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A Quiet Revolution: Growth of Credentialed-Based Manufacturing Education in Florida

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Strategies for Effective Education in Manufacturing

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Marilyn Barger P.E. National Science Foundation ATE Centers

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Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathways; has produced award winning curriculum design and reform for secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education programs; and provides a variety of professional development for SETM and technology secondary and post-secondary educators focused on advanced technologies. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technologies for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger has presented at many national conferences including American Association of Engineering Education, National Career Pathways Network, High Impact Technology Exchange, ACTE Vision, League of Innovation and others. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘Council. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Epsilon Pi Tau honor societies. She is a charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger holds a licensed patent and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.

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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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Richard Gilbert is a Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida's College of Engineering . Richard is the Co-PI for the grant that supports the NSF designated Center of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education in Florida, FLATE. FLATE, now in its 13 year of operation, addresses curriculum, professional development, and outreach issues to support the creation of Florida's technical workforce. Richard has over 30 years of experience working with the K-14 education community. Other funded efforts include projects for the NIH and the US Department of Education. The latter was for the development of an engineering curriculum for elementary school applications. The former is for development of electric field mediated drug and gene applicators and protocols. This effort has generated over 20 patents and cancer treatment protocols currently in Phase II trials. Richard is a former US Air Force Office of Scientific Research Resident Research Scholar.

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Hugh Jack P. Eng. P.E. Western Carolina University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jack is not an author. The paper has been submitted on behalf of the authors Dr. Marilyn Barger and Dr. Richard Gilbert.

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Nationally, the revolution to include industry-driven and validated credentials in the mainstream manufacturing education platforms has barely begun, but educators and industry are digging in to find common grounds to use these tools to help close the growing manufacturing skills gap more efficiently and effectively. Serious conversations about using nationally recognized, third party validated, industry credentials to support career and technical education programs in Florida began early in the second half of the first decade of the twenty-first century. This paper discusses Florida initiatives that illustrate the evolution of aligning industry validated manufacturing skills based credentials with technical education programs in Florida.

Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Jack, H. (2017, June), A Quiet Revolution: Growth of Credentialed-Based Manufacturing Education in Florida Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27503

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