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FLATE’s Engineering Technology degree featured in science nation
(L) Dr. Marilyn Barger, principal investigator and executive director of FLATE, appeared on Science Nation right here in HCC-Brandon’s high-tech facilities. (R) HCC Brandon Campus President Dr. Carlos Soto touted the success of HCC’s engineering technology degree program on Science Nation

Florida Advanced Technological Education Center’s (FLATE) award-winning associate in science degree in Engineering Technology (ET) was featured in Science Nation as part of special reports from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The video, released on Feb. 7, 2013, takes a look at the two-year ET degree created by FLATE, and its pioneering role in laying a pathway for students to earn industry-certified credentials that articulate to the degree now offered at half of Florida’s state colleges.

The two-year program seamlessly transfers to B.S. and B.A.S. programs throughout colleges in Florida. Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, Dr. Marilyn Barger says the program is geared to empower students with the knowledge and relevant skills set that are not only in high demand and highly paid, but are equally transferable across various industry sectors.

The ET associate in science degree and certificate program—conceived, engineered and coordinated by FLATE—is the first of its kind to offer a cohesive, comprehensive, fully articulated inter-institutional program. The degree is built on a set of core classes that cover concepts in computer-aided drafting, electronics, instrumentation and testing, processes and materials, quality, and safety.

“These core skills support the Florida workforce, and align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification, providing value-added benefits to industry” Barger said.

A valid MSSC CPT credential articulates to 15 credit hours of the ET degree’s technical core in any of 14 colleges offering the degree in the state. The MSSC CPT is also one component of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) endorsed Stackable Certification System (SCS), which aligns industry validated credentials with academic programs and occupations supporting all manufacturing sectors.

FLATE worked closely with community colleges and industries across Florida to develop the program, and partnered with the Florida Department of Education Division of Adult and Career Education and Workforce Florida to address a growing need to supply manufacturers and high technology industries with qualified, highly skilled workers in the foreseeable future. The ET Core coupled with a second-year degree specialization prepares students for many jobs in manufacturing and other high-technology industries.

For more information on the ET degree, contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at For information on Science Nation visit and

Article written by: Brandon Campus Staff