Source: The Oak Ridger | Bob Fowler, special to the Oak Ridger | July 10, 2021
He’s been interested in engineering since he was a kid, Cory Schwarze said, and Roane State Community College’s new mechatronics program on the community college’s Roane County campus has been perfect for him.
Schwarze, 18, was part of the inaugural Middle College mechatronics class at the flagship campus and just wrapped up his first year. He graduated from Roane County High School this year and will be returning to Roane State’s mechatronics program next academic year.
That’s a bit different from Roane State’s traditional Middle College academic route, where high school students take college classes in the afternoons as high school juniors and seniors, and receive a high school diploma at the same time they obtain an associate’s degree from the community college.