the classroom this Fall. We have many FLATERS in house who are currently enrolled in school and working part and/or full time. Natasha Crissien, FLATE project assistant is pursuing an A.S degree in business administration and management. She is currently working full-time at T-Mobile as a bi-lingual financial care specialist, and also enrolled as a part-time student at Hillsborough Community College. Natasha who was previously working with T-Mobile returned to FLATE, after a brief hiatus earlier this year. Her expected graduation date is Spring 2016 after which she plans to transfer to the University of South Florida where she will be pursuing a Bachelors degree in Finance with a minor in management. Besides assisting staff in creating and designing graphics for FLATE collaterals, Natasha plays a leading role in coordinating the joint exhibits for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers. Working with FLATE is not only building her real-world professional skills, but as she says helps her focus on her classes and dedicate time to her family as well.
demeanor is also his strength as he seamlessly wears many hats, assisting FLATE staff in their day-to-day projects. Pedro is currently enrolled full-time at HCC and is working on completing an A.S. degree in computer information systems/general networking. Upon graduation in 2015 he hopes to work full-time, and we are confident he will excel in his professional career.
Lourdes is currently taking six credits while interning at the Hillsborough District Sherriff Department where she works for 10 hours. Her expected graduation date is May 2015 upon which she plans to pursue a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Outside her educational and professional aspirations, Lourdes is also the founder and CEO of Helpland Solutions, a nonprofit organization committed to helping the “poorest of the poor” in Haiti. She founded the organization shortly after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010. Lourdes is also a frontrunner at her church leading several church-led initiatives. You can read about her by revisiting an archived article of the August edition of the FLATE Focus.
development opportunities for educators on a statewide level, and coordinating STEM and robotics-based outreach activities for students as well. Since joining the FLATE team last year as outreach manager, Desh has been an all-round star. She is a full-time mother of five, a profound STEM and robotics enthusiast and the owner and CEO of Techplayzone which offers STEM based programs in the Tampa bay region.
related projects. Danielly’s background includes an educational degree and professional work experience in Colombia where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She also has a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Adding to her educational credentials, Danielly has currently taken the challenge to prepare for the eight hours professional engineering exam to become a certified engineer in Florida. She has embarked on the preparation process by combining daily study hours with physical exercise. She hopes to be ready by April 2015. We wish her well and have full confidence she will pass the exam through sheer dedication and perseverance which she displays continually in her everyday role as the curriculum coordinator for FLATE. Outside her educational aspirations, Danielly is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can be found hiking the Grand Canyon, or checking out off-the-beaten-path trails in Colombia.
not going to school this semester, she is still in the classroom. This HCC alumnus teaches one section of her favorite HCC class, Public Speaking, each Fall and Spring semester. In fact, FLATE staff member, Lourdes Fleurima was enrolled in Dr. Boyette’s Public Speaking class in 2013. Dr. Boyette has been teaching at HCC for approximately six years. “Working with students allows me to keep in touch with ways in which students interact with an increasingly high tech world,” she says, “ I have learned so much about so many diverse topics in this class, and, I get to keep in touch HCC students.”