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Info Sessions /Programs

Welcome to the FL TRADE Manufacturing website!

Daytona State College

Manufacturing Fast-Track Program can help you start building a technical career that offers good pay and growth opportunities.

Group 4 – Machining:

Certified Production Technician (CPT): July 7 – July 21, Mon-Friday, 8am – 3:30pm

CNC Operator Level I: July 28 – August 27, Mon-Fri, 8am – 3pm
Thursday, April 24, 5-7 p.m. - Open House,
New Smyrna Beach - Edgewater Campus
Tuesday, April 29, 5-7 p.m. - Open House, Flagler/Palm Coast Campus
Thursday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m. - Open House,
News-Journal Center, Daytona Beach
RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW! Don’t miss out!
For more information contact Dean Howe, 386.506.3379 or Randy White, 386.506.3317 for more information!

Pasco-Hernando State College is offering:
Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program.

Starting March 5th,  Wednesday and Friday evenings.  

For more information: email:

West Campus,

10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, 34654

St. Petersburg College

Information Sessions:


Tuesday,4/22/2014, 5pm, DT Campus, Room DC-124


Thursday,4/24/2014, 5pm, MT Campus, Room MT-108


Tuesday,4/29/2014, 5pm, CLW Campus, Room ES-105

Thursday, May 15th – DT, DC 124

Tuesday, May 20th – MT, MT 108

Tuesday, May 27th – CLW, ES105

Tuesday, June 17th– DT, DC 124

Thursday, June 19th – MT, MT 108

Tuesday, June 24th – CLW, ES 105


To register please click link below:

19 Women from Florida to Receive Women in Manufacturing STEP Award

Hillsborough Community College

Information session:

 Check back for future dates

HCC -Brandon Campus, BSSB 218

10414 E. Columbus Drive

Tampa, Florida 33619


For more information, please visit or email 

In 2012, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership. The STEP Ahead initiative will not only celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding current leadership in manufacturing again with our annual Awards Dinner, but also to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Women in Manufacturing: Manufacturing STEP Awards

View Award Video here:


What Manufacturing Means to America

Broward College

Broward College/Florida TRADE held an Engineering, Technology& Manufacturing Career Fair on March 25, 2014 We had 10 Employers present along with 75 attendees. 

Pasco-Hernando State College

PHSC AND CAREER SOURCE have partnered with PASCO AND Hernando manufacturers hire skilled workers and to
address the gap in skilled labor in the manufacturing industry of Florida.

Veterans in Manufacturing

This is an all-too-familiar story: a young man or woman enlists in the U.S. military, completes their service — whatever that might be — and then finds themselves in a difficult period of transitioning

back into civilian life...

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Broward College

Hoerbiger provided Broward faculty and staff with an overview and plant tour on April 9, 2014.

Robin Swanson, Broward College Florida TRADE Program Manager Ellafe Cockroft, Broward College Instructor Mark Ellis, Hoerbiger Plant Production Manager 

St. Petersburg College

The partnership between LumaStream and Florida TRADE at St. Petersburg College provides short-term training in advanced manufacturing that leads to national certifications, paid internships, and employment. This video shows the combination of classroom and hands-on training in CNC operations.

Tallahassee Community College 
hosted a Part-Time Job Fair April 16th. They had approximately 457 in attendance, with 211 visiting the FL TRADE table with questions about short-term training programs and credentials into an internship (part-time) position.

Florida TRADE on Facebook

Florida TRADE on Facebook