2016 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

Patty Nation
Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement


ACTE sat down with Patty after the Awards Banquet at CareerTech VISION 2015.

As the Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement at Xilinx, Patty Nation has led the company’s vision to help transform science and technology education in the 21st Century through the Xilinx Educational Ecosystem (EE?). The EE? is an integrated, articulated grant process that supports linked learning and career pathways focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The model provides over $500,000 dollars in grants to local school districts to support STEM programming, and relies on dedicated partnerships between educators, community leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations to identify and address education and workforce needs. “The pioneering efforts of the Xilinx Educational Ecosystem are poised to play a major role in solving this shortage of a ‘homegrown’ STEM CTE workforce,” says Donna Hope, Principal of Campbell Union High School District in San Jose, California.

Nation has been instrumental in driving Xilinx’s involvement with CTE, whether that is by leading in the development and launch of the EE? model or supporting the social and emotional needs of students in her community through mentorship programs. Nation has also demonstrated a long-standing commitment to building STEM education for students – she successfully leveraged $250,000 to bring the Project Lead The Way program to three community schools, and to extend the program from two to four years. Furthermore, in 2014 she worked in partnership with local schools to host the first Xilinx-sponsored STEM academy, for which a team of Xilinx engineers and teachers spent a week teaching middle school students basic STEM fundamentals and CTE Engineering Standards. The EE? in San Jose has fostered unprecedented levels of collaboration between elementary, middle, and high schools across three districts, and the successful model now impacts more than 8,200 students at Xilinx divisions in Colorado, Singapore, India and Ireland. As these and other stories exemplify, Nation has continuously advocated for and supported CTE in her community throughout her career and used her business background to help make her vision a reality.

Learn more about the Xilinx Educational Ecosystem in this documentary. 

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