Congratulations to the Distinguished Nominees and Recipients of the 2020 FLATE Awards!

FLATE, FAITE and FloridaMakes are pleased to announce the distinguished nominees and final recipients of the 2020 FLATE Awards! This is FLATE’s thirteenth year of the awards program, and is one of FLATE’s many efforts to highlight and recognize educators and industry partners’ leaders for their outstanding contributions to promote and support technology education and manufacturing careers awareness in Florida.

FLATE distinguished manufacturing award winners are selected from nominations submitted from all across the state. Nominees are judged by an Awards Committee made up of industry representative(s), FAITE board member(s), past awardee(s), and member(s) of the FloridaMakes Workforce Leadership Committee. FLATE and the judging committee congratulates all the distinguished nominees of the 2020 FLATE Awards for their hard work and commitment to technology education at the local, state, and/or national level.

The 2020 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Award Recipients are:

2020 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award: Todd Sterling Thuma with Mulberry High School, Mulberry, FL.

2020 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award: Alan Phillip Zube with Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL.

2020 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Partner Service Award: Shannon Danielle Guzman with Chromalloy Castings, Land O Lakes, FL.

Award winners will be honored and receive their awards during the awards breakfast at The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit on May 29 in Orlando, FL.

In addition, award winners will participate in the Best Practice Award Winners Panel at FACTE’s Annual Conference & Trade Show on July in July 21 in Orlando; Fl. This event will be hosted by the Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators-FAITE.

Special Acknowledge to the Awards Committee for their time and commitment and to our sponsors for helping to promote and support technology education and manufacturing careers awareness in Florida.

Remember to Mark your Calendars!
MakeMore Manufacturing Summit - May 28 -29, JW Marriot in Orlando 4040 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, Florida.

The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector. It intends to serve as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. Join in-depth discussions as we build a road-map to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.

For more information about MakeMore Manufacturing Summit click here or email to

54th FACTE Annual Conference and Trade Show - July 20-22, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida.

The 54th FACTE Annual Conference and Trade Show will host approximately 500 participants who represent 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. Registration for our 54th Annual FACTE Conference and Trade Show is now open! Click Here to register for this event.

The Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators-FAITE is a non-profit professional organization which works collectively toward the advancement and enhancement of technical and industrial education throughout Florida. Membership in FAITE is open to all Industrial & Technical educators.

For more information about the 2020 FACTE Annual conference and FAITE visit and

For more information about the FLATE Awards, please visit, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at

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