Source: Oak Ridge Today | Submitted | August 26, 2019

Roane State mechatronics program director Gordon Williams, right, works with students at the college’s Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility. The mechatronics program prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing. For more information, visit roanestate.edu/mechatronics or contact Williams at (865) 354-3000, ext. 4899, or williamsg1@roanestate.edu. (Photo by Roane State)

Roane State Community College has been awarded a three-year grant to make sure the community college’s mechatronics students have a well-rounded technical education to benefit themselves and their future employers.

The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education grant is for $299,793. It runs through June 30, 2022.

“A great team got this project off the ground and will keep it moving forward to benefit students,” said Shelley Esquivel, the community college’s grants specialist who submitted the proposal to NSF.

The “Co-Req Mech” project will improve the preparation and increase the program completion of students in the mechatronics program to meet industry needs by integrating assignments and activities in general education courses that directly relate to the concepts taught in the mechatronics program.