Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 16, 2014
July 21-24 is going to be an amazing opportunity for community college, high school and university educators, counselors, technicians, industry professionals, trade organizations and workforce development advocates, when the annual High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) will be at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.
HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education. It focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies involved in the high-tech sectors that drive the U.S. economy. HI-TEC provides the brightest, most innovative scientific disciplines and technologies all under one roof.
“HI-TEC is the best place to get quality time with colleagues working in the technological area specifically at the two-year college level,” says Christine Dossey, Associate Director of Partnerships and Communications at the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education. “This unique conference prepares educators for developing project plans, finding potential partners, evaluators, staff, and writing grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF).”
Most attendees walk away from HI-TEC with a sense of completion. The synergy developed among educators when they can talk, share best practices, learn about new technology, and attend workshops together for four straight days is an opportunity not to pass up.
“There is something about getting a bunch of similar-minded people on a bus together for a day of industry and research tours, and a unique lunch or dinner, that can cement professional relationships for life,” says Dossey.
Attendees have the option to choose from eighteen pre-conference workshops and four industry site tours during the first two days, followed by the two day main conference, which will feature keynote speakers and over seventy breakout sessions. There will also be an awards luncheon and an Exhibit Hall with door prizes and an exhibitor reception.
At HI-TEC, the little pieces of work that are achieved all year by individuals at their own colleges and universities are shared and all aspects come together and make sense as part of the “big” picture. Things that are assumed everyone knows are sometimes forgotten about or are suddenly new again, because of changed circumstances on individual campuses, new initiatives being formed, and discovering better ways to accomplish things.
“I personally believe that our work would not be as effective, and that we would not be able to accomplish all that we do without a venue like HI-TEC,” says Dossey.
To attend or for more information, go to http://www.highimpact-tec.org.