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FloridaMakes Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Future of Workforce Caucus

July 24th 2020

FloridaMakes received a National Science Foundation grant to organize and execute the Technician Future of Work Issues Caucus for Florida Community Colleges and Manufacturers. The purpose of the event will be to gather key leadership from the advanced manufacturing industry along with its workforce and education stakeholders to foster a conversation around the future talent needs of the smart factory. 

The goal of the Caucus is to identify technologies in Florida's small- to medium-sized manufacturers that directly contribute to Florida's technicians’ skills gap.  The project will first survey both manufacturers and 2-year college educators in Florida about future technical skills that will be used in manufacturing environments.  Stakeholder organizations including Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, the regional manufacturers associations across the state, the Florida Department of Education's Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education plus, Florida’s 28 state colleges and 48 technical centers will help distribute the questionnaires. The results will be reviewed by a select group of educators and manufacturers during the Caucus’ events. Outcomes and recommendations from this process will be shared with the public.

Boeing to Support International Space Station Operations Through 2024

July 17th 2020

Boeing, NASA’s lead industry partner for the International Space Station (ISS) since 1993, will continue supporting the celebrated orbiting laboratory through September of 2024 under a $916 million contract extension awarded today.

Boeing will provide engineering support services, resources, and personnel for activities aboard the ISS and manage many of the station’s systems. Work will be done at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston; the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida; and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as other locations around the world. The contract is valued at about $225 million annually.

Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County Announces Strategic Partnership with FloridaMakes

July 8th 2020

The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County (“EDC”) announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with FloridaMakes which will add immediate value to the EDC’s long-standing Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network (TeCMEN). 

With a stated goal of maximizing the level of operational resources available to the EDC’s TeCMEN and its members, the agreement will result in TeCMEN being integrated into FloridaMakes’ statewide manufacturing workforce development activities and monthly best practice calls.  In addition, FloridaMakes will assist the EDC with promotional activities and content associated with the organization’s TeCMEN Industry Day – an event that has become the Gulf Coast region’s premier one-day technical expo.  Held annually since 2017, the 2020 TeCMEN Industry Day is scheduled for August 27 in Fort Walton Beach.

FloridaMakes Works with Industry to Sponsor the First Statewide Online Manufacturing Apprentice Program

April 30th 2020

FloridaMakes is sponsoring a statewide registered apprenticeship program –– the FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship. The first program offered will focus on entry-level skills for new and existing employees in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) occupation. 

AIF in Partnership with Space Florida and FloridaMakes Accelerates Critical Connections Between Florida Manufacturers & Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8th 2020

Announcement of the deployment of an online database for Florida’s small to large manufacturers to engage in the marketplace.  The online database, Connex Florida, started as a disaster risk mitigation effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and is proving to be a critical tool to streamline connections between Florida manufacturers and businesses in need of their products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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