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TechHire Federal Grant for $1 million for Mechatronics Student Support and Training


Alamance Community College has been awarded nearly $1 Million dollars in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a strategic workforce development initiative involving three other N.C. community colleges.


Of the nearly $1.6 million in grants awarded ACC in recent months – a record amount – this most recent grant is the largest in the College’s history.


This federal grant totals $4 million and will be split among Alamance Community College, Halifax Community College, Vance-Granville Community College and James Sprunt Community College. That consortium of colleges – the TechHire Alliance – will use the funding for workforce development unique to their individual community needs.


For ACC that means providing wrap-around support for 25 students each year over a four-year period enrolled in ACC’s newest curriculum program: Mechatronics Engineering Technology. In addition to administrative support costs, the grant will underwrite tuition, books, fees, transportation and possibly child care expenses for those Mechatronics students.


Mechatronics – the intersection of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology – is among the fastest growing fields in advanced manufacturing.


In its grant application, the college noted that eight of more than 200 manufacturing businesses in Alamance County projected a need to fill 200 mechatronics positions in the next three to five years. According to Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. (EMSI), advanced manufacturing is one of the top three industries in Alamance County.



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