From the Executive Director’s Desk: Synopsis of News & Events from Engineering Technology College Partners

It's pumpkin and Halloween season with students and faculty well into the rhythm of another school year. It's also a good time to share some news from our 19 ET College partners. This update/synopsis is based on information presented at the Engineering Technology Forum (ET Forum) hosted by Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology Center on September 22-23.

A common theme among the colleges was the good news that most ET enrollments are up,

despite many colleges reporting that overall college enrollment is down. The new programs at Pasco-Hernando, Palm Beach and Lake Sumter Colleges all report strong growth as they start their second year of ET classes. Mature programs at Hillsborough, St Petersburg College, Florida Gateway, Polk, Broward, Central Florida, Eastern Florida and Jacksonville also all report solid enrollment growth. Daytona State started it’s A.S. program just this fall offering the Digital Design and Modeling and Electronics specializations with good first semester enrollment.

Ted Norman, State Supervisor for the Manufacturing cluster reported on the status of the current, 2016, ET Curriculum framework review. He also requested help with outstanding review items. He related important information about changes in the Automation and Production Technology high school and PSAV programs that included; a new name and CIP number in 2018 (Advanced Manufacturing Technology); significant alterations to reflect modern industry needs, and guidelines for the annual presentation sequence of important topics.

Additional good news came from the ET Forum round up session about new faculty. Colleges
are appointing new full time faculty. This includes Sherri Dobbins and Ron Smith, both at HCC; Henry Cabot at Polk State; Jessica Jones at TCC, and recently hired to start a new program at North Florida Community College in January, Jorge Monreal. HCC, Polk, and TCC, joining the ranks of Eastern Florida and Jacksonville, now each have two full-time ET faculty. This is great news for the E.T. degree program. Congratulations to all and good luck to the five additional colleges who will be recruiting new faculty this year. We will share news about their programs and specializations with you later this fall.

One exciting adventure this fall is the fact that many colleges have ventured into offering hybrid and non-traditionally scheduled classes. Several colleges have added online sections of their courses, others have added optional home lab kits that the students either purchase or check out for a semester. Margi Lee reported that this "check-a-kit" process is working great for her rural students in the Lake City area. She is now running most of her program using this augmented learning process.

So what are the bottom line items for the colleges in the Florida College System that offer the
E.T. degree? The programs are growing, everyone reports strong industry partnerships and high industry satisfaction with graduates and training and the Florida Department of Education is developing improved high school program interactions with college A.S. programs. One final tidbit of great news. Additional resources are important but hard to come by. However, 2016 brought NSF ATE funding to North Florida, Lake Sumter, Seminole, and Florida Keys Colleges to support their new Engineering Technology degrees. A few colleges also have been awarded Department of Labor grants that will support manufacturing. Congratulations to these FLATE partners!

Don't forget to check out the other parts of this month's FLATE Focus which is heavily focused on ongoing Manufacturing Month activities which just kick started on October 7. The sTEm-at-Work Puzzle provides an opportunity for you to keep up with the concept of "lead" and "lag". Send us your thoughts and comments at You can also jot down your thoughts on our social networking platforms on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @Made_InFlorida #FLMFGMonth16 and #MFGday16.

Florida Manufacturers Brace for Statewide Industry Tours & Events for Manufacturing Month

October 7 marked the official kick off for Manufacturing Day/Month. Here in Florida,
manufacturers across the state are hosting a number of events targeted to put a spotlight on Florida’s diverse manufacturing sectors. Counties and cities across Florida issued proclamations marking October as MFG Month. Hundreds of students and educators from schools across Florida are set to participate in industry tours geared to showcase products that are “Made in Florida” as well as get an up-close look at opportunities for high-skilled, high-wage careers offered through Florida’s approximately 19,000 manufacturing companies.

Outlined below are a snapshot of some regional tours and events. A full listing of events, including survey data from MFG Day/Month tours will be highlighted in the November and December editions of the FLATE Focus. So stay tuned!

Industry Tours
Contact Information

Hillsborough County
Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Pro-Tools, EMS, SignStar, Chromalloy, Measurement Supply, Tampa Bay Steel, Lockheed Martin

Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Rick Concotelli,  
Becky Burton,

Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association (UTBMA)

School District of Hillsborough County
Lauren Walden,  

Marilyn Barger,
Janice Mukhia,
Jesse Kokotek,

Central Florida (Orange, Brevard, Seminole, Lake, Osceola counties)

Rowe Manufacturing, Mercury Marine, Regal Marine, Nautique Boat Company, .decimal, Custom Metal Designs, Ashalnd Technologies, Inc., Victory Tailgate, Knights Armament, Vac-Tron, Metal Essence, Inc., Central Florida Box, Mitsubishi Hitachi

Manufacturers Association of Central Florida
Sherry Reeves, Amanda Markusky,

Orange County Public Schools
Kenneth Bush,

Brevard County Schools
Dennis Solobesky.

Lake County Schools
Adam Sumner,

Osceola County Schools
Timothy Burdette,

Mid-Florida (Marion, Levy, Citrus, Sumter counties) 

Golden Flake, Winco, Cardinal Glass, Townley, Hale, E-One, SPX, Admiral Furniture, Closet Maid, ABCO Transport, Krausz, A & N (Levy), VacTron, Kmart Distributions, College of Central Florida, City of Ocala Utilities

Marion Schools
Sara Lefils,

Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association
Rob Adamaik,

Northwest Florida  (Escambia, City of Pensacola, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty County Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties)

American Elite Molding (Bay State Cable Ties), Ascend, GE, Gulf Power, Eastman, Ft Walton Machining, MERRICK, Rex Lumber (Bristol), CEREX, Maritech, West Point, Certified Manufacturing, Gelato, DRS, Strand Core
Career Fairs:
Escambia-Santa Rosa, Bay County, Okaloosa-Walton, Chipola)

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council
Cindy Anderson,

Pasco & Hernando Counties

AdamsArms, Amskills (Marchman), Bay-Tech Industries, Pharmaworks, SeaWay Plastics, Oldcastle Coastal, Clark Dietrich, Nestle Waters, Manitowac Food

Alumi-Guard, West Coast Classic, Cemex, Accuform, Flagstone Pavers, Amskills, Qorvo, ICTC, Intrepid, Sparton, Artix, Florida National Guard

Florida TRADE at Pasco Hernando State College
Margie Burnham,
Jessica Ball,

Jady Vargas,

Pinellas County
Lockheed Martin, MasterCut, Bausch & Lomb, American Tool & Mold, Conmed, Sign-Age, H&S Swansons, Honeywell, Molex, Hydrodyne

Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Becky Burton

Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association

Pinellas Schools
Greg Taylor,
Marti Giancola,
Bob Hawkins,

Marilyn Barger,
Janice Mukhia,
Jesse Kokotek,

Polk County

JC Machine, PCA-Packaging Corp.of  America, Kegel, Inc, Rockford-Ettco Procunier, Coca-Cola, Givaudan Flavors Corp, Pepperidge Farm, MaxPak, ITW Professional

Career Pathways at Polk State College
Christopher Yannes,
Howard Drake,

Sarasota-Manatee Counties
SunHydraulics, KHS USA INC, Cavanaugh Company -  Black Diamond Strings, PGT Industries, ASO LLC, Manatee Technical College

Peter Straw

Sarasota County Schools Career & Technical Education
Martha Proulx

Manatee County Schools
Carol Lewis, 

Manatee County Schools
Danielly Orozco,

South Florida
Hoerbiger Corporation, Atlantic Technical College: ACR Electronics

David Gonzalez, 

Atlantic Technical Center

SouthWest Florida
S4J Manufacturing, I Love Oils, Trilogy Laboratories, The Smart Companies, Mermaid Manufacturing

Peter Bagwell,

Max Dean.

Goodwill Industries

Lee Schools,
Chelsea Gamache,

For a listing of 2016 Florida’s Manufacturing Day news and events, visit the Florida Manufacturing Day page at, or contact your local Regional Manufacturers Association. In addition, many of Florida’s events are also listed on the national MFG Day website here; you can also visit the Manufacturing Day in Florida website at Manufacturers and others will be sharing news about manufacturing month using the hashtags #MFGDay16 and #FLMfgMonth16. For information on other national manufacturing day events and tours visit, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at