First Coast Manufacturers Association Business Advisor Appointed to Dean’s Advisory Council


JACKSONVILLE, FL (December 2018) – The University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education Dean’s Advisory Council, engages industry and community leaders concerned about the provision of learning that supports workforce and economic development, as well as lifelong learning, appointed Paula DeLuca, FloridaMakes Business Advisor at First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA), as a new Council Member, strengthening their commitment to regional success.

The University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education aspires to be the unrivaled regional provider of professional development, lifelong learning opportunities and customized corporate services that drive economic development and individual success. It strives to offer unparalleled education and training programs for the community, professionals, employers, and companies seeking long-term success. 

Paula DeLuca, First Coast Manufacturers Association’s FloridaMakes Business Advisor in Jacksonville, has worked in manufacturing for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in the aerospace, security & defense, electronics, automotive and medical device industries. As a member of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Dean’s Advisory Council at UNF, Paula will help define the direction of the DCE and join other community leaders invested in educational excellence, making a meaningful difference in the Northeast Florida region.

“I am excited to be serving on the council,” said Paula DeLuca. “Florida manufacturers face many challenges in a global marketplace, particularly at a time of exponential regional growth. As a council member, I am looking forward to helping to make a difference in the educational environment for manufacturers in the region.”

“Paula has brought a wealth of knowledge and insights to the Dean’s Advisory Council. Her keen understanding of the manufacturing sector and other growing industries in Jacksonville makes her the perfect person to advise the division on issues related to education and training trends. We will be a more effective provider because of her contributions,” Dean Abdullah commented.

First Coast Manufacturers Association is a mission-driven Regional Manufacturing Association (RMA) in Northeast Florida, serving as the regional authority and resource for manufacturers.  As one of their goals, FCMA works to provide pathways for a skilled manufacturing workforce.  Paula DeLuca, in her role with FCMA and the Dean’s Advisory Council, helps FCMA fulfill that objective. 

Lake Ray, President of First Coast Manufacturers Association commented that the role of the Dean’s Advisory Council cannot be understated as they help to establish the understanding of the needs in the business community.  “Paula has been working with manufacturers in the region for over a year.  Her work experience, background and growing relationships with manufacturers and business leaders will make her an asset to the Advisory Council. At FCMA, she has a proven record as a Business Advisor where her skills have helped multiple companies grow their staff, increase productivity and train employees in the workforce.”

FloridaMakes, operated by participating RMAs throughout Florida, delivers services available to all manufacturers in Florida to improve the overall performance of individual manufacturing firms, create and retain an advanced manufacturing workforce and deliver measurable economic impact. The relationship between FCMA and FloridaMakes provides measurable value through services provided to manufacturers in the Northeast region of the State.

About Division of Continuing Education Dean’s Advisory Council, UNF

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Dean’s Council engages industry and community leaders, who are concerned about the provision of learning that supports workforce and economic development, as well as lifelong learning.  This Council is particularly important at a time of exponential regional growth, national challenges and global change.  It is essential that those with an abiding devotion to economic and workforce development, as well as community learning, work together to expand the availability of career entry, incumbent worker, and personal education and training. For more information, visit

About First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA)

FCMA is a non-profit trade association with over 300 members. The mission of the FCMA has remained constant: to serve manufacturers. FCMA saves its members time and money through advocacy, networking, and resources – providing workforce development training, fostering networking, and business relationships through committees and special events. FCMA continues to be a respected voice in local, state and federal government. For more information, please visit

About FloridaMakes
FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating Regional Manufacturing Associations throughout Florida.  Its mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers by accelerating technology adoption, talent development, and business growth, and to strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing economy. It operates with industry, research, educational, and economic development partners, both public and private at the state and national levels, to provide services that are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies. FloridaMakes is the official representative of the MEP National Network operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the State of Florida.  For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit

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