Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE—the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education—was invited to join the mechatronics team of the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Labor TAACCCT “National STEM Consortium”. The consortium was formulated with an aim to build a STEM Bridge that feeds into a number of specialized curriculum areas. Barger has been invited by the mechatronics team at AACC to share her expertise in advanced manufacturing curriculum design and alignment of academic standards to industry credentials, and to help meet the team’s objectives. The one-year mechatronics college program will be aligned with a number of stackable industry certificates. Florida State College at Jacksonville) –one of the consortium partners—will work closely with FLATE to bring the mechatronics program into the engineering technology degree structure, and make it available to all colleges offering the statewide A.S. degree in Engineering Technology.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2010 estimate of 19 million persons and approximately 50% of the population is in the civilian labor force (9,000,000).
FloridaMakes and FLATE Announces Partnership with the Florida Department of Education to Promote Economic Opportunity Through Manufacturing Workforce Education.