Florida Tech has signed a subcontract for $520,000 on a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The university will recruit for the TechPoint® software training program and then place 50 engineer trainees into manufacturing positions.The effort will continue over three years through the continuing education department.
The university will partner with Time Wise Management Systems (TWMS) on this comprehensive program, which will be available in all 23 counties located across Florida’s high tech corridor. TWMS has six high-tech mobile classrooms, each complete with computer stations, instructional equipment and manufacturing machines. Trainees will not only be modeling parts in the virtual TechPoint® environment, but then will also run the part on the turning and milling machines aboard the vehicles.
The Continuing Education principal investigator Cindy Schmitt is highly experienced in high tech industry and is currently a Ph.D. student in human centered design with a focus in distributed and mobile learning.
“Florida Tech has the experience to manage this program and TWMS is well-placed to deliver the services,” said Schmitt.