52nd FACTE Annual Conference& Trade Show at ChampionsGate, FL

The Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE) and Florida Association of Industrial Technical Education (FAITE) partnered up with FLATE to provide a pre-conference workshop and a full multi session day at the FACTE summer conference and trade show in July 16-18, 2018. This year’s conference hosted approximately 800 participants representing all areas of career and technical education. The Conference provides three days of intensive and informative general sessions, workshops, focus sessions, open forums and business meetings.  The Trade Show presents an opportunity for all attendees to see first-hand and hands-on the latest materials, information, equipment, and services that will help fulfill and enhance their professional responsibilities.

FLATE-FAITE Preconference-Technical Tours

FLATE and FAITE co-hosted their annual “Tech Tours” day. The preconference industrial and technical tours were held on July 16 and included tours to MidState Machine & Fabrication in Lakeland and Polk State College in Bartow. Eighteen participants, mostly educators, signed up for the tech tours and got a first-hand look at the industrial and technical operations in each of the sites.  During the tour at MidState Machine & Fabrication, participants had the opportunity to tour the facility that uses the largest machining equipment in the Southeast US, the its “Clean Room” Gold certified new state of the art laser scanner and more. At PSC, participants learned about PSC’s innovative ‘Open Entry, Early Exit’ (OEEE) self-paced hybrid NSF sponsored ET degree program offering a direct‐assessment and a hybrid competency‐based program combining theory development with hands‐on open lab assignments. They also toured Polk State’s impressive 3-D labs, machine shop and process control lab.  As always, tours are eye-opening experiences for educators providing snapshots of the real world working environments that they can share with their students.

Sessions included panel of FLATE 2018 Award Winners and their best practices. This panel shared their experiences in areas such as economic development, industry, education, administration and presented their best practices and significant contributions toward innovative programs in support of STEM, Engineering Technology, and industrial/manufacturing education in Florida. Presenters: Shirley Dobbins, C.A. Vossberg, Ted M. Missildine.

Communication and Leadership: Teachers building their communication skills to help their students. Teachers networking to promote their program. Speaking at events to promote the school to help fund special programs. Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Presenter: Kim Burt.

FAITE Membership Meeting: participants learned about all the benefits of joining FAITE.
Factors Affecting Engineering Technology Pathways – Sharing real students' perspectives to help increase recruitment and retention in your program: The purpose of this session was to present the results of an NSF sponsored student survey that will help educators, counselors, and career pathway representatives to understand how Learning, Interests, Family, and Employment (LIFE) experiences of two-year college students in Florida impact their decisions to enroll, return for further coursework, go to work, or complete an associate degree. It starts in high school. This session included the presentation of the survey, preliminary findings, and will end with a breakout discussion of how targeted research findings can be applied to program development, career pathways best practices, and ultimately share strategies that will help increase CTE recruitment and retention. Presenters: Marilyn Barger & Danielly Orozco-Cole.

FACTE conducted a short survey after each session to gauge the overall experience and feedback of attendees. One hundred percent of respondents deemed the overall professional development value of the tours as excellent and would recommend the conference to colleagues.
The 2019 FACTE Annual Conference will be held at July 15-17, 2019, at the SeaWorld Renaissance in Orlando, FL. Registration forms, presenter proposal forms, and award nominations will be posted online in January 2019.

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