The Activity Based Total Accountability (ABTA) Institute’s purpose is to provide more transparency in state spending. A state government accountability and transparency report card was just published resulting in a letter grade for each of the fifty states based on the degree of transparency and usability of the Web sites evaluated. The ABTA Web site also provides training videos on the ABTA method which supports a common platform for taxpayers and lawmakers to measure costs within and between states.
ICCM was contracted to provide services for three task areas. The first task was to develop a database of culture-and-region-specific subject matter experts to inform the development of cross-cultural competence products and tools. Second, we evaluated the effect of cultural values on team functioning. Finally, we developed 72 culture-specific white papers presenting cultural information focused on the following areas: social relations, family, gender, religion, social etiquette, communication etiquette, key phrases/gestures, and keys to cross cultural rapport building.
The term cross-cultural competence (3C) has been used to describe the ability to successfully work in multicultural settings. Cross-cultural competence has attracted increasing attention from business and the military. ICCM was contracted to assist the military in gaining a better understanding of cross-cultural competence and how they can train and assess service members to be more culturally competent. Our researchers developed a cross-cultural source material database, examined and critiqued existing measures of cross-cultural competence and developed a new dynamic measure of 3C.
Florida Tech has signed a subcontract for $520,000 on a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the Florida MEP. We will recruit for the TechPoint® software training program and place 50 engineer trainees into manufacturing positions. The effort will continue over three years through the continuing education department. We will partner with Time Wise Management Systems on this comprehensive program, which will be available in all 23 counties in Florida’s high tech corridor. This program is funded in part by a U.S. Department of Labor grant of $4,941,552.
The Student Business Incubator is a living, breathing center for new venture creation. It combines curriculum, facilities and expertise in one exciting location. Students from all majors across campus enroll in a semester long fully immersive Lean LaunchPad program. This business launching “bootcamp” pushes students to speak to customers, vendors and strategic partners as they gather resources, develop business models and launch their businesses. Together with advisory services, resources and access to capital, the incubator is successfully changing entrepreneurship education.
The Women's Business Center (WBC) at Florida Tech’s mission is to provide women with opportunities, tools and connections to advance their global influence for success. The WBC at Florida Tech provides women entrepreneurs, inclusive of those who are economically and socially disadvantaged, a range of resources to promote business startup, sustainability and growth. The WBC and its community partners work together on providing a wide range of services throughout the region to accommodate women from all walks of life.