Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC)

The Algae Foundation launched the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) project, recognizing algal production will provide a sustainable source of biomass for bio-based products, feed, fuel and foods creating high quality jobs for an educated workforce.

The consortium’s goal is to develop novel educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities, by focusing on the skills needed to support the commercialization of algal products.


Develop and Implement a two year community and/or technical college degree in Algae Biology, Cultivation, and Technology.

Establishment of an aquaculture extension training program in Algal Farming.

ATEC Extension Program

The extension program is available throughout the country via online platform.

Short Course, 1-2 weeks

Initial courses to be offered in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine and New Mexico, the states with existing algae biomass efforts.

The Foundation’s ATEC committee is presently comprised of twenty-five members based throughout the United States who collectively have more than 200 years in algal-based education, research, and commercial experience. ATEC is currently supported by a second, 3-year award to produce a novel two year associate of science degree in Algae Biology, Technology and Cultivation.