News & Updates
My STEM Career Journey
FLATE is kickstarting a new series featuring industry professionals, educators, and students about their experiences and journeys as they pursued STEM-focused careers. In this month’s edition of How I Started My STEM Career, Peter Cirak, a leading advocate for STEM and manufacturing in Florida, outlines the nuts and bolts of serving as a judge for the Florida Technology Student Association competitions.
ET Forum Industry Panel Examines the Significance of Industrial Advisory Boards in Industry-Education Partnership
The Spring ET Forum was held in two virtual sessions and provided an opportunity for industries and educators across the state to meet each year to discuss common interests and issues surrounding the education of tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workforce. Learn how the Forum highlighted industry/college best practices and the effect of Advisory Committees/Boards on industry and education partnerships. 
Engineering Technology at St. Johns River State College
In 2017, St. Johns River State College secured a $1.38 million grant from the Florida DEO to establish an Engineering Technology program. With resources from local business associations, employers such as Georgia-Pacific, FLATE and regional educators, the multi-year funding supported the hiring of personnel and purchase of equipment. Learn how the grant helped create a stronger workforce and developed apprenticeship program partnerships.
MSSC Launches Master Training Center Pilots
To increase the number of qualified instructors to teach the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) new hands-on Certified Production Technician Plus (CPT+) option using "Skill Boss Manufacturing", MSSC has begun piloting 1-2 Master Training Centers. MSSC selects these schools against rigorous criteria. 2-3 Master Trainers at each MSSC Master Training Center pilot site receive training to become Master Trainers at the site. 
Thereafter, the Master Training Center will offer CPT+ Skill Boss instructor training to candidate instructors from any organization starting this spring through early summer. These Master Training Centers will ultimately serve students seeking the hands-on CPT+ Skill Boss credentials from schools that lack Skill Boss devices and Skill Boss-trained Instructors. 
The focus of these Master Training Centers is hands-on CPT+ Skill Boss Instructor Training. The traditional CPT program will continue as before, with regular CPT instructor training available online. Plans for a Master Training Center in Florida are underway. For more information, contact the D.C. Jaeger Corporation, Florida’s MSSC representative.
Upcoming Events
Learn about emerging technologies that should be included in 2-year manufacturing technician programs. Industry experts will present the technical side of emerging Industry 4.0 technologies and provide techniques and tools for technician educators to use in their classrooms.
Session 3Exploring Occupational Safety and Health Administration for Manufacturing 
Friday, April 23, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Key Takeaways: 
  • Online resources for emerging Industry 4.0 technologies  
  • Basics of occupational safety and health 
  • Available training and tools  
  • Improve safety, compliance and risk management initiatives
The 2021 FLATE Manufacturing Education Awards will be celebrated during the Talent Development Segment of the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit, taking place on July 27 and 28. Announcement for this event is below.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

In their 14th year, the Awards are geared to recognize secondary and post-secondary educators, and industry professionals for their outstanding contributions to promote and support technology education and careers awareness in manufacturing.

Your financial contribution will help cover the costs for the Awards ceremony, the winners' trophies, as well as their participation in the Florida Association for Career & Technical Education Annual Conference (FACTE) and the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit.
For more information about the Awards click here.
Register for the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit
Join FLATE at the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit for important discussions on the future of manufacturing in Florida! Hosted in partnership with Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, Inc, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber, and FloridaMakes, the Summit will help build a roadmap to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of the manufacturing sector.
Early bird discount until May 15, use promo code: EARLYBIRD
September 30 - October 1, 2021, at Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa Campus (tentatively)
FANUC Handling Tool Operations and Programming Training Course
This course covers the tasks that an operator, technician, engineer, programmer or instructor would need to be familiar with in order to set up, record and/or troubleshoot programs on a FANUC Robotics HandlingTool Software package.

May 24 - 27, 2021
National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA) 4th Annual Virtual Symposium
Explore new emerging technologies that can be incorporated into your programs at the NCSCA 4th Annual Virtual Symposium.
FACTE 55th Annual Conference & Trade Show
Join FLATE at the 2021 Florida Association for Career and Technical Education-FACTE 55th Annual Conference and Trade Show, hosted at the SeaWorld Renaissance in Orlando, Florida, on July 19 - 21.
HI-TEC (High Impact Technology Exchange) Virtual Conference
“Hire A Graduate!” Program
PathTech LISTEN studies school-to-work pathways, and to support this focus, we have a new industry outreach initiative to facilitate connections between technician programs and employers. Colleges interested in participating in our “Hire A Graduate!” program, please fill out the survey below.
CA2VES Coordination Network Innovation Award
Nominate a talented colleague or student for the CA2VES Coordination Network Innovation Award for AR/VR or AI for creative uses in advanced technology programs.
Seeking STEM Subject Matter Experts
The NSF ATE “Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work” project is hiring Subject Matter Experts (SME) to boost their collection of Instructional Cards. The cards will cover 43 cross-cutting skills that the project advisors have identified as essential for STEM technicians to learn in the next decade. The project is looking for SME faculty from community college technical programs including: Advanced Manufacturing, Agricultural & Environmental, Biological & Chemical, Data Science, Engineering, Information & Security, and Micro & Nanotechnologies. For more information, contact Ann-Claire Anderson.
Welding Professional Development Workshops
Seven five-day summer Welding Professional Development Workshops on various welding topics are now open for registration for secondary and post-secondary welding educators across the country. Weld-Ed, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Resource Center offers many workshops each summer for educators.
Network News
Florida Legislature Creates a Manufacturing and
Supply Chain Caucus
Florida Sen. Tom Wright and Rep. Tommy Gregory announced this month they will Co-Chair the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Caucus. The caucus will focus on bringing awareness to the educational, societal and economic benefits of our Florida manufacturers. It will also serve as a resource for members of the Legislature interested in supporting manufacturing.
FloridaMakes’ IMT Apprenticeship Awarded Florida DOE Grant Strengthening Florida’s Manufacturing Workforce
FloridaMakes’ IMT program was awarded funding from the Florida Department of Education’s Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities program to expand and increase awareness of the IMT Apprenticeship program throughout the state. FloridaMakes will also work closely with CareerSource Florida regional Workforce Boards in Central Florida, Broward, Flagler/Volusia counties as well as rural counties to help aide an employer to cover the costs of enrolling an apprentice into the IMT program.
New Manufacturing Training Program Launched!
The Technician Boot Camp is a new hands-on training program designed specifically for the requirements of the Space Coast manufacturing industry. Led by FloridaMakes and the Space Coast EDC, it was the result of collaboration with educators, manufacturers and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center. The 32-week intensive training course will begin this fall at Eastern Florida State College.
SME Introduces Certified Manufacturing Associate Certification
SME announces a new certification (Certified Manufacturing Associate) to prepare workers for entry-level manufacturing jobs.
How Ford, Bosch are Using Virtual Reality to Train Technicians on All-Electric Mustang Mach-E
Technicians soon will be trained how to service and maintain the all-electric Mustang Mach-E without need to access a physical model – thanks to a new virtual reality (VR) training tool from Ford and Bosch.
Spring 2021 ET Forum Presentation Assets
Spring 2021 ET Forum Presentations, Recording, Flyers, and Links, are available.
Course Hero
Course Hero is an online learning platform of course-specific study resources for students and resources for faculty and teachers.
Simulations for Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Technicians
Excelsior and Polk State Colleges: Simulations for Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Technicians (funded by NSF ATE) available online or you can contact Mori Toosi at Polk State College.
Electrical, Electronics and Electro-Mechanical Online Lectures
Jim Pytel has updated his large collection of excellent Electrical, Electronics and Electro-Mechanical online lectures and are available FREE on the Big Bad Tech YouTube channel.
SPC’s Biomedical Engineering Technology Program Content now Available
SPC’s Biomedical Engineering Technology program content is now available for FREE.

Also, for more resources, check out the program’s YouTube Channel with resources that support ET programs in electronics, medical device testing, medical device repair, and computer repair. This project funded by the NSF ATE.