Maricopa Community Colleges


2009 Jun 02

Maricopa Colleges Provide Conference Opportunity for Unemployed, Furloughed Technicians

Funding from the National Science Foundation will help the Maricopa Community Colleges reach out to furloughed and unemployed technicians at a professional development conference July 19 to 22 at the Fairmont Scottsdale.

Participants must apply for 25 available awards by June 18 that will pay for attendance at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC), which will offer a wealth of practical information to help technicians further develop their knowledge, skills and abilities, while providing valuable networking opportunities. Preconference workshops allow participants to gain hands-on experience with current and emerging technologies, while conference sessions and keynotes provide an up-close look at the ever-advancing tools, training demands, and recent developments in emerging and converging technology fields.

The conference will explore such technology areas as advanced manufacturing, agricultural, environmental and energy, biotechnology and chemical, engineering, information and security, learning and evaluation, and micro and nanotechnologies.

Applicants must show proof that they are currently either unemployed or furloughed as a technician in an advanced technology area related to technology areas featured at HI-TEC. Award recipients must attend one and a half days of preconference workshops and/or tours July 19 and 20 in addition to the main conference sessions July 21-22.

Only the first 100 applications will be reviewed, 25 of which will receive the professional development award. The workshop package is valued at $725, which includes all conference materials, workshops, tours, and some meals. Transportation and lodging are not included.

The application deadline is June 18, and applications are available at More information about this opportunity is available by contacting Lara Smith at (480) 731-8050 or For specific conference details, visit

Preconference workshops and tours will cover, among other subjects, photonics, solar technology, biofuel and wind energy production, microsystems, and Green IT.

Conference sessions include Technician Roles in Renewable Energy Fields, Future of Geospatial Technologies, Gene Chip Arrays and BioMEMS, and nanotechnology certification for technicians, among others.

HI-TEC is sponsored by a consortium of NSF Advanced Technological Education centers and projects and supported by grants from NSF and contributions from corporate and industry partners.