Faculty & Staff

Dr. Rick Polanin Presents at the National Science Foundation Conference

Dr. Rick Polanin (AIT), Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF ATE (Advanced Technological Education) funded National Center for Welding Education and Training,  presented Accreditation: The Path Toward Technician Education Accountability at the annual NSF Principal Investigators Conference on Oct. 27.

Through NSF funding, the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed) has established a consortium of educational and industry partners, developed a series of professional development courses, conducted and disseminated welding employment research, and developed a set of student learning outcomes vetted by education and industry leaders.

The presentation included an overview of the accreditation program currently being developed by the NSF ATE Center. Dr. Polanin described the purpose of accreditation, the process of assessing technician preparation programs, and the timeline developed by Weld-Ed for the initial college accreditations.

The NSF ATE Center has delivered professional development coursework to more than 500 instructors at universities, community colleges, secondary schools, and industry schools impacting more than 36,000 students.