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Building Better Futures for Learners: A 50-State Analysis of Area Technical Centers utilizes 50-state survey data and supplemental research to provide an overview of area technical centers (ATCs) in the country, whom they serve, where they are located, and how they contribute to postsecondary attainment goals.

There are more area technical centers (ATCs) in the United States than there are community colleges. Despite their prevalence, ATCs are not well understood and, as a result, are often overlooked in wider discussions and decisions regarding postsecondary education and workforce development. These under-utilized public institutions can and should be better leveraged to help more learners equitably access and attain postsecondary education and related credentials of value. Doing so will help close skill and equity gaps and ensure that more Americans have the skills, competencies and credentials they need for future career success and economic prosperity. This report examines these under-studied and under-utilized public assets.


Fact Sheet

This resource showcases why states should leverage ATCs in their efforts to achieve their statewide attainment goals, drawing on national survey findings and best-in-class state exemplars.

Nationwide ATC Listing

Download the full list of 1,346 ATCs (1,481 when taking into consideration ATCs with multiple, affiliated locations) located in 39 states/territories. Please provide the following information to help us track who is accessing our research and how it is being used.