Did You Know?

FLATE is part of the National Science Foundation's
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

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.

Our Guiding Principles



Our Vision Statement  


FLATE Summary   




Our Vision



FLATE will be Florida’s leading resource for education and training expertise, leadership, projects, and services to promote and support the workforce in the high performance production and manufacturing community.


FLATE, an NSF-ATE Regional Center for Advanced Technological Education, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida's manufacturing sectors.



GOAL 1. To ensure that FLATE’s mission is sustained.

GOAL 2. To implement a statewide unified education system for manufacturing that positions manufacturing education as a convergent curriculum that optimizes technician preparation in manufacturing and its enabling technologies.

GOAL 3. To provide an effective outreach platform for Florida's high school, community college, industry, and legislature to access information related to the requirements for and impact of manufacturing education

GOAL 4. To present professional development opportunities for technical faculty to develop, refine or certify their knowledge base within manufacturing and/or its related enabling technologies and educational pedagogies.


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