SUMTER, SC — Central Carolina Technical College, along with the Sumter School District, held a meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the AMTTC to provide information to faculty, students and parents regarding CCTC’s STEM 10 program. This program allows high school students to take dual enrolled courses at CCTC and graduate with a Mechatronics Fundamentals Technician Certificate. Students can continue on to earn a Basic Mechatronics Technology Certificate and/or an Advanced Mechatronics Technology Certificate from CCTC. The program provides an introduction to basic safety, 10-hour OSHA instruction, first aid/CPR, construction, math, hand tools, power tools, blueprints, basic communication skills and basic employability skills. Also integrated into the curriculum are industrial cover wiring, contactors and relays, precision measuring tools, basic machining, basic hydraulic systems and basic pneumatic systems.

The demand for technicians with proficiency and education in mechatronics has grown in the last few years and there are many local employment opportunities. Representatives from BD and Continental Tire spoke about the employment possibilities and benefits that students can receive from taking advantage of this program. STEM 10 started in 2015 and is offered to sophomore, junior and senior students in the three high schools within the Sumter School District.

For more information regarding STEM 10, contact Dr. Shirrie Miller, Principal, Sumter Career and Technology Center, 803-481-8575, shirrie.miller@sumterschools.net or Brent Russell, Dean, Industrial & Engineering Technology, Central Carolina Technical College 803-778-6689, russellrb@cctech.edu.

Academic Program Manager, Bert Hancock, gives a tour of the Mechatronics labs and classrooms to prospective students interested in the program.