education focusing on three key areas: Engaging Faculty; Outreach and Recruitment of Manufacturers and Students; and Manufacturing programs. “I was inspired to enter the competition because what has been accomplished to build a bridge among our college’s faculty, adjunct instructors and staff to develop a foundation for our Manufacturing program was a good example for other colleges” said Naisy Dolar, GCSC Florida Trade Program Coordinator. “Having a successful program that develops strong partnerships with area manufacturers allows PHSC to have a better understanding of manufacturers’ training needs and streamline programs for gainful employment” said Margaret Burnham, project manager for the Florida Trade Grant at PHSC.
representatives from local manufacturing industry, several Polk County high schools, career centers and agencies involved in economic and workforce development and the college itself. “This model lets us look at the country as a whole and ensure our programs are preparing students at all levels for careers in engineering and manufacturing, and that we’re meeting industry needs” said Eric Roe, director of applied technology at the College.
manufacturers and students. PHSC’s strategy focused on a “relaxed and information setting to learn and share information about manufacturing.” GCSC’s presentation highlighted its partnership with industry and educators that have promoted sustainability. “We started from a fairly blank slate and together we have been putting pieces together, getting the gears moving until finally we are producing” said Dolar.
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).