SWVCTC Offers New Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

Karissa Blackburn Civitas Media

April 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced a new agreement with Unilin NA LLC, Robert C. Byrd Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship that offers an approved apprenticeship for students.

The program plans to enhance the skill level of employees and offer education options to enhance their employment goals.

“Everyone knows the importance of designing and implementing multiple educational pathways for students, and today there are no one-size-fits all approaches to meet the needs of students or business,” said WV First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. “More of these partnerships will need to be created and developed to build the workforce that West Virginia and this region will need.”

Southern will provide Unilin employees an occupational development program with an emphasis on Mechatronics. Mechatronics is a relatively new training opportunity referring to an interdisciplinary field involving control systems, electronic systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrates product design and automated manufacturing processes.

Upon completion of the on the job training and educational requirements, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Development: Mechatronics may be obtained. This is good for both students and employers because industrial applications are becoming more and more complex and industries need technicians with skills that cross a variety of disciplines.

“Our goal is to work closely together to ensure that students are constantly moving forward and attaining new knowledge and skills so that they are equipped to achieve their goals,” added Tomblin.