FLATE, the National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence in Florida was named winner of the National Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award. Sponsored by Kuder, Inc., the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, professional development for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students. “FLATE directly supports the economic development goals of Florida in the area of manufacturing technology, and continues to lead the charge in developing, marketing and supporting curriculum frameworks that directly impact Florida’s diverse sector of manufacturing-related industries, its employers and employees” said Libby Livings- Eassa, president of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN). Eassa states the Award “definitively recognizes FLATE’s efforts and illustrates the high level of collaboration and commitment by promoting active engagement in rigorous and technologically relevant programs of study.”
The National Career Pathways Network assists its education and business members in implementing, evaluating, and improving career pathways initiatives by providing a communication network. NCPN strives to compile and share information on exemplary practices; collaborate to develop implementation resources; and foster communication about Career Pathways and other workforce education programs. “This Award would not be possible without a great team and awesome partners across the state. Can’t do it alone” said Dr. Marilyn Barger, principal investigator & executive director of FLATE, who will receive the award in October 2015, at the annual National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) conference in Dallas, TX.
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 39 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. For more information visit www.ncpn.info