As industry grows, demand for trained algae researchers, scientists, and engineers increases.

The Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is a collaboration between the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Algae Foundation, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  ATEC’s goal is to develop educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities, by focusing on the skills required to support early-stage research and development, along with the commercialization of algal products.

a photo of two scientists in a algae lab

Researchers processing algae cultures in light/growth room.  Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

ATEC recognizes that algal production will provide a sustainable source of biomass for biobased transportation fuels, products, food, and feed, resulting in high-quality jobs. Through algal education, students learn practical applications of farming and biotechnology to develop skills for the next generation of algal-based careers and to improve skills for those already in the algae workforce.

Explore workforce development opportunities in algae provided by the Algae Foundation and their academic partners.


Some of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium’s first graduates celebrate receiving their algal certificates from the Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Community College.

Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Community College.

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-Based College Certificate Program

Learn more about ATEC’s first graduating class that received certificates from the ATEC algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.