Betty M. Krump is the Executive Director of the American Technical Education Association. ATEA is an international association dedicated to excellence in the quality of postsecondary technical education with an emphasis on professional development. The Association office is located on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. ATEA is composed of individual, institutional, and corporate/business members.
Ms. Krump started her career with ATEA in 1976, when she was hired as the association’s administrative assistant. In 1984, she was named Executive Director of ATEA. As Executive Director, Ms. Krump is the chief executive officer of the association. She reports to a 25 member Board of Trustees and is responsible for the administrative and business management of the association in accordance with its bylaws.
Utilizing national and regional planning committees, Ms. Krump coordinates the arrangement and implementation of national ATEA conferences including site selection, registration, onsite coordination, and promotional activities. These conferences provide professional development opportunities for faculty and administration. Recently, she reorganized the conference format to involve an entire state technical education system and incorporate discipline specific presentations.
Additionally, Ms. Krump is the managing editor of the ATEA Journal, a professional, refereed publication published four times annually. She is credited with updating the publication from a newsletter to its current format.
Also to her credit is the annual ATEA awards program. The Outstanding Technical Teacher Award is given to a full time postsecondary technical educator anywhere in the nation whose performance and contributions are exceptional, including innovative teaching strategies and involvement with business and industry. The Outstanding Technical Student Award is presented to a full time student in a postsecondary technical education program who is very strong academically and shows potential in his/her chosen field. The Outstanding Service Award, is given to an individual in the field of postsecondary technical education who has made significant contributions to its benefit. Also, in cooperation with the National Technical Honor Society, the Silver Star of Excellence award is presented at ATEA’s National Conference each year recognizing business and industry members who have made significant contributions to postsecondary technical education.
Over the years, Ms. Krump has worked diligently to foster relationships between technical education institutions and business and industry. She has provided leadership supporting the current and future trends for an effective learning environment for postsecondary technical education and its industrial training counterparts. She promotes technical education and training in order to support the needs of business, industry and government to provide a competent, well-trained workforce needed to be competitive in today’s market. In addition, Ms. Krump is continually working to form relationships and partnerships with other professional organizations and trade associations that support and share ATEA’s interests in technical education. She represents ATEA and serves as a liaison at events and meetings of these organizations. Most recently, ATEA was named an associate of Workforce Innovations 2005, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Association of Workforce Boards. This annual conference showcases the latest initiatives, federal policy developments, and innovative practices from the world of workforce investment.
She is member of several professional organizations and has served on numerous boards and committees including National Association of Tech Prep Leadership, Editing Board for Adjunct Info, National Council on Occupational Education, Association of Career and Technical Education and Society for Excellence in Business and Industry. She has been a presenter on technical education at many meetings and conferences and has been published several times in her 30-year career.
In addition to her work in technical education, Ms. Krump is very active in community and civic organizations. She is a past president of the Wahpeton Rotary Club and was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. She has served as co-chair and spokesperson for the Richland/Wilken County Stride for Life (American Cancer Society) and is a member of the American Legion auxiliary.
Betty Krump received an A.A. in 1979 and A.S. in 1987 from North Dakota State College of Science. She received a B.S. in Management from Moorhead State University in 1988 and a M.S. in Educational Administration from North Dakota State University in 2001. She has one daughter, Timmi, who recently received her Masters Degree in library and information science. Timmi Krump resides in Manassas, VA