Alabama Technology Network (ATN) formed in 1987 with the development of five "Centers of Excellence." Its purpose was to address the existing and future workforce in the state to improve economic growth. By 1996, ATN became well established, and additional locations were developed across the state, making ATN's resources easily accessible.
In the same year, ATN was recognized as the Alabama center for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). MEP centers provide manufacturers with access to resources they need to succeed by working with them to develop new products and customers, expand and diversify markets, adopt new technology, and enhance value within supply chains. There is only one MEP center per state, totaling 51 centers nationally, including Puerto Rico. ATN continues to represent Alabama as an official MEP center and continues to be a top-performing center.
In 2004, ATN became an entity of the Alabama Community College System and today is located across the state of Alabama, serving all 67 counties. ATN has kept the primary mission of supporting industry by providing customized workplace training, innovative technical assistance, and engineering services. ATN continually tailors and upgrades material and equipment to provide the best practices for its clients. ATN focuses on working as a network, with our staff organized into specialized subject matter teams to help increase the productivity and profitability for Alabama manufacturers.
ATN received it’s ISO 9001 certification in 2008.