American Technical Education Association Appoints DCC President to National Board of Trustees

Dr. Scott R. Mickelsen, President of Dawson Community College, was recently appointed to the National Board of Trustees for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA). Dr. Mickelsen was nominated by Dr. Paul Young, ATEA Past President, and endorsed by the ATEA Executive Committee based upon his commitment to technical education. His nomination was presented and approved on April 3, 2019 by the current ATEA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Scott R. Mickelsen

As a member of the ATEA’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Mickelsen will help lead and develop new programs and initiatives, build relationships with industry leaders, support professional development opportunities, and share best practices that strengthen America’s workforce and economy.

“It is an honor to fill a position on the American Technical Education Association’s Board of Trustees,” Dr. Mickelsen said. “Technical education plays an essential role in the growth and success of communities of every size. I look forward to building relationships and continuing to develop a tradition of excellence in technical education that will benefit Dawson County, the state of Montana, and the nation.”

The ATEA was founded in 1928 “for the purpose of supporting technical education to foster American industry, good jobs, and the skill development of individuals” ( The organization’s leadership and members includes individuals from across the nation at all levels of technical education, associated businesses and industries, and other stakeholders. ATEA advocates for technical education by sharing best practices, building and fostering relationships, and identifying and working with trends affecting technical education.

For more information on the American Technical Education Association and Dr. Scott R. Mickelsen’s appointment to their National Board of Trustees, contact Janelle Olberding, Dawson Community College Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 406-377-9444 or

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