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SCF Hosted Manufacturing Forum

(Bradenton, Fla., June 22, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted the Educating and Certifying Florida’s Manufacturing Workforce Forum at SCF Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday, June 16.

Sponsored by the Manufacturers Association of Florida, the statewide forum was designed to encourage dialogue between manufacturers and educators about preparing students for manufacturing careers. The forum emphasized the need to create a pipeline for manufacturing education from certifications to bachelor’s degrees.

About 60 people from the Florida Department of Education, the Manufacturers Association of Florida and technical institutes and state colleges throughout the region attended the forum.

Speakers were Nancy Stephens, executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Florida; Jennifer McNelly, senior vice president of The Manufacturing Institute; Dr. Eric Roe, director of Employ Florida Banner Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Polk State College; Don Upton, president of Fairfield Index Inc.; Daisy Vulovich, associate vice president of SCF’s Corporate and Community Development; Dr. Eric Owens, education supervisor at Florida Department of Education.

Other sponsors included The Manufacturing Institute, Workforce Florida Inc., Employee Florida Banner Center Advanced Manufacturing, and Mileo and Associates Inc.

Vulovich greeted guests and presented a snapshot of SCF’s involvement in working with local manufacturers to provide certification training and testing and fostering student engagement in STEM related fields.

The next forum will be held on Nov. 30 in Orlando at the Annual Manufacturers Summit to develop an implementation plan for preparing students for the manufacturing workforce.

Manufacturers Association Forum
David Auxier, SCFdirector of Workforce Solutions, Don Upton,
president of Fairfield Index Inc.; Daisy Vulovich, associate vice president
of SCF's Corporate and Community Development; Dr. Eric Roe,
director of Employ Florida Banner Center for Advanced Manufacturing,
Polk State College; Nancy Stephens, executive director of the Manufacturers
Association of Florida; Jennifer McNelly, senior vice president of
The Manufacturing Institute.

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