Florence, S.C. (July 2016) – Mentor-Connect, headquartered at Florence-Darlington Technical college and funded by the National Science Foundation received the HI-TEC Innovative Program Award at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) on July 27 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The award recognizes on Advanced Technological Education program each year that has designed and implemented significant innovations leading to a positive impact on student enrollment, retention, and/or advanced technology education.
BRTC faculty members are currently receiving Mentor-Connect mentoring. Rex Flagg, Science Department Head and Rickie Gunn, Welding Instructor are being advised by Osa Brand as they prepare their proposal to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program.
Mentor-Connect works in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to help STEM faculty teams from participating institutions apply for grant funding from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program (NSF ATE).
The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (www.highimpact-tec.org) is produced by a consortium of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education centers and projects and is supported by grants from National Science Foundation and contributions from corporate and industry partners.
BRTC is 1 of 30 two-year colleges nationwide and 1 of 2 Arkansas colleges accepted into the program.