Warren County High School has received a big financial boost for its Mechatronics program thanks to a Carl Perkins Reserve grant for $300,000.
Director of Schools Bobby Cox said, “Next year we can improve on the Mechatronics program. It looks like we can fully outfit the Mechatronics lab at the high school just like the lab that is at Motlow with the money from this grant.”
WCHS executive principal Tony Cassel said, “The idea is that our high school students will experience the same training modules and training equipment that is located at Motlow College. That will give us upgrades in that lab. That is really going to move that program forward. We are already the only high school that offers the program now. To say our Mechatronics program will be the caliber of a state college will be outstanding.”
Mechatronics instruction provides students with the knowledge and hands-on training in electronics, mechanics and computers to work in a variety of industrial and manufacturing-related businesses.
Yorozu Automotive North American president Jack Phillips said in an earlier School Board meeting, “Mechatronics is a very valuable program. We feel like it prepares the kids for jobs in all types of industries, and particularly it fits real well with our industry. Also, it’s good for kids coming straight out of school who aren’t on the college path. For people who do want to go on to school to become engineers, it really helps them get a head start too.”
Cox said the high school also received a SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) grant in conjunction with Motlow State Community College that will affect 139 students helping them align more appropriately with college entrance and training. Cox said the grant will amount to approximately $15,000.