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Technological Education Awards Announced

The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Regional Center for Advanced Technical Education located on the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College, recently presented three awards at the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Sixth Annual Summit. The FLATE awards recognize contributions made by industry leaders and educators in training and educating a technology workforce in Florida.

Recipients of the awards are:

  • Industry Distinguished Service Award – Mike Ennis, a manufacturing engineer with the Harris Corporation and adjunct professor at Brevard Community College. Ennis teaches applied mechanics in the Harris-BCC associate of science degree in engineering technology.
  • Manufacturing Secondary Educator of the Year – Jim Mathews, an engineering technology teacher at Sarasota High School. Mathews has more than 25 years of manufacturing and technology experience as an engineer, strategist and manager of technology businesses.
  • Manufacturing Postsecondary Educator of the Year – Norm Brahs, head machining instructor at Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek. Brahs has been an energetic and enthusiastic leader in the Florida First Robotics competitions and works closely with Sarasota High School in creating an apprentice program.

For more information about the FLATE awards, visit (PDF).