In Focus from the Executive Director's Desk: The 2016 FLATE Awards

November is usually that time of the year when we recognize educators and industry partners
who have made a difference in manufacturing and engineering technology education and training. Are you wondering when the 2015 FLATE educator and education partner awardees will be announced? The process for the FLATE Awards are still in effect; however this year we have changed it up a bit, not only in terms of the categories for the awards, but even the awards timeline. Unfortunately, there won’t be any in 2015.  However, all three awards will be back in summer of 2016.   

FLATE has been working closely with the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE) to migrate the FLATE manufacturing educator and industry awards to the new and permanent home for the FLATE awards.  Our three awards will be added to FACTE’s portfolio of awards, all recognizing excellence in career and technical education in Florida. We have developed a transition plan, which is now in the early implementation stage. 

  • The FLATE awards will still be the FLATE Manufacturing Education Awards, but housed in the FACTE organization, and under the FAITE (Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Education) division of FACTE. 
  • FLATE award notices will be posted on FLATE’s website, and social media platforms, but link to for details (and other recognition and award opportunities).
  • FLATE’s Award criteria will not change.
  • FLATE’s Awards will still be a two step process with online submission forms.
  • FLATE’s Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) will still serve as the judges and selection committee and welcome representatives from FLATE and/or FAITE to the process.
  • FLATE Awards will still be sponsored by our industry partners.
  • FLATE’s Awards will be presented at the annual FACTE conference in July each year.
  • January-February: Nominations open 
  • April: Nominations will close 
  • May: FLATE awardee will be selected by FLATE’s IAC Awards committee 
  • June: Awardees named and notified 
  • July: Award presentation at FACTE Conference

FLATE has been working diligently to make this important manufacturing educator and education program recognition
sustainable beyond the life of our FLATE center funding and are excited to now have FACTE and FAITE as our working partners.  Start thinking now about who you will nominate in Spring 2016.  We know that there are many excellent and exceptional manufacturing educators in your communities as well as their dedicated, hardworking community /industry partners.

There are three FLATE Manufacturing Education Awards:

1. FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award

2. FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award

3. FLATE Distinguished Partner Manufacturing Service Award

Deadlines: There are two steps to the nominations process:

PartI: for Nominators is due by March 1,2016.
Part II:For Nominees is due by May 1, 2016

For more information about the FLATE Awards visit, or email Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at and Danielly Orozco, project manager for FLATE at

Now please take a moment to read rest of the stories in this, November edition of the the FLATE Focus where you bring you an in-depth report on the "Blockbuster Success" of the Made in Florida industry tours for #FLMFGMonth15, including other events and industry tours that happened across the state. Do jot down your thoughts in the "comments section" below each article, or across any of our social networking platforms @Made_InFlorida.  

In other news we have stories about FLATE growing partnership with the Able Trust and the impact it's had on educating/training students enrolled in the Able Trust High School High Tech initiative. We also a round-up from the most recent ET Forum at Valencia College, and posted some information on free Mechatronics curriculum made available through the Department of Labor TAAACT grant. Last but not the least, do check your answers to last month's sTEm puzzle and catch up on news bytes posted in the side bar of this month's edition. 

As always we'd love to hear from you; do send us your questions and comments using the official hastags of the month #FLMFGMonth15 and #MFGDay15. 

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