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Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast
Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology (AART)

Ivy Tech Community College is a statewide, open-access, community college that provides residents of Indiana affordable, quality educational programs. Ivy Tech’s Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology (AART) program, as designed, is profoundly strengthening Indiana’s manufacturing economy. The primary mission of the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology (AART) program is to provide hands-on education and training on automation and robotics so that the manufacturing industry will have high quality talent for installing, maintaining, and improving upon manufacturing equipment and processes in today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing industries.

The program has incorporated several nationally recognized certifications from MSSC, SIEMENS, OSHA, FANUC and ATMAE to validate an individual’s ability to perform the requirements of a technician in a high-technology industry. The curriculum for the program was drafted with strong industry input and provides students with three stackable credentials. The Mechatronics Certificate requires 27 credits and flows seamlessly into the 34 credit hour Technical Certificate. The Associate of Applied Science degree at 75 credits provides students with an in-depth knowledge of robotics, PLC’s, and advanced complex control systems. Full time students take advantage of the program’s block scheduling of all their classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s which allows them to participate in industry-provided, paid internships on Thursday’s and Fridays to perfect their skills. Many of the companies now pay students the same rate to set in class. The program is amendable to part-time students as well.

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Hillsborough Community College, FL
Central Florida Regional Transportation Training Hub

The Ybor City Campus Workforce Training Center is one of the College’s best kept secrets. Home to the newly instituted Central Florida Regional Transportation Training Hub, it houses career training programs in the transportation and public service industry fields, including Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Service Technology, Welding, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, and is the future home of HCC’s Diesel Engine Technology, Alternative Fuels Technology, Automated People Mover / Light Rail Technology and Aviation Maintenance programs. In all, over 1,000 students each year train using high-tech simulators, hands-on training, and computerized instruction in this facility.

In 2011, Hillsborough Community College received a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its Workforce Training Center. The purpose of the grant was to increase the enrollment capacity of the automotive training programs for an underserved population in East Tampa, Florida. Due to the success of the first grant, the HCC Workforce Training Center received a second $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in October, 2013.

The results of the implementation of the second grant were striking. The racial/ethnic diversity of the student population improved markedly from Cohort I to Cohort III to more closely mirror the demographics in the Tampa Bay area. Completion rates for women improved from 25% for Cohort I to 80% for Cohort II and 100% for Cohort III. Whereas female students were leaving the program in Cohort I, that was no longer evident in Cohort III. Key factors in student success over the course of the grant fell into three academic support services categories: connection to Wrap-Around Services on campus and in the wider Tampa Bay community, incorporation of Adult Basic and Employability Skills training into the curriculum, and heightened implementation of student access to Study Skills, Adult Life Skills and Disabilities Accommodations.

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