From the Executive Directors Desk:Daytona State College’s Statewide Articulation for ASET to to BSET

FLATE’s mission includes providing meaningful career and educational pathways for the advanced manufacturing industry sectors. This includes the entire spectrum from introducing young children to “making” to post baccalaureate STEM degrees, with our sweet spot the middle of the spectrum where we find high school students, post-secondary students in 2-year technical programs and/or technical institutions.  As educators, we know the value of education for both personal and professional growth and always encourage students to consider continuing their education to support that growth.  Obviously, it becomes easier to do this when we have smooth pathways that optimizes both their education and their experiences.

To this end, we developed credentialed-based articulations to the A.S. Engineering Technology (A.S.E.T.) to give full credit for a number of credentials thereby accelerating the time completion.  This pathway model has been adopted in many disciplines and at many college across the nation.  Now in 2017 I am excited to share the work done at Daytona State College (DSC) to establish a statewide articulation for all A.S.E.T. graduate in any of the 10 specializations at over 20 state and community colleges to the B.S. Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.) that will go into effect early in 2018. This sounds like a “no-brainer” because there are many smooth “2+2” Associate of Arts (A.A.) to Bachelors of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) degree.  However, technical degrees for which the main focus is prepare students to enter specific technical jobs upon completion not necessarily to continue to a bachelor’s degree.  Additionally, there are critical criteria that must be met for baccalaureate degrees that are set by institutional accrediting agencies, state governing boards, and discipline-specific accrediting organizations (in the case for Engineering and Engineering Technology, that organization is ABET (http://www.abet.org/). These degree attributes are not inherent with in our community of 20+ state and community colleges offering various combinations of A.S.E.T. specializations using over one hundred academic courses. Defining an agreement that would accommodate all variations truly represents a work of both art and engineering.

The A.S.E.T. is a 60-credit hour degree with 15 hours of general education and 18 hours of introductory level technical courses and 27 hours of more advanced technical course.  The B.S.E.T. will require a total of 128 hours, including all 60 earned in the A.S.E.T.  To make this possible the degree allows courses taken within the ASET to be used to fulfill General Education and lower level technical requirements of the BSET degree. Also many ASET degrees have flexibility to allow students to meet specific lower level requirements of the BSET degree such as Math and Science. With good advising students that have the long term goal of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree can do so without requiring excess hours or classes.

An additional challenge, and perhaps magic for (for those of us who live in education domain is the fact that the B.S.E.T. at DSC can be taken remotely with online and hybrid courses.  The hybrid courses have four options for completing the hands-on lab exercises: 1) Complete the exercises at Daytona State in the college labs; 2) Purchase a lab kit for the course sold through the Daytona State bookstore; 3) arrange to do the lab portions at the local A.S.E.T. degree-offering state or community colleges; or 4) arrange to complete the lab activities at a workplace with a designated proctor.   This generates many degrees of freedom for students but all of these options support efficient pathways to the B.S.E.T. degree.

Although several A.S.E.T. programs in Florida already have defined specific articulation agreements with the B.S.E.T., the new statewide agreement will allow all students who have earned their A.S.E.T. degree in Florida to continue their ET education seamlessly at DSC.  The B.S.E.T. is ABET accredited, which allows students to pursue continued education in graduate programs and professional licensure.

Interested in the B.S.E.T. degree, please contact Dr. Ron Eaglin at Daytona State College (eaglinr@daytonastate.edu).  If you want to learn more about the A.S.E.T., contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, Executive Director FLATE (mbarger@hccfl.edu) or visit our ET Degree colleges webpage on www.madeinflorida.org


 


Creating Florida's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce


Florida’s manufacturing employment has grown steadily over the last 78 months after a rapid decline in the 4 years prior.[1] In June 2017, employment numbers returned to the 2009 level with a total 365,900 jobs throughout the state.  This current total employment represents an increase of 10,900 jobs since January 2016.[2]  These jobs are spread across 20,584 manufacturing establishments, also increasing steadily over the past several years.[3] This bodes well for the State’s manufacturing economy in that Florida has largely outpaced the rest of the nation in manufacturing job creation.  However, one key challenge is the fact that in Florida, 80% of all manufacturing firms employ less than 20 people and over 99% are classified as small businesses.  Coupled with this challenge is the reality of the 21st century: 
  • Baby boomers are leaving the technical workforce taking their valuable experience and skills with them.
  • Technology is changing pace exponentially and at no other time has technical innovation moved so quickly into the manufacturing sector.
  • High skilled related manufacturing is moving back to the U.S. creating an even bigger demand on the manufacturer workforce needs.[4]

Two national supported and 100% Florida focused organizations, FLATE by the National Science Foundation and FloridaMakes by the Department of Commerce, are collectively addressing this challenge.

FLATE is now using NSF awarded transition funds to shift its core mission functions into other Florida organizations, such as FloridaMakes.  It is anticipated that: the expertise resident within FLATE can continue to play a critical role at the Florida College System and within Florida’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) community; and that FLATE in its new FloridaMakes supported environment will continue to promote and support specific NSF grant project proposals identified through and with FloridaMakes and its Florida College System partners.  Those project topics focus on manufacturing workforce development and include:

            (i)  A.S. Degree technicians Education
                        Industry Recognized Credentials
                        Recognized Apprenticeship Programs           

            (ii)  Manufacturing Academy Program Promotion
            (iii)  A.S. Degree and CTE Faculty and Program Support
            (iv)  Faculty Subject Matter Expert Network available to industry
                    for focused manufacturing training
 


[1] Florida Manufacturing Employment, Seasonally Adjusted, Fl Department of Economic Opportunity, June 2017
[2] U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program, July 21, 2017
[3] Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Wages and Employment Program. The most recent data available are for 2016 Q3.
[4] Using Competency Models to Drive Competitiveness and Combat the Manufacturing Skills Gap, Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Tooling U, Cleveland, OH


The goals for both FloridaMakes and FLATE center on creating a world class manufacturing environment in Florida with a collective effort to accelerate manufacturers’ access to talent development infrastructure and dramatically increase the use of On-Line Skills Training.  Specific objectives of this joint effort will be explored in future FLATE Focus editions.




2017 ET Forum, Ocala Fl., College of Central Florida

 


The 39th state-wide Forum on Engineering Technology (ET Forum) held on September 21st and 22nd was hosted by the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Despite hurricane Irma, the forum was well attended with 33 participants and 13 FL colleges. The Forum provided ET and related discipline area faculty administrators and educators direct interaction with industry professionals, Florida Dept. of Education program supervisors to address the issues concerning our field of technical education.

The Florida Engineering Technology Leadership Council and the Engineering Technology Forum was established in April 1997 at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College). Since 1996 the ET Forum has been hosted in 21 Colleges around Florida.

The membership includes the department heads and the leaders of the technology programs in the State of Florida. The Forum is a viable means for industry and educators across the state to meet regularly to discuss issues of the educating of tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workforce. The Forum is building capacity in faculty across the state and securing a community of practice around manufacturing and technology education in Florida.

This year theme of this Forum was Advancing Engineering Technology and included some of new projects and updates. Thursday sessions included opportunities for collaboration with a great vendors’ panel discussion, presentation concerning a new specialization related to additive manufacturing, articulation AS to BSET update, a special tour of the College of Central Florida ET facilities and FANUC Robotics Center, the ET credentialing related to the Lumina Foundation, PathTech LIFE updates, update by the FLDOE and the partnership with FloridaMakes. On Friday morning, the Systems Integration, the College Issues Forum, and the FLATE advanced technology updates were presented.
Highlights from PathTech LIFE Spring Pilot Student Survey
A National Survey of LIFE (Learning, Interests, Family, and Employment) Experiences Influencing Pathways into Advanced Technologies. Each student who participates will receive $25 Amazon gift cards for completing the 15 minute survey. Participating colleges/programs will receive a stipend for participating ($250 for 70% response rate) and a personalized Findings Report. College-level findings report is now very attainable at only a 50% response rate.
 
Did you Know…
  • The average age of the 74 respondents was 29
  • 91% of the 74 respondents indicated they were male.
You can participate! Here is how!!
 
To register please contact Ben Reid (ben@impactallies.com) - External Communications Coordinator.
 
ET Forum Survey results
 
A total of 22 attendees responded to the survey the following:
 
An impressive 100% of attendees who responded to the survey said that they are planning to use the information presented at this workshop and they will use the information they have gained with a colleague or peers.
 
Special Thank you to the ET Forum sponsors for their generous support!
 

Adams Air & Hydraulics, Bluegrass Educational Technologies, Jaeger Corporation, Learning Labs, Nida Corporation, Southern Educational Systems
 
 
 
Presentations and material for the 2017 Fall ET forum are available online at
Made in Florida 2017 Fall ET Forum at CF