FACTE Annual Conference & Trade Show

After 16 months of virtual meetings, Florida educators and administrators were eager to take part in the 55th Annual FACTE Conference & Trade Show, held July 19-21, 2021, at the SeaWorld Renaissance in Orlando, Florida.

The Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE) and the Florida Association of Industrial Technical Education (FAITE), once again, partnered up with the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), to help provide top-quality professional development and share best practices to career and technical (CTE) educators in Florida.
With proper physical distancing and safety protocols, this year’s Conference and Trade Show was a success, hosting approximately 500 participants and 28 vendors representing all areas of CTE education. The conference included more than 70 face-to-face meeting opportunities which included pre-conference workshops, division meetings and conference’s multi sessions. Topics included new and innovative curriculum and strategies for impactful instruction, building pipelines, Florida Department of Education (DOE) frameworks review, CAPE certifications and the importance of industry partnerships. The trade show and sessions, once again, were filled with opportunities for networking, share best practices, and build relationships among CTE educators and administrators around the state.

FAITE Membership Meeting and DOE Cluster Updates
During this session participants learned about all the benefits of joining the Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators (FAITE), a non-profit professional organization that works collectively toward the advancement and enhancement of technical and industrial education throughout Florida. In addition, DOE provided cluster updates including but not limited to engineering and technology education; manufacturing; transportation, distribution, and logistics.

FLATE 2021 Best Practice Award Winners Panel
After the FLATE Manufacturing Education Awards Recognition Ceremony, FLATE award winners shared their experiences, best practices, and significant contributions, career awareness in support of STEM, engineering technology, and industrial/manufacturing education in Florida.
Award Winners Panel:
  • Selena Lewis- Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award.
  •  Mike D. Cannon- Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award.
  • Thomas A. Mudano- Distinguished Manufacturing Organizational Partner Service Award. 
  • Peter Cirak- Distinguished Manufacturing Partner Service Award.

SolidWorks new 3DX platform and CAPE certifications
During this session, participants learned about SolidWorks new 3DX Platform, a cloud solution/single collaborative platform, student success with the SolidWorks CSWA, CSWP CAPE Certifications Tools.
Presenters: Mike Leary, Harvey Schilleci

Accessible, Portable Training for Engineering and Manufacturing
This session provided resources and curriculum for portable training for topics including electronics, pneumatics and automation, CNC machining, motors, machines, and process control.
Presenters: Liam Walton, Scott Weller

Online with Swivl Classroom Camera and Canvas
Presentation included an online resource for teacher to record lessons and make them available online for students.
Presenters: Kin Burt, Morgan Kelly

Online Curriculum for Every CTE class: iCEV
This session provided online curriculum resources for all CTE subject areas. Online tools include automatic testing, grading, lesson plans with interactive activities.
Presenters: Scott Weller, Kay Carmichael

Industry 4:0 Skill Needs for the Future
As part of the Florida Careers Network (FCPN) strand, FLATE shared the findings of two statewide surveys (educators and industry) and the follow up analysis that will impact the manufacturing related CTE programs in Florida at the secondary and post-secondary levels based on industry sectors needs for entry level technicians.
Presenters: Dr. Marilyn Barger

Professional development opportunities are posted on our FLATE wiki site.  You can always check there for additional updates by clicking on the Professional Development icon as well as explore any previous workshops and PD events offered by FLATE and its partners. 

Thank you so much to the FACTE team that has worked to bring us back to an in-person conference with all the obstacles that it has entailed this year. FLATE will continue to partner with FACTE and FAITE to represent CTE at the local and state level, to provide professional development and to support CTE education for Florida students, teachers and business partners.

Save the Date - July 18-20, 2022
The 56th FACTE Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Sawgrass Marriot, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Registration forms, presenter proposal forms, and award nominations will be posted online in January 2022.

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