Lake Mary High School, Lake Mary, Florida

Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Program of Emphasis
By: | January 6, 2019
District Name: Seminole County Public Schools
District State: Florida
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High-tech manufacturers in Seminole County and Seminole County Public Schools recognized they needed to address a manufacturing talent gap, particularly for positions that require credentials beyond a high school diploma.

Lake Mary High School’s multifaceted Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation curriculum covers drafting, building trades, construction design technology and manufacturing. Students learn about automation, production and mechatronics, and can earn nationally recognized industry certifications. They also participate in internships and apprenticeships.

Students select a program of emphasis that puts them on a career pathway. Students who register for a program, such as advanced manufacturing, also take classes required by the Florida Department Education.

Students in the program solve authentic problems, including those related to aerospace manufacturing. The program is also affiliated with the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware program, in which students manufacture space-flight components that must meet strict specifications. Students also have the opportunity to design, create and build 3D-printed models of the Mobile Launcher and other NASA spacecraft.

Students also participate in after-school robotics classes and competitions.

By graduation, students can earn several industry certifications, including computer numerical control machining from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

The district partners with Seminole State College, which supports career pathways by providing dual-enrollment college credit.

Since its launch, the program has led to a 100 percent pass rate on the NIMS certification test last year. Summer internships and business partnerships have also increased.