Given Rutledge’s stance to “base future career academies on the regional targeted occupational list” plans are in progress to partner with SMART--the National Science Foundation Southeast Maritime Transportation Center in Virigina--to offer summer camps for students. Rutledge is also interested in establishing articulation agreements with local colleges, expanding its partnership with local manufacturers like BAE, regional manufacturers like First Coast Manufacturers Association, and organizations like FLATE and SMART to promote the success of its program. He views FLATE as a marketing tool in getting the word out to adults, students and industry about various local and regional high-tech opportunities. “Peterson is a model in the region. What FLATE does is the heartbeat and the core of what we’re trying to accomplish” Rutledge said.
For information on Peterson’s new manufacturing academy contact Charlie Rutledge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.duvalschools.org/fhp/Academies.html. For information on FLATE and it’s state-of-the-art Made in Florida industry tours contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at email@example.com, or visit http://www.madeinflorida.org/ and http://www.fl-ate.org/.