Mechatronics program info sessions set at RSCC’s Roane campus March 20

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Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s new high-tech mechatronics program is invited to information sessions on Wednesday, March 20 at the college’s Roane County campus in Harriman.

The information sessions will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. in room O-106 in the O’Brien Humanities Building. Visitors only need to attend one of the sessions.

Mechatronics includes instruction in electronics, mechanics, computer science, robotics and process control.

The new one-year program will train students to become technicians who operate, maintain and repair high-tech automated manufacturing systems.

The program is based in Clinton, and classes are held in the evenings.

The program prepares students for jobs as robotics technicians, controls technicians, engineering technicians and other occupations related to repairing and maintaining high-tech industrial equipment.

Anyone interested in the program may also contact Nick Forrester at (865) 481-5424 or forresternw@roanestate.edu.

The mechatronics program was developed with funding from a $19.7 million grant awarded to the National STEM Consortium and 10 community colleges in nine states under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Act grant program.

The goal of the grant was to develop certificate-level programs in science, technology, engineering and math that could be implemented nationwide to meet critical labor market needs.

Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland leads the National STEM Consortium.