FLATE News & Updates
FLATE wants to recognize your contributions to promoting manufacturing career awareness through student events! Apply Now through March 31.
The Spring ET Forum is this month! Community college engineering technologies faculty in Florida, register now to participate in this semiannual 2-day meeting.
A Look at Engineering Technology and Related A.S. Programs Student Enrollment and Completion 5-Year Trend in Florida
FLATE annually requests and compiles student enrollment and completion data for Engineering Technology (ET) and related A.S., Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science B.S. degrees and college credit certificate (CCC) programs for Florida colleges. For trends, comparisons, and benchmarking, FLATE collects the same data for related technology programs for secondary and postsecondary career certificate programs (CC). Some of these programs, including the A.S. ET Degree, are aligned to the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician (MSSC CPT) credential and take advantage of the statewide articulation using that MSSC CPT to acquire 15 credits towards the ET Degree.

Currently, 23 of the 28 member colleges of the Florida College System (FCS), offer the ET AS program. These programs respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of employers by aligning certificate and degree programs with regional workforce needs. Click below for details, including specifics on female and minority enrollment and completion as well as disability and military-veteran program numbers.
Volunteer and Meet the Next Generation of Engineers
Volunteering at middle and high school competitions is a great way to see the next generation of designers and engineers. SkillsUSA Florida and the Florida Technology Student Association (TSA) are two competitions that showcase student projects and skills and are always in need of community support to assist and judge. The TSA held its statewide competition on Feb.23-26, 2022. Competitions ranged from animatronics to web design. Ernie Friend, FLATE's Executive Director (shown here with Bob Robert “Bob” Blevins from the Florida Department of Education) attended the TSA event as a judge and table sponsor, judging the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) competition where this year's student competitors had to design and create ice cream scoops. Click below to read the full article and see the student designs, including one that is electrically heated!
More FLATE Outreach Activities
2022 STEM Fair
Women in STEM Breakfast
The 2022 Annual Hillsborough Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair, held at the Tampa Convention Center on February 28th-March 2nd, is the largest academic competition in Florida and one of the largest in the nation with more than 100,000 students in grades K-12 competing at their schools. 
To celebrate International Women's Day and the accomplishments of Women in STEM and to inspire younger generations to pursue careers in STEM, FLATE joined a group of female STEM professionals from throughout Pinellas County who attended the “Women in STEM” Breakfast at Seminole Middle School in Largo on March 8th.
Upcoming Events
Florida Career Pathways Network (FCPN) Webinar (Free)
Becoming a Resilient Leader - April 6 4pm-5pm
Florida Career Pathways Network is proud to announce that registration is open for their first virtual webinar, Becoming a Resilient Leader. The pace of change has never been faster and the need for an adaptable and resilient mindset has never been greater. Learn strategies that can help anyone grow in their ability to see, communicate, and adapt to change. We will be joined by Joshua Davies from The Center for Work Ethic Development, who was most recently the keynote presenter at the January FCPN Symposium. Registration is FREE.
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Spring 2022 Webinar Series
Did you know that skilled technical workers of the future will need cross-disciplinary skills in diverse platforms and systems? Technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and robotics are transforming existing industries and creating new ones at an unprecedented pace. This series of free, 30-minute webinars will develop your
understanding of the Future of Work, its implications for your program, and strategies for addressing the challenges of preparing technicians. 
HTEC 2022 | Haas CNC Educators Annual Conference
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Smyrna, TN)
July 25-28
Join educators throughout North America for the Annual Haas CNC Educators Conference to gain insight on best-practices in teaching CNC machining, CAD, CAM, automation, metrology, and related technologies. The conference will kick off with access to partner-led technical training workshops, a keynote speaker with ties to industry and education, educator-led breakout sessions, local manufacturing tours, peer group sessions, and more. The evenings will include a welcome reception Monday and a group BBQ Tuesday at a once-in-a-lifetime venue. 
Faculty Opportunities & Resources
Valencia College Hiring Full-Time ET Professor
Apply by March 17th
Valencia College Osceola Campus is hiring a full-time, tenure-track Engineering Technology Professor. The posting, along with application instructions, is available online and applications must be submitted by 3/17/2022.
2022 Material Handling Teachers Institute
Applications to Attend for Free Due by March 31
Are you teaching or planning to teach material handling, facility layout/design/logistics, operations, or a supply chain related course? Are you interested in an event-filled week of learning, mentoring, networking, and tours? If so, apply to attend the 2022 Material Handling Teachers Institute (MHTI) sponsored by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) and hosted by the University of Buffalo. This will be a fully in-person event. Designed for faculty and doctoral students with all levels of experience who are directly involved (or will soon be involved) in teaching one of the above-specified fields.

Through the generous funding provided by MHI, the onsite expenses of all attendees will be paid including Hotel, Meals during the program, Onsite transportation, and all sponsored tours. (Attendees are required to pay their own airfare and transportation to the hotel).
ASEE/Autodesk Social Change Challenge 2022
1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000
ASEE and Autodesk are partnering to sponsor a contest to inspire social change—connecting your classroom to your community. Faculty are invited to create a lesson plan challenging students to design a solution that makes a positive impact in their community. The lesson plan might focus on solving a lack of access to high-speed internet, transportation, playground equipment—or any other issue that will light up students’ imagination. Open to faculty/lecturers/teachers at post-secondary institutions in the United States. 
**Faculty at 2-year institutions are especially encouraged to apply. **
Submissions open: Now through May 13. Any questions, please contact Geraldine Gooding at g.gooding@asee.org.
FLATE Tech Talk Available on Demand
Presented by: Dr. Dazhong Wu. Machine learning enables manufacturers to practice predictive maintenance to reduce unexpected equipment downtime as well as improve product quality by extracting data and information from manufacturing data. Share these applications of machine learning to help students understand the role of “big data” in smart manufacturing.
Mentor Up Workshop: ATE Grant Mentoring
for Two-Year Colleges - Deadline April 1
Mentoring workshop about the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and how to most effectively apply for grant funding. The virtual workshop will be held June 15-17. Who should apply? Full-time STEM discipline faculty involved in technician education programs from two-year colleges. Two faculty per college are eligible for a $500 stipend at the completion of the workshop. An additional stipend of $250 is available upon submission of an ATE proposal in the October 2022 competition. Questions? Contact Dr. Marilyn Barger.
Advance CTE Resource Center
Resources, tools and guides from the Learning that Works Resource Center supporting high-quality and equitable Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Student Scholarships & Opportunities
Lockheed Martin Offers 2 New Scholarships for Stem & Vocational Students - Apply by April 1, 2022
Lockheed Martin’s Vocational Scholarship program is awarding $5,000 to up to 150 students of all ages who are preparing for careers in technology, engineering, and advanced manufacturing at a U.S. accredited community or technical college. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate, or industry-recognized credential.

Lockheed Martin’s STEM Scholarship program awards up to 200 renewable $10,000 scholarships to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, math, and physics fields. This scholarship is for passionate students who demonstrate financial need and come from an underrepresented group or underserved community. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, and seniors in high school or undergraduate college students (freshmen, sophomores, or juniors).
Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology NanoFab
2022 Summer Internships - Deadline to Apply: March 25th
The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) NanoFab, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and NEATEC are sponsoring internships for your students to take place during the Summer 2022 term at the CNST in Gaithersburg, MD. They will sponsor two students (community college and/or four-year technical colleges) during this term. The duration of the internships is 14 weeks, and the starting date is May 23rd, 2022. The student must attend the whole period. Each student will receive a stipend of $650 per week during the duration of the internship and a one-payment of $500 to cover travel expenses. 
This is a great opportunity for your students and recent graduates to enhance their resumes and to learn about semiconductors, nanotechnology hands-on activities, and cleanroom tools. The program is designed for students enrolled in engineering or technical fields, such as electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, semiconductor, nanotechnology, and other related fields. Students enrolled in science programs, such as Engineering Science, physics, and chemistry are welcome to apply. However, special consideration will be given to students with a basic background in semiconductor and nanotechnology fabrication and processes. 
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