*** Please note: ATEEC information below is just for historical background. ATTEC group is no longer a functional organization. We have included this information below for you to see the progress in the North. ***
The Applied Technical and Engineering Education Consortium is a group of concerned industry and post-secondary education partners in northern BC. The current and anticipated shortage of skilled workers in technical fields, particularly engineering related fields, is of great concern.
Employer demand and new initiatives in regional economic diversification are spurring this new pan-northern planning venture. ATEEC believes that effective planning will support training and education in applied technical disciplines.
Download the ATEEC REPORT 2008:
Phase I—Fall 2008
*Specific technical skills labour shortages identified through an extensive supply and demand research project, and northern focus groups *Framework for action developed and approved by ATEEC
*Lobbying for resources begins
Phase II— Starting 2009
*Design and implement K-12 initiatives to increase student, parent and counselor interest in technical careers
*Design and implement post-secondary certificate, diploma and degree programs in northern BC, based on identified labour shortages
*Improve science-oriented graduation rates to support post-secondary and employment success
*Improve access and success rates for Aboriginal stu- dents in technology-related programs and careers
*Engage industry to support students through award programs, work experience and internships.
The Movers and the Shakers
The PG Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Resource Centre and College of New Caledonia were all looking for ways to build technical and engineering education capacity in northern BC. ATEEC was formed by amalgamating these three existing initiatives because they were all moving in the same direction. With a dedicated group of people, the goal of ATEEC is to explore and advocate for technical education and assist with its implementation in the North, for the North.
INDUSTRY, ASSOCIATIONS & AGENCIES
Many northern industries are involved including, but not limited to APEG BC, ASTTBC, First Nations Technology Council, Canfor Pulp, McElhanney Consulting, Allnorth Consulting, Terra Cognita Software Systems, National Research Council, SNC Lavalin, Telus and BC Hydro.
Northern BC community organizations are encouraged to get involved! The PG Chamber of Commerce is chairing ATEEC with participation from various community organizations including Innovation Resource Centre, regional economic development agencies and municipal governments.
The Consortium is chaired by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s President:
Albert Koehler, Ph.D., P.Eng. Email: akoehler [at] telus.net
Educational Institutions are engaged: College of New Caledonia, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, school districts and University of Northern BC.