TAMPA — Hillsborough Community College received a $2.8 million grant over three years for its Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE).
The goal of the grant, provided by the National Science Foundation, is to boost the training and education in demand by the state's high-tech manufacturers, according to a news release.
FLATE will use the funding to continue expanding the engineering technology program at the community college and throughout the state.
“This grant presents us with the opportunity to continue collaborating with our partners like HCC, the Department of Education, and others to continue addressing the critical education, training and talent development needs for Florida's high-tech manufacturers,” Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE, says in the release.
Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 46 Advanced Technological Education Centers of Excellence funded by the National Science Foundation. The primary focus of the program is to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training and education to close the skills gap in the country's work force.