The Algae Foundation® and Algae Technology Educational Consortium

Ira Levine, Cindy Gerk, Stephen Gómez, Jakob Nalley, Marissa Nalley

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The Algae Foundation established in February 2013 has developed a diverse portfolio of algal-based education and workforce development programs covering education levels from kindergarten through college, aquaculture extension, and free online courses. The Algae Foundation created the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) with five major foci including community college certificate program in algae cultivation; community college curriculum adopted for algal biotechnology degree programs; Algal Massive Open Online Courses (Algal MOOCs); Algae Academy, a kindergarten to 12th grade STEM curriculum initiative; and aquaculture extension education through the Algae Cultivation Extension Short courses (ACES). The results include the education and training of over 102,000 students, aquaculturists, entrepreneurs, and bioeconomy-based professionals aged 8–75 years in all 50 U.S. states and 66 countries. ATEC has completed agreements with 21 community colleges and universities located in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The first ATEC-sponsored certificate degree program graduation was in May 2018. The Algae MOOC #1 has had over 15,752 students enrolled. ATEC initiated the Algae Academy in spring 2016 in Carlsbad, CA, and expanded to serving over 34,000 students in 46 states during the academic year 2019–2020. ACES has enrolled over 1,550 students from 66 countries.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1099-1117
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the World Aquaculture Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of World Aquaculture Society.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5700-80458


  • ACES
  • Algae Academy
  • algae education
  • Algae Foundation
  • algae training
  • ATEC


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