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CATEP Educational Partners

In survey after survey – local, national, and international – employers in technical fields say the same thing consistently and continuously: a major reason for new employee attrition is that they are lacking many of the so-called “soft skills”. These include:

The NSF CATEP grant to ACC and Aims Community Colleges allows us to partner with secondary school districts in order to leverage the faculty development and industry related activities in order to help high school students interested in IT to make the right choices in their educational career. One of the goals of CATEP is to increase the knowledge of the pathways and educational opportunities open to high school students. CATEP is seeking educational entities that want to join in becoming part of the solution to the soft skills deficiencies identified by industry nationwide and worldwide.

CATEP offers student internships and job shadowing experiences for students interested in IT in the Aerospace, Energy, Bioscience and IT industries. Also, Mini Tech Fairs – where students, parents, and educators have a chance to hear directly from industry representatives about life on the job – are offered twice per year. As an educational partner, your schools can be a site for one or more of these fairs.
As an educational partner, you will be part of the CATEP Advisory Board (CAB) with valuable inputs to the CATEP processes. The CAB meets at least twice per year and helps shape the implementation of the CATEP grant.

Aims Community College Commitment:

Aims Community College in Greeley is partnering with ACC on the NSF CATEP grant aimed at infusing the soft skills, required by Employers, into the curriculum in our CIS/CSC department courses.

In addition to reviewing and updating the entire curriculum for possible areas of improvement, Aims is reaching out to the high school students in northern Colorado via a Mini Tech Fair which is an opportunity for High School Students to interface with business representatives and former Aims students to discuss career opportunities as well as skill requirements expected by these employers.

Specifically, Aims has added a new class "Management of Information Systems" , starting in the Fall of 2009. This class encapsulates the entire soft skill package including the application of communication and appropriate technical skills, problem solving, and project collaboration within a simulated Technology business environment.


See list of the CATEP current partners