Education & Workforce Development Committee

Chair Lindsey Spalding


The National Center for Simulation Education and Workforce Committee meetings are open to the public and are held only twice throughout the year in the Spring and Fall to plan, coordinate, execute and share events happening around Central Florida in the area of Modeling and Simulation STEM activities. At this meeting you will find educators, STEM advocates, students, MS&T companies representatives, media, representatives from surrounding school districts, K-12 teachers, as well as university professors, and students engaged in STEM activities. If you are interested in joining contact us.


On December 2, 2019 at the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Mr. Hank Okraski gave a National Center for Simulation update on the Education and Workforce Committee. Present was 60 plus teachers and educators from surrounding counties. Below is the downloadable presentation.


ATTENDEES: Stephen (Trey) Atwood (OTC MFC), Ron Burton (Troops to Teachers), George Cheros (NCS), Jonathan Curras (OTC-MFC), Dr. Dennis Duke (FIT), Jill Fierle (SCPS), Dr. Neal Finkelstein (NCS), Laura Frank (Lockheed Martin), Jon Frankos (Timber Creek HS), Dr. Bill Gaught (SSC), Steve Gordon (GaTech University), Mark Gorrell (SDOC), Paula Hagan (SCPS), Brandon Hanshaw (Crooms AOIT), Jonah Hardy (Hagerty HS), Dr. Cap Jadonath (OCPS), Jessica Johnson (ODU/VMASC), Deepika Kannan (SCPS-Coder Chicks), Dan Ketchen (TAP), Dr. Mike Macedonia (UCF), Hank Okraski (NCS), Emily Sherkow (Navy NAWCTSD), Abdul Siddiqui (Army PEO-STRI), Andy Smith (Halldale Publications), Lindsey Spalding (NCS), Lynn Vander-Zyl (Osceola CPS), Dr. Fuzzy Wells (UCF-IST).


NCS Announces 2022 Class for Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame

Posted on June 17, 2022 in Uncategorized,

NCS Announces 2022 Class for Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame  The National Center for Simulation (NCS) announced it will induct two new members — Dr. Winston “Wink” Bennett and Dr. James (Jim) Wall — to the NCS Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Hall of Fame. The ceremony is Oct. 24, 2022, at the Orange County Convention Center, South Concourse – the home of the NCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame where inductees are on permanent display.“Both Dr. Bennett and Dr. Wall have demonstrated a life-long commitment to the modeling and simulation community,” said George Cheros, NCS CEO and president. […]

NCS and AEgis Technologies Conduct Teacher Training in Modeling and Simulation (M&S)

Posted on June 14, 2017 in General News,

On 6-8 June 2017, NCS and AEgis Technologies conducted a training course/ workshop: “Teaching the Teacher, an Introduction to Modeling & Simulation”. The program agenda is provided in Appendix A, along with available presentations. Thirty-six teachers from Orange, Seminole and Hillsborough Counties attended the event held at two venues, AEgis Technologies and Paul J. Hagerty High School in Seminole County. The objectives of the training were as follows: To familiarize Teachers with the broad and expanding use of M&S To familiarize Teachers with the power of M&S To acquaint Teachers with the M&S Training Course on NCS website To acquaint […]

NCS Education and Workforce Development Committee Minutes – September 23, 2015

Posted on October 21, 2015 in General News,

MEETING MINUTES23 September 2015 Members Present: Angela Alban (Simetri/NCS),  Prita Anhabra (CBCCFL), Dr. Mike Armbruster (OCPS), Suzanne Bliss (University HS), CarolAnn Dykes (UCF), Lyn Higgins (SCPS), Mike Kalaf (Synaptic Sparks), Keara Jones (P.E.C.), Scott Kidd, Fay Leuzzi-Martin (Florida Robotics), Alan Lynch (OCPS), Danielle McNeely (NAWCTSD), Dr. Kristy Murray (Summit Strategic Consulting), N.Y. Nathiri (PEC), Jorge Nieves (Herzing Edu), Hank Okraski (NCS), Jeff Pridmore (STEM Alliance),Abdul Siddiqui (PEOSTRI), Sunny Simmonds (NAWCTSD), Eileen Smith (UCF), Lindsey Spalding (SCPS), Carol Tingley (OCPS), Paul Wahnish (SCPS), Jesse Walker (SCPS), Lanny Wood (PLTW), Deb Yeagle (Plan- to- Win) NCS Education and Workforce Development Committee Minutes […]

Support WUCF as they Support STEM

Posted on October 29, 2014 in General News,

WUCF has a database of nearly 4,000 STEM resources for grades K-12.  Check out the attached flyer!

Orlando Tech Students…

Posted on December 9, 2013 in General News,

Orlando Tech students Paul Kuang and Jay Yohn explain some of the animations projects at the NCS/Orlando Tech booth at I/ITSEC 2013. Their mentor/teacher is Mr. Phil Tillery who is now at Orlando Tech after spending several years at Timber Creek High School in Orlando where he taught animation, gaming and simulation. Mr. Tillery was a member of the Task Force to develop the Florida High School Curriculum in Modeling and Simulation. This year, and following years, NCS will feature in our booth a high school or middle school that has programs in M&S.

NCS and NDIA Conduct STEM/M&S Seminar for High School Teachers and Educators

Posted on October 2, 2013 in General News,

NCS and NDIA (Central Florida Chapter) conducted a seminar for approximately 45 of Florida’s high school teachers and educators. The seminar took place on 25-26 September at the Lockheed Martin facility at Global Innovation Circle, Orlando, Florida. The objectives of the seminar were as follows: To familiarize high school teachers with STEM/M&S skill set requirements for the M&S Industry To show connectivity with the four year high school M&S Curriculum available on the NCS website To describe career opportunities in the M&S Industry To answer questions teachers may have regarding student preparation for STEM/M&S careers   Guiding the seminar were […]

Daytona State College – Henry C. Okraski Scholarship – Thank You Letters

Posted on July 3, 2013 in General News,

Thomas Richard Betty Dana Thomas Edward Howard Cahill