When I spoke to the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) a few weeks ago, I met some executives from SAMA–the Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers Association. Like MAF and other associations in Florida, they are gearing up to make sure the Sunshine State has the kind of workforce that will attract new investment and help keep current manufacturers in the state.
One of their intersting programs is the Banner Center. SAMA and other Florida associations partnered with a group of community colleges and the Florida Advanced Technologial Education Center (FL-ATE)–funded by the National Science Foundation–to set up this excellent program. It is designing a curriculum and certifications for manufacturing employees. It’s still in the works and the SAMA newsletter discusses it and other initiatives Floridians have under way that focus on the manufacturing workforce. Take a look at SAMA’s report by clicking on this link to it.
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