Certificates of Completion for PD/CE hours available upon request for attendees.
FANUC: Aligning Skills Between Industry & Education
College of Central Florida - April 20 9AM - 2:30PM
Hear from industry experts about the challenges facing the manufacturing sector and the opportunities that funding and educational programs can offer employers, workers and students.

This event is open to K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, and employers. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. Educators from Florida Secondary and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions who attend the full day workshop and respond to a survey are eligible for a $100 stipend from FLATE.
Dr. Marilyn Barger Inducted to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
College of Fellows Class of 2023
Congratulations to Marilyn Barger who was inducted today to the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2023! College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education."
Celebrating the 50th State-wide Forum on
Engineering Technology
The 50th Forum on Engineering Technology (ET) was held on March 30th and 31st at Daytona State College (DSC) in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Forum was well attended with more than 75 representatives from 18 state and community colleges, 3 Florida Universities, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), technical education sales representatives, and local industry and workforce partners. 

FLATE works with the Forum to strengthen the consortium, share its administrative activities and projects, provide professional development, bring industry and academia together, and with the support of FDOE, engage in statewide curriculum reform. The ET Forum has become a true engineering technology community of practice and a model for other states to follow. Since 1996, the ET Forum has convened fifty times at over 24 different Florida colleges.

Save the date for the Fall 2023 ET Forum: September 28-29 at St. Johns River State College!
FLATE Outreach at April Student STEM Events
FLATE had the opportunity to participate in these outreach events in April to help create awareness about the multiple career paths available in STEM fields. This type of outreach event has proven to be an exceptional way to encourage students to explore future career opportunities and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. For more information about FLATE and its educational resources to inspire the next generation of hi-tech skilled workforce, visit FLATE.org and MadeinFLorida.org.
Skills USA Florida
April 10-13, 2023
SkillsUSA Florida is a nonprofit organization that provides career and technical education (CTE) students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce.

The 2023 Florida State Leadership and Skills Conference was held on April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville. Ernie Friend, Executive Director of FLATE, attended the event this year and met many young people with incredible workforce skills learned through the SkillsUSA process. 

Many engineering technology faculty and teachers were in attendance, guiding their students through the competition process, including Sam Ajlani, Ed Fry, and Dale Toney. Sam Ajlani, Program Director of Engineering Technology at the College of Central Florida, attended with two students for the Robotics Urban Search and Rescue competition.
2023 MECCA Expo
St. Petersburg College
April 4, 2023
Over 500 Pinellas County middle school and high school students attended the Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, and Architecture Expo at the Clearwater Campus to learn from multiple guest speakers and industry exhibits. Exhibits included fun and interactive demonstrations and free educational resources to help create awareness about the multiple career paths available in these fields.
Other Upcoming Events
2023 FLATE Summer Teacher Institute (Free)
June 12 - 16 - Register Now - Travel Covered
A week of hands-on training in emerging technologies for Secondary and Post-Secondary
Educators teaching manufacturing, engineering, and related courses. Topics include Measurements, Fusion 360 & 3D Printing, Elecrified Vehicles & Robotics. Also, field trips to two local manufacturers! Lunch will be provided each day. Travel including mileage and hotel will be covered for those travelling more than 50 miles.
2023 HTEC CNC Machining Educators Conference (Free)
June 8, 2023 - 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Suncoast Technical College, Sarasota
Early bird registration through May 31, 2023.
NCyTE Center Cyber Across Disciplines
2-day Workshop for Community College Educators
August 1-2 | Palos Hills, IL
For community/technical college faculty from both cyber and other fields, including Aerospace, Automotive, Marine and Geospatial Technologies, Business, Healthcare, and associated areas related to Autonomous Technologies (i.e., Automation, Manufacturing, etc.).  A travel stipend is available to eligible faculty traveling from outside the area of the event (greater than 60 miles) to assist with transportation costs.
News & Resources
Advanced Manufacturing Instructor Hiring Event
Valencia College - April 26
Nationally the critical shortage of instructors threatens the future of manufacturing training programs.
Do you know someone with industry knowledge and the desire to be an educator? Valencia College trains skilled technicians to enter into the manufacturing field and is looking for part-time instructors for our Accelerated Skills Training programs to join our team. There are vacancies at various locations across Osceola and Orange counties. Day and evening positions are available.

On-site interviews will be conducted during the hiring event at the Valencia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center 1099 Cross Prairie Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34744. RSVP to jobs@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-8033.
College of the Florida Keys
Hiring Full Time Faculty for Engineering Technology
The Faculty, Engineering Technology position is a full-time, 10-month Faculty position at the Key West Campus. Teaching assignments will include courses in the Engineering Technology program. Hours will vary according to class schedules. This position maintains a 37.5-hour week and reports to the Dean, Marine Science and Technology. In addition to the full-time position, they are also hiring adjunct instructors in Engineering Technology.
Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) Certification 
The Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) credential, focused on manufacturing robotics, provides a starting point for career pathways in robotics. The industry recognized RMF credential was developed by SME, with two leading organizations in the robotics education area: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and FIRST®. Candidates may pursue the RMF credential on their own, work with their local training provider or access Tooling U-SME resources to prepare for the exam. 
AmSkills Summer Workshops & Bootcamps
Pasco (July) & Pinellas (August)
The Discovery Workshop is designed to introduce the many career opportunities in the Manufacturing Industry. Attendees spend a half-day working on multiple hands-on projects including building the motor for a robot, laser cut their own keychain, work with and learn numerous tools, try out a job using virtual reality, and learn about hiring companies.

The 2-Week Bootcamp consists of:
  • Multiple Hands-On Projects
  • Blueprint and Precision Measurement
  • Intro to soldering, electrical & mechatronics
  • Tours of Local Manufacturers’
  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Employability Skills Assessment and Interview Coaching

All participants who successfully complete the 1-day Workshop or two-week Bootcamp will will be guaranteed interviews with multiple employers on the final day.
Eastern Florida State College
IPC Certification Courses - June and July 2023
IPC - the Association Connecting Electronics Industries - is the certification agency for many skills that are in high demand by technology companies in Brevard County. These consecutive one-week courses offered by EFSC are taught by IPC certified instructors and qualify the student to sit for the certification exams. The student also earns college credit toward an A.S. Degree.

For general details on EFSC courses that lead to IPC certifications, use the search field to search for “IPC” at https://www.easternflorida.edu/.
Opportunities for Educators
Non-Traditional Student Summit - June 7-8, 2023
St. Petersburg College Collab Lab
Free, Travel Costs Reimbursed
The Florida Department of Education Division of Career and Adult Education is pleased to announce a statewide 1-1/2 day summit dedicated to ensuring success for non-traditional students in CTE. The summit will provide an opportunity for district and college staff to discuss non-traditional student success, including barriers to success and solutions for overcoming them. 

The summit provides an excellent opportunity for your agency to address issues around one of the key Perkins special populations at no cost to you. Registration will be limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to register is May 12, 2023. There is no registration fee, and travel costs (to include hotel, travel by car, and meals) will be reimbursed at the state rate. Contact Bruce Harrington at bruce.harrington@fldoe.org or 850-245-0949 with questions. 
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize
$1.5 million cash prizes - Trade School Teachers/Programs
The 2023 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will award $1.5 million in cash prizes to 25 outstanding U.S. high school skilled trades teachers and their programs.   To apply, you must be a high school trade skills teacher in one of their categories and awards include 5 grand prize winners of $100,000 and 20 prize winners of $50,000. Click For Rules and Eligibility 
Applications DUE: May 5, 2023.
May 25 - July 13 - Online
A collaborative, interactive professional development opportunity dedicated to helping identify, assess and plan for success in your industry-education partnerships.

For educators, administrators, and evaluators looking to establish, maintain and assess industry partnerships.

Workshop details:
  • Workshop dates:  May 25 - July 13
  • Live Sessions (Zoom):  Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30pm Eastern 
  • Time requirement: approx 2-3 hours per week (90min live session, 1-2 hours online)
  • Online course site (Canvas): Resources, planning guides, cohort support, announcements, recordings, exercise submission.

Summer Camps
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) Robotics Camp - Ocala & Pensacola
IHMC’s 2023 Summer Robotics Camp will offer students the opportunity to learn about computer programming and robotics. Campers will work in teams to master Lego Mindstorms challenges. They will further develop their teamwork skills, their confidence in problem solving, and their creativity. Campers will hear short presentations about state-of-the-art research at IHMC, and they will have the opportunity to eat lunch with an IHMC research scientist, in small groups.

  • The Pensacola camp includes a tour of the IHMC robotics lab and the summer robotics camps will take place June 5 – 8 (for rising 8th graders) and June 12-15 (for rising 9th and 10th graders.)
  • In Ocala, the 2023 summer robotics camps will be offered June 26-29 (for rising 8th graders) and July 10-13 (for rising 9th and 10th graders.)
  • Financial assistance is available for qualifying families, due to the generosity of the camp sponsors.

Volunteer opportunities with credit towards Bright Futures scholarships are available for rising 11th and 12th graders.
This camp introduces middle and high school students to exciting career choices in manufacturing. Campers will receive a one-year student license for SolidWorks™ CAD software. The one-week camp runs 9 AM - 2 PM. Register here.
Sci Girls Summer Camp - July 24 - 28, 2023
National Magnet Lab, Tallahassee
Deadline Extended to April 22nd!
SciGirls Summer Camp is for campers (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) who want to work on hands-on science and engineering projects, meet female role models, and interact with scientists and engineers, all while learning about the MagLab and science across the world. Cost is $200 (Scholarships Available).

FLATE Resources
FLATE's Manufacturing Matters Dashboard
The new Manufacturing Matters FL dashboard is a tool to highlight manufacturing education, careers, industry, and their impact on Florida's economy.