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FLATE Adds New Executive Director

By Doug Wise posted 01-13-2022 04:26 PM

Ernie Friend, Executive Director, FLATEThe FloridaMakes Network would like to welcome Ernie Friend as the new Executive Director of the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)! FLATE is a part of the FloridaMakes Network, providing manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida’s manufacturing sectors. 

Ernie comes to FLATE after 25 years at Florida State College at Jacksonville serving various administrative roles over IT, Manufacturing, and other related technology associate degree programs. Dr. Marilyn Barger, previous Executive Director for 18 years, will continue to serve FLATE as Senior Education Consultant. 

Click here to read an article from Marilyn about her new role and Ernie's addition to the FLATE and FloridaMakes Network team.

Welcome Ernie!