Association of Florida Colleges: Building the Future Through A Qualified Workforce
opportunity to learn from one another through professional development workshops, general themed meetings, commission business meetings, and best practice presentations for all commissions. FLATE has been active in the Occupational and Workforce Education Commission since 2010, and has been awarded a Best Practice, Synergy in the Sunshine State, for its collaborative partnership in designing, promoting, and supporting the Engineering Technology (ET) A.S. degree program. The ET program has now been adopted by 14 of Florida’s 28 state and community colleges. AFC joint commission conferences such as the May 16-17, 2013 annual spring conference, hosted by State College of Florida, Sarasota (Lakewood Ranch) and the AFC Technology Commission offered as its theme the promise and challenge of Building for the Future. FLATE was pleased to present a workshop at this conference: Supplying Florida’s Ready-to-Workforce.
FLATE’s ET program as an exemplar. The ET A.S. degree program packages stackable industry certifications, prepares students to enter the workforce, and applies successful completion of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) toward 15 credits of the ET A.S. degree for students successfully achieving the CPT. This combination provides both knowledge and credentials, and supports the technology-focused and high growth potential of advanced manufacturing. This nationally recognized certification allows students to prove that they have the skills and knowledge required for a good job in the high-tech workforce. The certification covers four areas manufacturers say they are looking for in employees: quality, safety, production processes, and maintenance awareness.