Send in Your Nominations for the 2017 FLATE Awards

FLATE and the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE) are working together to coordinate the 2017 FLATE Awards and recognition program. The FLATE Awards are geared to recognize secondary and post-secondary educators, and industry professionals for their outstanding contributions to promote and support technology education and career awareness in manufacturing. Awardees are recognized under three separate categories and include individuals in many manufacturing areas including economic development, industry, education and administration.

FLATE award winners are selected from nominations submitted from across the state. Nominees are judged by an Awards Committee made up of industry representatives from FLATE’s Industrial Advisory Committee and FACTE. The Awards Committee reserves the right to select award recipients that do not meet FACTE’s membership requirements.

2017 Awards:
FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award
FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award
FLATE Distinguished Partner Manufacturing Service Award

2017 Awards Timeline:
April 15 – Online Nomination form I closes. (Completed by nominators.)
May 1 – Online Nomination form II closes. (Completed by nominees.)
May 31 – Award selections are made by FLATE IAC-FACTE award Committee.
June 5 – Award recipients and principal nominators are notified of their selection.
July 17-19 – Awards presented during The 51st Annual FACTE Conference & Trade Show.

Past winners of the FLATE Awards include:
  • Mike Ennis, of Harris Corporation, won FLATE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
  • Aubri Hanson, Assistant Professor of Technology at GCSC, won Post-Secondary Educator of the Year in 2014.
  • Elizabeth Simpson, Lead Teacher of Magnet Programs at Middleton High School, won Manufacturing Secondary Educator of the Year in 2016.
  • Kevin Finan, Machining Instructor at Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School in Coconut Creek, won Post-Secondary Educator of the Year in 2016.

For more information about FLATE Awards criteria visit the 2017 FLATE Awards webpage or FACTE’S award page, or contact Jesse Kokotek, Curriculum Coordinator for FLATE, at, or Marilyn Barger, Executive Director of FLATE, at

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