Engineering Technology Community News

The start of the new academic year is a good time to share updates and news about the people and places in Florida’s Engineering Technology Community. We now have 2 new State Colleges.  In recent months, North Florida Community Colleges and Florida Keys Community College have evolved to North Florida College and College of the Florida Keys and are now offering 4-year degrees. Florida Keys and North Florida both now offer a B.S. in Nursing, and Florida Keys is also offering a B.A.S, in Supervision and Management.  Congratulations to both colleges for their new status.

Sam Ajlani and Central Florida College opened its FAST Center for Fanuc Robotics Training which is a significant asset to Florida manufacturers and all engineering technology degree programs. Florida State College at Jacksonville opened its new Instrumentation Laboratory late in the spring and also has hired a new ET faculty, Kevin Beamish, who started this summer.
Additionally, John Byrd has joined the ET program at South Florida State College (SFSC) as faculty and program director.

Margi Lee has moved to Chipola College where she is teaching and coordinating the ET Degree program there. Margi also attended the HI-TEC conference for the first time in St Louis this summer with many other Florida Advanced Technology faculty.

Rick Frazier, Director of Workforce at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) retired late last spring, and after 5 dedicated and passionate years teaching, Bob Segiworth has left Lake Sumter State College’s (LSSC) ET program (which he started) to return to industry this past July.  Both Rick and Bob will be missed by our community and we wish them all the best as they transition to new adventures.

St. John’s River State College and Valencia College will begin offering AS ET Degree Program in 219-2020 academic in new facilities and new labs at their colleges. These are the 22nd and 23 Florida College adopting the AS Engineering Technology degree.

We also say a fond farewell to Libby Simpson who has left the Hillsborough County School District for a position with FIRST Robotics. Libby developed FLATE’s camp curriculum for 2 levels as well as all the CIS lessons built around Manufacturing Day tours.  She taught our Robotics Summer Camps for at least 6 years and coordinated them as well. We are sad to see her leave, but awesome to watch her build her career on strong foundations she started with FLATE and Hillsborough County.

I am sure that there is more news, so please be sure to let us know!  Several colleges are recruiting new ET faculty. IF you know of anyone who might be interested in teaching in an Engineering Technology program at a Florida College, please let us know so we can facilitate connections.

We are so excited to be going back to Seminole State College (SSC) for the ET Forum this fall on Oct 17-18. The Forum previously meet there in 2008 and way back at the ET Forum beginnings in 1997. We hope to see many of you there next month.  If you have issues with travel, please let me know.

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