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FCDI Hosts ARM Institute Visit in Tampa Bay

Jay Johnson, Director of Operations at EMS, speaks with Ryan Astor, of the ARM Institute during a plant tour.

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation , a member of the ARM Institute and developer of AMRoC, hosted a visit from the federally established institute, based at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburg, PA .  Ryan Astor, Regional Relationship Manager of ARM, was given a tour of EMS, where our centerpiece FIRST Robotics Competition field is being built and met with FCDI board members and The People of Manufacturing to learn more about our efforts in Tampa Bay.

FCDI board members examine new EMS built FIRST Robotics Competition field.

ARM Institute echoes our confidence in the power of real world , project based, mentor supported learning and pre-apprenticeship programs, and added their voice of expertise on the state of U.S. manufacturing right now (good!) and the need for skilled young talent to make it better. ARM’s goals are to build a world class knowledge center and staging facility that transitions innovation technology to production at all levels of manufacturing, but as much as possible to small and mid-sized manufacturers, like the hundreds we have here in the Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO of the ARM Institute speaking with a guest at the Synapse Innovation Summit March 28 – photo courtesy of James Reitz of The People of Manufacturing

It was a great week that gave FCDI an  opportunity to showcase the important work we’re doing in the areas in the manufacturing and tech education fields, and to start the conversation of building a more robust, full spectrum school to work, solutions oriented manufacturing support community across the Tampa Bay region and the southeast.

We look forward to providing empowering workforce skills for young people, and working with our program partners to help bridge the talent gap to 21st century manufacturing & industry right here in Tampa Bay.

You can read more about ARM Institute’s visit, which included a Regional Workshop and a panel discussion at the Synapse Innovation Summit,  in this FFCDI update.