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Florida's Model for Industry-Technical Education Partnerships

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Manufacturing Partnerships

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23.608.1 - 23.608.8



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Marilyn Barger 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 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 pathway; 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 STEM and technical 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 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


Michael C. Ennis Harris Corporation

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Michael Ennis is a Manufacturing Engineer for Harris Government Communications Division and an Adjunct Professor at Brevard Community College in Palm Bay, Florida.
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 15,000 employees-including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communication products, systems and services.
Ennis is currently an engineer in the Facilities Engineering department.
Ennis received the Harris “President’s Award for Personal Growth and Fulfillment” in 2006 for his work in establishing an Applied Associates of Science degree program for Harris employees. In 2009, Michael received the “Industry Distinguished Service Award” from the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center for his work with the local high schools and community college.
Ennis teaches engineering courses at Brevard Community College. He is a credentialed Instructor for Applied Mechanics with Lab, Industrial Safety, and Introduction to Quality Assurance, as well as IPC Certified to instruct Soldering Rework and Repair.
Ennis has a Master’s of Science degree in the Management of Technology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Michael’s professional career began at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He started as a Technician for McDonnell-Douglas in 1982 working on Space Shuttle Payloads. He progressed to a Senior Facility Systems Engineer by his departure in 2000. From KSC, Ennis moved to Washington DC for a position as Project Manager for Total Resource Management implementing Maximo Enterprise Computerized Maintenance Management Software. Ennis moved back to Florida in 2004, where he went to work for Harris.

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There is no question that industry and technical education programs have always understood thevalue that each can bring to the table with respect to the preparation of a skilled technicianworkforce. There is a question as to what is an efficient and effective industry partnershipprogram should look like. Several years ago, the Florida Advanced Technology EducationCenter, the NSF-ATE Regional Center of Excellence for Manufacturing Education developed ataskforce that included representation from the Florida Department of Education, the StateCollege system, the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, Florida's regionalmanufacturing associations, FLATE industry partners, and representatives from manufacturersthat have partnerships with specific two year technician programs to design and implement amodel program for developing and supporting industry/ technical education partnerships. Theresults of this effort is a coordinated plan that is creating an industry/education interactionstrategy for the Florida Plan for technical education.This paper will summarize the important characteristics of the Florida Plan as it relates toindustry/education partnerships. The paper will use a major Florida manufacturer, HarrisCorporation, as a model industry/education partnership for Florida. The paper will describe thespecific details to Harris Corporation efforts as they relate to the Florida Department ofEducation apprenticeship program, proactive interaction with their community college partner,and participation in the FLATE designed and Florida Department of Education implementedstatewide articulated A.S. Engineering Technology program. The impact on Harris Corporationas related to productivity will also be presented. .

Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Ennis, M. C. (2013, June), Florida's Model for Industry-Technical Education Partnerships Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19622

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