To better prepare technicians for the future workplace, the National Science Foundation created a new program in 1994 that supported attempts to improve technical education across the nation. The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program promotes exemplary advanced technological education at the national and regional levels through support of curriculum development and program improvement. One of the ATE "Centers of Excellence," the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR), in Salem, Oregon, addresses improvement in natural resources education. Since its inception in 1995, the center has developed and revised curricula in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and agriculture programs at five community colleges in Oregon, Washington, and California. The Chemeketa Community College Forest Resources Technology (FRT) program, in Salem, Oregon under funding provided by the NCSR, is undergoing extensive curriculum updating.
Andrea, Ara K. and Cudmore, Wynn W.
"Forestry curriculum development at Chemeketa Community College: Methods to ensure student success,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 7
, Article 35.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/35