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The Florida TRADE Consortium is a group of 12 state and community colleges located throughout he state of Florida. In September of 2012, the Consortium was awarded a $15 million dollar US Department of Labor TAACCCT grant to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs that would lead to entry level jobs in manufacturing. This project will come to an end in September 2016.

The program targeted displaced workers who lost their jobs due to foreign trade, unemployed workers, incumbent workers looking to upgrade their skills or learn new skills, students and returning veterans who were looking to transition back into the workforce.

The Florida TRADE program was designed to deliver accelerated training that could be completed in 3-6 months (depending on the program) and that lead to internships and jobs in manufacturing.

As participants completed various components of the program, they were provided with the skills and opportunities to achieve nationally recognized industry certifications that would also transfer into free college credits toward an Associate of Science degree.

Please contact the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at (850) 201-9720 or e-mail for more information.

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 Course Description

The Advanced Manufacturing programs and courses listed prepared students for attaining an industry credential, which make students highly competitive for jobs in the manufacturing career field. Currently, no additional training is being offered through this grant. However, these training programs are being as either Post Secondary Adult Vocation (PSAV), or open enrollment Continuing Workforce Education (CWE). Please contact the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at (850) 201-9720 or email for more information.

Machine Operator:  Students learned the safe and precise operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathe and mill.  This program prepared students for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) CNC Lathe Operator and CNC Mill Operator credential assessments.  At the completion of this program and attaining the industry credential, students are highly competitive for jobs requiring machine operators or in associated manufacturing, assembly or machine maintenance areas.  1,500 contact hours.   
Surface Mount Technology (SMT):  Students learned the skills for printed circuit board (PCB) surface mount production and the key elements of SMT activities in a manufacturing environment.  Successful progress in this course would award students an IPC J-Standard Solder and Surface Mount module certification.  At the completion of this course students are highly competitive for a position as a solder technician or an electronic assembler.  48 contact hours.
Certified Production Technician (CPT):  Students gained the technical knowledge set applicable to entry-level through front-line supervisor jobs in the manufacturing industry.  This course prepared students for the four assessments required by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC): Production & Processes, Maintenance Awareness, Quality Assurance and Safety Awareness.  Successful completion of the CPT credential would articulate up to 15 semester credit hours for Engineering Technology programs. After successfully attaining the credential, students are highly competitive for jobs in manufacturing and assembly in a broad range of products and sectors. 80 contact hours.
Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA):  Students learned the three major elements from the America Society for Quality (ASQ) quality improvement and decision making process: Quality Basics, Teams and Continuous Improvement. Students would learn to project an employer’s quality focused image while performing routine job activities. This credential is ideal for existing workers who serve as front line employees that interact directly with customers, such as customer service representatives and administrative assistants. 36 contact hours. Bronze Level Lean:  Students acquired the body of knowledge for Lean Principles as developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Continuous process improvement practices and developing a consistent lean culture were two of the key areas studied. This course prepared students to sit for the Bronze Level Lean body of knowledge certification exam. At the completion of this course and attaining the knowledge certificate students are prepared for positions involving continuous improvement and eliminating waste in a process-driven operation. 36 contact hours.
Introduction to Electronic Technology:  Students gained an overview of electronics and principles upon which modern electronic devices (passive and active) operate, including electricity and magnetism, and electronic circuits.  Successful completion of this course would prepare students for the Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC) individual exams from the International Society for Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET)-Electronics Systems Associate program.  Attaining the individual certificates assisted students in being highly competitive for jobs in electronic assembly and associated manufacturing, and equipment maintenance areas.  44 contact hours.
Applied Welding Technology:  Students achieved the skills to enter employment in the welding industry or continue their education.   Students learned shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored and gas tungsten arc welding. The program curriculum from National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) also correlated to the American Welding Society (AWS) standards and guidelines for a Certified Welder.  The successful completion of the program and assessments can provide a student an OSHA 10 hour 1926 Safety card, NCCER Core, NCCER Welding and AWS Certified Welder credentials.  At the completion of this program and attaining the industry credential, students will be highly competitive for a stick rod welder, heli-arc welder or mig welder position in the construction and manufacturing sectors.  This course does qualify for federal financial aid.  5-semester, 1050 contact hours.

The Florida TRADE program is a critical program at TCC and provided quality training to local residents
to prepare them for a variety of manufacturing jobs in the region and the Drive to a 1000 is the final piece of the puzzle,” said Kim Moore, TCC vice president for workforce development. 

For information about the Florida TRADE program at TCC, contact the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC) at (850) 201-9720 or

For more information about the Drive to a 1000 click here.

 Career Pathways and Credentials

Contact Information

For more information contact the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center by phone (850) 201-9720, fax (850) 201-9716 or e-mail

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