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FLATE's administrative core is a partnership between St.Petersburg College, the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College. The Center is housed at Hillsborough Community College on its Brandon Campus under the leadership of Campus President, Dr. Carlos Soto. It occupies 1500 square feet of office space and shares the laboratory resources of the manufacturing/engineering technology program.

 

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FLATE Chronology

 

The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) began with ideas that grew from collaborations with industry and college partners over ten years ago. The table below highlights some milestones.

1995

January

USF College of Engineering develops total technician training program for Lucent Technologies

1997

June   

 Lucent, FL High Tech Council, USF College Engineering begin to develop Tech 4 Education Consortium

1999

June

NSF-ATE $1,000,000 award to Tech-4 Educational Consortium grant for “Tech-4 Electronic Workforce Development System” includes HCC and USF in Co-PI's

2001

January

FL-ATE begins its monthly meetings with its identified stakeholders

April

HCC, SPC and USF submit a pre-proposal for an NSF-ATE Regional Center

December

FL-ATE leadership meet with Florida Department of Education Vice Chancellor, Nancy Cordill, to alignment Career and Tech A.S. programs with industry needs

2002

April

NSF-ATE awards HCC $70,000 planning grant for Manufacturing Ed. Center

October

NSF-ATE awards USF College Engineering and HCC $500,000 High School Technology Initiative grant

November

HCC awarded $100,000 from the FL High Tech Corridor Council for highly automated training equipment and training

2003

February

FL-ATE website (www.fl-ate.org) launched

March

FL-ATE co-sponsors Bay Area Manufacturing Association first annual manufacturer’s conference

May

HCC hosts Academic-Industry Briefing and Workshop for Florida Community Colleges with programs in manufacturing and related technologies

October

SPC hosts FL-ATE reception to reinforce the benefits of the center for Tampa Bay manufacturers

2004

July

NSF-ATE awards $2,700,000 for statewide Manufacturing Ed. Center (FLATE)

August

FLATE’s, Principal Investigator and Executive Director, Dr. Marilyn Barger, named Motorola Educator of the Year

2005

June   

 FL-ATE submit proposal to Workforce Florida for creation of the Banner Center for Manufacturing at HCC Brandon Campus

December

FL-ATE primers “Made in Florida” video at Manufacturing Association of Florida Annual Summit

2006

June

Workforce Florida Inc. awards Banner Center for Manufacturing to FLATE at HCC- Brandon.

August

FL-ATE reviews its draft Curriculum Frameworks developed for A.S. Engineering Technology Degree with MSSC Certification pathway together with the FLDOE leadership

2007

March

Florida Department Education approves FLATE designed A.S. Engineering Technology Degree Frameworks with its MSSC Certificate for college credit

August

3 State Colleges implement A.S. Engineering Technology Degree programs

December

Florida Department Ed. approves MSSC Industry Certification as the first Statewide Articulation Agreement for College credit using Industry Certification (MSSC)

2008

June

NSF-ATE awards additional $2,700,000 to continue and expand FLATE operations

July

FLATE develops and offers its first independent student summer robotics camp

August

NSF-ATE awards $118,000 to coordinate joint ATE Centers dissemination activities

2009

January FLATE hosts first Manufacturing Stakeholders Summit

July

FLATE (Dr. Barger, PI & Executive Director) invited to be a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Education Council

2010

January   

FLATE publishes Release 2 of “Made in Florida” video

February

FLATE invited to testify with FESC to the Private College and Public University Policy Committee of the Florida House of Representatives

May

Tenth Florida State College System college adopts A.S. Engineering Technology Degree program

May

FLATE invited by NSF to submit a second renewal proposal.

July

FLATE’s summer robotics camp program adds 2 all girl and 3 remote site sessions

July

FLATE receives the HiTEC “Innovative Program” Award

August

NSF-ATE awards $176,000 to continue joint ATE Centers dissemination activities.

August

NSF-ATE awards $99,000 for pilot project with Tknika, a Spanish government technical training institute for faculty in San Sebastian, Spain

November

FLATE awarded Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) Occupational & Workforce Commission Exemplary Practice Award for its "Unified Statewide Approach to Meet the Needs of Florida’s Hi-Tech Industry”

November

SPC awarded the Florida Department of Education Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for its implementation of the FLATE Engineering Technology degree

November FLATE develops a tool for program enrollment data validation for FLDOE

December

FLATE launches new “Made in Florida” website (www.madeinflorida.org)

2011

June FLATE awarded STEMflorida 2011 Best Practice for Integrating Needs of STEM-Enabled Programs into Engaging Curriculum and Educational Outreach Resources
June FLATE hosts its first Energy summer camps for students in partnership with FESC
June FLATE recognized for proactively meeting a US Department of Labor call to action for granting college credit for short-term workforce training
June FLATE hosts its first Engineering Technology Summer Institute
August FLATE partners with Junior Achievement for high school summer robotics camp
September FLATE Executive Director identified by NAM as an expert for peer-to-peer leadership model for integrating MSSC standards
September FLATE creates first annual statewide college/energy workshop with FESC
October FLATE named finalist for 8th Annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards
October FLATE awarded 2 Best Practices Awards from NCPN for curriculum content
October FLATE submits renewal proposal for continued NSF-ATE support
November FLATE presents its 5th annual awards at 8th annual Florida Manufacturing Summit
December FLATE validates ET Core course alignment to MSSC standards using student testing and defining common student outcomes

2012

Feb

FLATE receives Communicator Award for "Made in Florida" video

Mar Epsilon Pi Tau inducts Dr. Marilyn Barger for excellence in Technological Education
Apr SCF opens its new ET labs in Venice Florida
May

IHMC partners with FLATE to offer summer robotics camps in Ocala

May

8 ET students from 4 different colleges complete 3 week training in FLATE's Iberian Partnership for Technician Excellence program in the Basque Country, Spain.

Jul

Brad Jenkins recognized as HiTEC Educator of the Year

Jul FLATE completes $240,000 equipment upgrades to A.S. E.T. college laboratories
Aug

NSF funds 2 FL ATE projects ($1.1M) to expand ET degree efforts in Florida

Aug

SPC opens it $1.1M Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies (CCET) in support of ETt

Sept BCC expands ET degree to Cocoa campus
Sept

FLATE recognized for its supporting workforce curriculum role in HCC's recognition for its overall sustainability commitment with the first Green Genome Award from AACC SEED

Sept NSF awards HCC unprecedented 3rd round of full center funding for FLATE
Sept DOL recognizes FLATE's foundational role for the $15M Florida TRADE Manufacturing grant
Nov FL Career Pathways Network honors FLATE with 2 leadership Best Practices; “For Providing pathways to manufacturing careers”; “For seeding partnerships with “Made in Florida” Industry Tours”
Dec 14th Florida College adopts the A.S.ET Degree

2013

February NSF releases a new Science Nation video spotlighting FLATE and the ET program
March FLATE hosts its first open house for National Robotics Week
May FLATE awarded $460,000 for ATE dissemination and outreach activities
June Dr. Barger reappointed to MSSC National Panel of Experts and Certification
June The League for Innovation in the Community College presents FLATE with an Innovation of the Year Award for Teaching and Learning (for the ET Degree)
June Florida ET Colleges are named as charter members by the National Association of Manufacturers “M-List”
June Mike Ennis (FLATE NVC member) awarded HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award
August Best Practice Award to FLATE FOCUS Newsletter for ePublishing
September Business/Education Partnership Award from the School District of Manatee County
October FLATE coordinates statewide MFG DAY tours for over 2,300 students
October Gov. Rick Scott recognizes FLATE’s leadership in MFG DAY proclamation
October FL Career Pathways Network recognizes FLATE with a Best Practice Award: for outstanding dedication and leadership in support of Florida’s Career Pathways Initiatives: Enabling Technical Educators through Professional Development.
October Gulf Coast State College opens Advanced Technology Center with new ET laboratories
November Statewide ET Degree student enrollment exceeds 1,000

 

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