All states engaged in the CCTE project were asked to invite one expert to participate in the series of workshops for each career cluster. I was invited by the FLDOE to participate in the review of the standards for the manufacturing cluster. The process has been educational and enlightening.
The process started with a lengthy orientation webinar for all participants in all clusters. Next, each cluster working group was asked to review the draft standards commenting on both the content and cognitive level of each standard. We also had the opportunity to submit comments or suggestions for rewriting. All the input for independent consultants consolidated each cluster and distributed to the members of the respective working groups. The manufacturing working group met online for a two-hour facilitated session to review the compiled comments and come to consensus for the final statements. Our working group included educators and industry representatives from across the country. We had very lively focused discussions about many of the new manufacturing standard statements. Together we worked through nearly 50 statements, focusing on making the intent and importance of each item clear, concise, meaningful and measureable.
The manufacturing cluster defines a set of anchor core common standards. Six manufacturing career pathways under the anchor standards have a number of standards of their own. The career pathways that have been defined in the manufacturing cluster are:
- Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance
- Logistics and Inventory Control
- Maintenance, Installation and Repair
- Manufacturing Product Process Development
- Quality Assurance
Finally, please check out what is new on our websites. On our FLATE wiki (www.flate.pbwiki.com) we have added a section for FLATE presentations. Posted here are talks at national conference, webinars and professional development workshops, including the orientation presentation for the student trip to Spain revealing some of what the students will be experience next month. On FLATE’s website, we have added a page highlighting the current NSF funded ATE projects in Florida. Go to the FLATE home page; select the PROJECTS menu; and then ATE Centers. The first link on the left takes you to www.fl-ate.org/projects/ate.html.
Our FLATE Focus this month reports on FLATE's line-up of robotics and energy camp offerings this summer, and about FLATE’s exciting international technician program to Spain later this month. In this issue also we also bring you the last and final piece of the NSF’s role in redefining technician education in Florida, and outline highlights from the upcoming industry day tours planned for high school students in the greater Tampa Bay area. We can find these and much more in the May edition of the FLATE Focus.