By the time she was in her twenties, Kerry Tebow was tired of dead-end waitressing jobs and being yo-yoed around. She wanted out of that lifestyle and she knew a degree would mean a better life for her son. So she hung up her apron and followed her passion to TCC’s hands-on mechatronics program.
Now, instead of working the cash register, Kerry troubleshoots robots and automated systems in the high-paying field of advanced manufacturing.
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Tidewater Community College's technician-level mechatronics pathway has set the stage for students to get a degree, and then get a job with community partners like Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Yupo Corporation, GeoQuip Manufacturing, Inc., Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Flowserve and STIHL Inc.
A mechatronics degree from TCC gives you the skills you need to develop and troubleshoot robotics, programmable controllers and integrated systems. In just two years, you can earn your associate's degree in mechatronics and be ready to pursue a dynamic, high-paying career in advanced manufacturing.
Learn more about your opportunities in mechatronics at tcc.edu.
TCC launched its "Z Degree" -- "z" for zero textbook cost -- to ease the pain of soaring textbook costs for college students. It partnered with Lumen Learning, a Portland, Ore.-based company that helps educational institutions integrate open educational resources (OER) into their curricula. OER are freely accessible, openly licensed materials helpful for teaching, learning, assessment and research. It is estimated that a TCC student who completes the degree through the textbook-free initiative might save one-third on the cost of college.
The Southeast Maritime and Transportation (SMART) Center is the only National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (NSF ATE) Center in Virginia and is solely focused on increasing the number of well-qualified, skilled technicians in the maritime and transportation industry.
"The majority of today's workforce in shipbuilding and ship repair, one of the four main segments of the maritime and transportation industry, is nearing retirement age," explains SMART Center Executive Director and PI Barbara Murray. "That means that employers are looking for well-trained, knowledgeable workers with the technical skills required to build, repair, modernize, and maintain the ships that are so vital to our nation's economy and security."
These videos were funded by the National Science Foundation. This video does not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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