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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Florida College System Tops Manufacturing List

- Florida leads nation with Manufacturing Institute recognition -

Tallahassee, Fla., May 29, 2013 - The Manufacturing Institute announced the charter members of a list recognizing schools for excellence in manufacturing education. Eleven Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the "M-list," making Florida the national leader with the most schools on the list.

"I am very proud the Manufacturing Institute recognized 11 Florida colleges for incorporating industry standards into manufacturing education and job training," said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. "The Florida College System's strong connection to the manufacturing community ensures our students are receiving the highest quality education that will prepare them for good jobs."

The manufacturing field - which includes professions like welders, machinists, and transportation, distribution and logistics workers - requires a highly skilled workforce. The Manufacturing Institute created the "M-list" to recognize high schools, community colleges, technical centers and universities that organize coursework around industry standards. The list also recognizes schools for ensuring students earn credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.

The 11 FCS institutions below are charter members of the Manufacturing Institute's "M-list."

  • Brevard Community College
  • Broward College
  • College of Central Florida
  • Florida Gateway College
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Pensacola State College
  • Polk State College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Tallahassee Community College

"The Florida College System is getting students ready to compete and excel in the workforce," said Nancy Stephens, executive director of Florida Manufacturers Association. "Florida is poised to be the number one manufacturing state in the nation and the FCS will play an important role in filling our need for talent in high-tech, high-wage advanced manufacturing jobs."