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Motlow State brings nationally recognized Mechatronics program to Fayetteville campus

Motlow mechatronics graduates presented a project on material science at the MTSU Engineering student awards Motlow State Community College mechatronics program graduates Dalton Bell, left, and Johnny Wannamaker, recently presented a project on material science at the Middle Tennessee State University Engineering student project display and awards ceremony. Several Motlow mechatronics graduates, such as Bell and Wannamaker, have moved on to MTSU to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Bell recently received the prestigious Donald and Frances McDonald Scholarship Award.

LYNCHBURG, TN (May 31, 2016) — Motlow State Community College is bringing its nationally recognized mechatronics program to the Fayetteville campus beginning with the fall 2016 semester. Local industry stands to benefit directly from this expansion.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring this program to Fayetteville," said Fred Rascoe, dean of career and technical programs at Motlow. "I am excited for Motlow, and for the local high schools and industries around Fayetteville that will benefit."

Rascoe has been talking and working with representatives of Fayetteville industry and high schools concerning the need for the mechatronics program. Motlow State realized that the mechatronics program was needed to aid in skills development for current and future employees of local industry.

Fayetteville is the home of many highly automated industries that can benefit from Motlow mechatronics graduates.

Mechatronics is a form of engineering that blends computer, electrical and mechanical technologies that together form a complex system used by many manufacturing, packaging, and other modern operations.

"The mechatronics program continues to be successful at the Smyrna, Bridgestone, and McMinnville campuses," Rascoe added, "The expansion to Fayetteville will add to the success of the program."

The program gives students an excellent technical education to have a career, not just a job. According to Rascoe, a very high number, in excess of 95 percent, of students find employment as a result of their education in mechatronics.

The mechatronics program at Motlow State began in 2010 with a basic four-course, 16-hour Level 1 certification. Soon after, Motlow began offering a second level of certification while partnering with the engineering company Siemens. The Level 2 certificate includes an A.A.S degree from Motlow. The Fayetteville program will be a Level 1 certification, followed shortly by Level 2.

In 2014 Motlow State and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) reached an articulation agreement that allows Motlow mechatronics students to transfer 63 total credit hours to MTSU in order to complete a four-year plan that consists of a total of 135 credit hours. Upon graduation from MTSU, students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, as well as a Level 3 certification in mechatronics.

Mechatronics is currently offered at Motlow's McMinnville and Smyrna campuses; at Bridgestone Americas, Inc., in LaVergne; and as a dual enrollment program at Warren County High School and Oakland High School.

A partnership with Bridgestone Americas allows Motlow mechatronics students to continue their education. This corporate partnership is further evidence of the innovativeness of this special program.

The program recently received a critical accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), a nationally recognized accrediting agency for technology programs within community colleges and universities.

The Motlow mechatronics program is a unique, one-of-a-kind program that is nationally recognized as a leader in mechatronics education. With the ability to transfer to MTSU, Motlow truly offers an opportunity unlike any other college in the United States.

For more information on the Motlow mechatronics program, contact Ingrid Williams at, or 931-393-1501.