FLATE Awards Ceremony and the Annual MAF Summit

The 2014 FLATE Award winners were recognized last week at the Annual Manufacturers Association of Florida Summit and Global Marketplace held in Destin, FL. Russ Henderlite, from Peterson Academy (Jacksonville), Aubri Hansen, Gulf Coast State College (Panama City) and Ken Jurgenmeyer, Heat Pipe Technologies and MiTEC (Tampa) we sleeked by the FLATE Industrial Advisory Committee Awards Committee.

FLATE Award process includes a 2-3 month nomination time window for anyone to nominate a deserving colleague working in manufacturing education. After then nominations close, FLATE staff sort the nominees into three categories; review individual nominations and applications and submit the nominee package to the Awards committee. The committee members individually reviews and score the nominees using a rubric the committee developed and has refined over the years. A short conference call is the venue for compiling the scores and final discussions and awardee selection. The committee selections are submitted to the FLATE leadership team, who contacts the winners.

Since the implementation of the Awards program in 2006, FLATE has improved the process moving award selection from the FLATE leadership team to our Advisory Committee, streamlining the required nominee documentations, and developing a standard rubric for scoring. FLATE would like to thank this year's Award Committee members: Tina Brudnicki of Baxter and Chairperson of FLATE's IAC; Marika Rogers of Lockheed Martin, and Mark Gaudio of Jaeger Education. “The MAF Summit provided a good venue for the FLATE awardees to network with each other and other Florida manufacturing stakeholders” said Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE.

Congratulations again to our 2014 FLATE Awardees who so strongly support manufacturing education and training in our state. We look forward to your nominations next summer for the 2015 FLATE Secondary Educator of the Year; 2015 FLATE Post-Secondary Educator of the Year, and the 2015 FLATE Distinguished Service to Manufacturing Education Award. You can learn more about the FLATE Awards on our website http://fl-ate.org/projects/awards.html.

List of Current & Past Award Recipients

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