2022 Spring Forum on Engineering Technology at Broward College

The 48th state-wide Forum on Engineering Technology held on March 30th and April 1st was hosted by the Broward College–North Campus at Coconut Creek, FL. Despite COVID restrictions and gas prices, the forum was well attended with 58 (8 virtual) participants from 17 Florida state and community colleges and one state university. This was the first time that the Forum met on a college campus since 2019. 

The Forum on Engineering Technology (ET Forum) has served as an important vehicle for bringing together Florida’s diverse and geographically dispersed community with common issues and challenges. With the support of the Florida Department of Education, FLATE works with the ET Forum network to strengthen the consortium, share its administrative activities and projects, provide professional development, bring industry and academia together, and engage in statewide FDOE curriculum frameworks review and reform. Over the years, it has become a true community of practice. The Forum meets twice a year and has convened forty-eight times at over 24 different Florida colleges.


The Forum was seeded in 1996 as part of a curriculum review of all Engineering Technology programs in Florida. Once that task was completed, the participants agreed to meet periodically to network, exchange ideas, discuss issues, share professional development opportunities, and review policy and procedure updates from the Florida Department of Education and, more specifically, the Division of Career and Technical Education. The first ET Forum was established in April 1997 at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College).

FLATE was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in July of 2004 and charged with state-wide curriculum reform for manufacturing and related technologies for community colleges and their partner high schools and universities. In 2005 FLATE engaged the Florida Department of Education in this undertaking and proposed to orchestrate the reform of the Manufacturing related community college curriculum across the state in one united effort by working with colleges with related programs and industry partners, to define new and relevant skill sets that would ultimately become the new Curriculum Frameworks as the A.S. Degree for Engineering Technologies for the state. Today, the ET Forum with FLATE guidance and leadership continues to grow strong by recruiting interested colleges; hosting industry professionals from companies near the host institution; providing professional development for emerging and relevant technologies; participating in FDOE statewide curriculum frameworks reform and change related to ET disciplines and providing extensive networking and opportunities for sharing and collaboration amongst colleges.

This spring ET Forum included discussions about:

  • The Florida Alliance for Technological Education (FLATE) including the possibility of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • An educational vendor round table presenting the “hottest” new products available
  • FDOE updates which included the new U.S. Department of Education CIP code changes to the ET degree frameworks
  • A tour of Broward’s ET Labs and facilities
  • Review of ET specializations, new program request procedures, and manufacturing framework reviews for the school year 2023-24
  • College and college ET program updates
  • An industry panel focused on “Innovations using Technology” with guest speakers from JL Audio, Hoerbiger, and Terumo Aortic
Day two of the forum included the review of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (MSSC-CPT) articulation agreement to the ET degree technical core, as well as a PathTech LISTEN Research review, important announcements, and a discussion including questions and answers with Senior Chancellor Henry Mack (watch his opening comments here).

The Florida Engineering Technology Forum serves as a model organization for other disciplines and career clusters in Florida as well as technical disciplines in other states. Presentation and recordings will be available at ET Forum Google Drive and FLATE.PBWorks/Presentations.

Special thanks to Broward College for hosting the ET Forum (for the first time) and the educational vendors for sponsoring the Forum.

For more information on the Forum and/or A.S.E.T degree visit http://fl-ate.org/projects/et-forum.html

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