Tampa – The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center at Hillsborough Community College was awarded a three-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support their Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Regional Center.
“This grant presents us with the opportunity to continue collaborating with our partners like HCC, the Department of Education, and others to continue addressing the critical education, training and talent development needs for Florida’s high tech manufacturers,” said Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE.
The funding will allow FLATE to continue expanding its award-winning engineering technology program at HCC and throughout the state, and strengthening industry connections that help graduates move directly into technical jobs. These efforts will include additional research in technician education and industry credential alignment to academics. FLATE will also develop a partnership for its award-winning “Made in Florida” outreach campaign with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (CAME).
“FLATE’s impact on technical education for high tech manufacturing has been tremendously important and this grant represents the NSF’s recognition of their efforts,” said HCC president Dr. Ken Atwater. “We look forward to their continued partnership over next three years.”
Located at HCC’s Brandon Campus, FLATE is a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 46 Advanced Technological Education Centers of Excellence in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the technician workforce needs of American advanced technology industries. Since 2004 FLATE has received nearly $10 million in funding from the NSF to support manufacturing education. For more information,
Hillsborough Community College serves nearly 48,000 students annually on five campuses and three centers throughout Hillsborough County. HCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.