Congratulations to Brad Jenkins, co PI of FLATE and program director for engineering technology at St. Petersburg College for being selected as the HI-TEC Educator of the year. Jenkins will be honored in July during the awards luncheon at the HI-TEC conference in Denver, CO. We look forward to honoring Jenkins’ many contributions to engineering technology education over many years, in Florida and across the country.
Special kudos to Dr. Edward Niespodziany for over 20 years of service to the engineering technology education community in Florida. Niespodziany is the program manager and the principal faculty member for engineering technology at College of Central Florida. He was also the recipient of the FLATE, manufacturing post-secondary educator-of-the-year award in 2008.
Congratulations to Emilio Sanchez and Burton Bellamy for earning their A.S. degree in engineering technology at Hillsborough Community College. Emilio and Burton both graduated in May 2012, and have secured jobs and new assignments. Look out for full updates on Emilio and Burton and their career/educational pathway in the next edition of the FLATE Focus.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).
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FloridaMakes and FLATE Announces Partnership with the Florida Department of Education to Promote Economic Opportunity Through Manufacturing Workforce Education.