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education.

Website: https://sites.rutgers.edu/eerc-hii 

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