FLATE Celebrates Florida’s Pioneering Women in Manufacturing

FLATE has a great set of manufacturing partners. This is evident to long time readers of the FLATE Focus
and we are proud to add one more data point to their accomplishments list. In 2012, NAM's (National Association of Manufactures) Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Deloitte and the University of Phoenix, initiated an annual recognition award to highlight, nationwide, women in manufacturing. The 2012 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) AHEAD award winners have been announced and Florida has done really, really well!!

The nominees for the “Women in Manufacturing” recognition award were solicited from manufacturers all across the United States with 122 women selected to be inaugural award recipients. Within this impressive group of women manufacturing professionals, there were 10 recipients from Florida. Women in Florida manufacturing operations received more awards than the total number of awardees from all the states in the southeast, including California and New York. FLATE actively supports efforts to increase the number of women in manufacturing, and we are working with the companies of these award winners to restructure technician education in Florida and increase the number of graduates within Florida's career academies and A.S. degree programs that impact the manufacturing workforce.

If you would like to partner with FLATE to empower women and girls to lead the way in becoming STEM and STEP stars contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE—a STEM trailblazer herself—at barger@fl-ate.org, or visit www.fl-ate.org, and www.madeinflorida.org. For more information on the Women in Manufacturing initiative visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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