Pathways to Innovation

Welcome to Pathways to Innovation

Project Overview

The Building Pathways To Innovation (PTIThrough Strategic Employer Engagement (DUE 2039395) project builds on the ATE-supported Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model, a proven method for strategic employer engagement developed by the National Convergence Technology Center. Colleges involved in PTI develop employer partnerships that yield workforce intelligence that facilitates continuous program improvement and innovation.

What’s So Unique About the BILT?

The frequency, specificity, and depth of business input, coupled with an industry-led governance structure, sets the BILT model apart. BILTs embrace the notion that employer engagement is not an event, but a process built on trusted relationships between colleges and companies. BILTs leverage the sector knowledge of employers and teaching expertise of faculty to foster powerful collaborations that ensure program curriculum meets the needs of business and students are workforce ready.

Through cohort-focused technical assistance leveraging ATE’s capacity-building resources and the BILT model, PTI fosters a culture of innovation co-led by employers and college faculty through three complementary initiatives: BILT Academy, Grant-Seeker Academy, and ATE Answers platform.

BILT Academy

decorative light bulbs

The BILT Academy coaches teams (employer + faculty) from community college STEM programs to effectively keep pace with shifting workforce demands and evolving technologies to prepare the nation’s skilled technical workforce.  

Grant-Seeker Academy

E-learning via virtual application, videocall video conferencing activity, colleagues working together concept. Pc screen view over woman shoulder, listen tutor gain new knowledge noting information

The Grant-Seeker Academy mentors grant-seeking college teams to use BILT’s essential elements as a foundation upon which to build competitive proposals for implementing innovative ATE programs responsive to employer needs. 

ATE Answers

Business Solutions, Consulting

Through coordination efforts with ATE National Centers, PTI assists new grantees with strategic employer engagement and effective grant implementation / management through on-demand resources and an ask-an-expert platform. 


Project News

Welcome BILT Academy Cohort 2. The Academy begins November 19, 2021

decorative light bulbs

Learn About the BILT Model

The BILT Model: Six Ways to Engage Employers and Give Students the Skills They Need to Get Hired

Overview Video

Watch this 2 minute introduction to the project.