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Ocala professionals honored for career awareness, technology education

OCALA, Fla. (June 30, 2017) – The Florida Advanced Technological Center of Excellence has recognized Ocala professionals Rob Adamiak and Husam “Sam” Ajlani for their strong support of manufacturing education and outreach.

Adamiak is the winner of FLATE’s Distinguished Partner Manufacturing Service Award and Ajlani has been named the 2017 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year. The two will be recognized July 18 during the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education Association’s annual conference in Orlando.

Adamiak is executive director of the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA) and is manufacturing program/training manager for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. Ajlani is associate professor of business, technology and workforce at the College of Central Florida and manages the college’s engineering technology and advanced manufacturing programs.

Now in its 10th year, the FLATE Awards recognize outstanding contributions to promote technology education and career awareness in support of manufacturing.  FLATE Award winners are selected from submitted nominations from around the state. They are judged by industry representatives that serve on FLATE’s Industry Advisory Committee.

“I am fortunate to have exceptional partners to work with in building a pipeline of new employees, as well as upgrading skills of current employees for the local manufacturing and logistics industries,” Adamiak said. “CareerSource CLM, the College of Central Florida, and the local public school systems all work with MRMA to provide support for these initiatives.”

Working with CareerSource CLM, those initiatives have included providing Computer Numeric Coding (CNC) virtual computer training software to CF, Marion Technical Institute, Marion Technical College and Withlacoochee Technical College. Another program focuses on enhancing career awareness and talent pipeline development through video promotions highlighting area manufacturers and secondary education career preparation programs.

Ajlani, FLATE’s Post-Secondary Educator of the Year, manages CF’s engineering technology – advanced manufacturing program which equips students with the automated technology skills to compete and succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing workplace.

James Maynard from Pine Ridge High School in Deltona was named the FLATE Secondary Educator of the Year.

For more information about the awards, contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, FLATE executive director, at [email protected]. For information about MRMA, contact Adamiak at 352-840-5764 or [email protected]. Learn more about CareerSource CLM’s career awareness talent pipeline program by calling 352-873-7955 or 800-746-9950. For information about CF’s engineering technology/advanced manufacturing program, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1471.


College of Central Florida

The College of Central Florida is the higher education hub for Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. The college offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, along with professional certificates in more than 70 academic pathways. Learn more at

Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association

The Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association, MRMA, is an advocate for manufacturing and logistics companies in Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter, and north Lake Counties in Florida. MRMA provides a means for manufacturing and logistics companies, suppliers, and educators to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and discuss opportunities to improve the business environment for the manufacturing and logistics industries in Central Florida. For more information, visit

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is the local, business-led nonprofit that connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career development opportunities. Last year, CareerSource CLM provided fee-free services to nearly 40,000 job seekers and more than 3,600 employers throughout the three-county area. CareerSource CLM operates four career centers. More information about CareerSource CLM can be found at Follow CareerSource CLM on FacebookTwitter, Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.

CareerSource CLM is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers may be reached using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or email [email protected] at least three business days in advance. CareerSource CLM is a proud partner of the American Jobs Center network and member of CareerSource Florida.

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