PETE is successful because of the diverse collaborations and partnerships it has forged. These partners and collaborations make PETE what it is, and bestows on it the resources needed to address the critical environmental issues that lay ahead.

PETE’s primary goal is to create and maintain local, regional and national public-private partnerships to support the network of PETE member colleges to deliver quality, relevant, and up-to-date environmental education and training.

PETE is pleased to count the following organizations as partners in our efforts:

Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)

ATEEC is a national center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program. The vision of ATEEC is to collaborate in the creation of a world class network of community and technical college environmental programs which link with high schools and prepare high school students for entry into these two-year college programs. ATEEC has three broad goals that guide all efforts of the organization:

  1. Strengthen science, math, and technical curriculum and instructional materials that support environmental technology education for all students.
  2. Strengthen the nation’s environmental technology programs through the provision of professional development opportunities for two-year colleges and secondary school educators.
  3. Strengthen environmental technology education by providing support services for program improvement.

For more information about ATEEC’s Fellow’s Program, visit their website at

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has been an aggressive partner in the development of the PETE program since the beginning of the national partnership concept. Representing over 1200 of the 1325 community, technical, and junior colleges in the U.S; AACC has assisted in the PETE organizational development and encouraged its college membership to participate in the PETE regional networks.

For more information about AACC please visit their websire at

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), founded in 1969, is one of the leading developers and distributors of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software in the world. PETE and ESRI have formed the GIS Training and Education Alliance to collaborate in the development of education and training initiatives of mutual interest. As a benefit of the Alliance, ESRI will provide PETE faculty with training and ARC/View software at no charge.

Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute(HMTRI)

The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) was established in 1987 by two Iowa community colleges that have long been active in environmental health and safety education and training. The purpose of the Institute is to promote worker protection and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment through education and training. Sponsor colleges are the Eastern Iowa Community College District, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, and Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. PETE has partnered with HMTRI on the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC), the Environmental Careers Center (ECC) and the Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST).

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

PETE has a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 5,500 member National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) for collaboration on programs of mutual interest. This includes the promotion and participation in each organization’s events and public information dissemination. NEHA has developed an Environmental Technician Certification program which will be identified as an option for the graduates of PETE college programs. In Fiscal Year 1998, the Journal of Environmental Health, NEHA’s official publication, dedicated considerable space to publicizing PETE initiatives and listing available environmental support materials.

National Environmental Safety & Health Training Association (NESHTA)

NESHTA is a non-profit educational organization representing over 1,500 environmental trainers from colleges, universities, government, industry, and private consulting firms nationwide. NETA has been an active partner in the development of PETE from its earliest stages and serves as the host of the Western PETE Region’s operation.