Ernie Friend is an Instructional Program Manager for Information Technologies at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) in Jacksonville, Florida. FSCJ is a values-driven institution committed to ensuring that all students at the institution have an extraordinarily positive overall experience. Mr. Friend holds a B.S. degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in Cybersecurity from the University of South Florida.
He has worked at FSCJ since 1994 and been involved in many phases of manufacturing, engineering technology (ET), computer networking infrastructure management and design, and cybersecurity. He also managed the ET and advanced manufacturing programs for a number of years. For ET and advanced manufacturing, Mr. Friend worked closely with FLATE in restructuring and updating those programs and expanding student options in the degree plan to meet regional industry needs. With support from several large federal grants, Mr. Friend further enhanced those programs by developing strong business partnerships. With FLATE, Mr. Friend developed and built small programmable controller trainers designed with high schools in mind because of their low cost and simplicity.
He has taught FLATE workshops at HI-TEC conferences using these same trainers and has used the trainers with his local high school partners. 

Join us all at HI-TEC to celebrate Ernie and the other Hi-TEC winners. 

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARDCelia I. Merzbacher, National Laboratory Oak Ridge, TennesseeINNOVATIVE PROGRAM AWARD: Educator Bus Tour directed by John Sherwood, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio

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