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A Synergy Of Internships, Research, Scholarships, And Ate Centers

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.112.1 - 6.112.8



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Nicholas Massa

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Gordon Snyder

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Fenna Hanes

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James Masi

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Gary Mullett

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A Synergy of Internships, Research, Scholarships, and ATE Centers

James V. Masi, Fenna Hanes, Nick Massa, Gary Mullett, Gordon Snyder Northeast Center for Telecommunications Technologies Springfield, MA 01105


With the advent of the information superhighway, the Telecommunications Deregulation Act of 1996, and recent advances in technology, the telecommunications industry over the past five years has undergone unprecedented growth with even greater technological breakthroughs predicted for the upcoming decade. Along with this growth comes the challenge of educating enough individuals in the field of telecommunications to assist the industry in maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace and to train capable workforce for the years to come. The effort to train the trainers and offer technology career awareness to students is key to making this happen. The cooperation of industry, government, and education facilitates this workforce synergy.

I. Introduction

The Northeast Center for Telecommunications Technologies is located on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College in their Technology Park. Other educational partners are located at exceptional institutions throughout the Northeast and the Center’s Business and Industry partners number in excess of 36 companies. The educational and industrial collaborators together are addressing the need of business/industry for educated technologies by designing, developing and implementing a new infrastructure for telecommunications technology education, one which can be replicated regionally and nationally. The Center is a catalyst for building an educational framework in New England and New York, with eventual transfer to the Nation, to meet the growing demand for highly skilled technicians and engineers in rapidly changing and emerging telecommunications fields.

To that end, the Northeast Center has formed a regional network of secondary and post- secondary educational institutions (2-year and 4-year), leading edge telecommunications corporations, government and private agencies to: 1. monitor emerging telecommunications-related technical trends, applications and innovations; 2. develop relevant curricula and materials to support advanced technical education of the current and future workforce of telecommunications-related industries; 3. become a location for internships with industry, in order to "earn while you learn", and to develop a center for idea gestation for industry and government related projects; 4. explore and promote best educational methods and tools for delivering world class technical education and related math and science disciplines in cost-effective ways to diverse populations of learners to ensure national workforce development; and

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Massa, N., & Snyder, G., & Hanes, F., & Masi, J., & Mullett, G. (2001, June), A Synergy Of Internships, Research, Scholarships, And Ate Centers Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9836

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