New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Two Year College Division
Especially in rural locales like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, students and employers alike can struggle in their search to find STEM-based educational opportunities and the qualified graduates that result from them. Thanks to an innovative partnership between Bay de Noc Community College and Michigan Technological University, however, students are being provided with new opportunities to receive a quality education in the fields of mechatronics and robotics. By co-developing robotics curriculum and partnering on a number of grant applications to procure equipment, Bay de Noc Community College (commonly known as Bay College) and Michigan Tech have created a replicable student pathway that can result in a certificate in mechatronics, an associate’s degree in mechatronics and robotic systems, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology.
This pathway could not come at a better time, as the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) projects 1.9 to 3.5 million jobs related to robotics will be created in the next eight years. In order to help meet this employer demand, Bay College and Michigan Tech have developed state-of-the-art training labs featuring FANUC robots and articulation agreements between the institutions that will allow students to begin pursuing a high-tech education and career as early as high school. Furthermore, stand-alone programs are being developed to train and certify students from other institutions, industry representatives, and other educators; a new robotic simulation software known as “RobotRun” is being developed to aid in instruction; and a variety of workshops aimed at K-12 teachers and students, industry personnel, and other postsecondary educators will be offered. Resources and best practices that have resulted from this partnership will be shared widely in order to help others around the country replicate this innovative pathway that provides students with a quality education and employers with STEM graduates who are ready for the workforce.
Kinney, M. B., & Sergeyev, A., & Kuhl, S. A., & Highum, M. N. (2016, June), Creating Pathways to Stackable Credentials in Robotics: Meeting Industry Needs by Manufacturing a Community College and University Partnership Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26605
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