Apprenticeship OK’d for Southern students

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

April 10, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced a new agreement that offers an approved apprenticeship for students.

The agreement was signed with Unilin NA, LLC, Robert C. Byrd Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship. The program was planned to enhance the skill level of employees and offer education options to enhance their employment goals.

“Everyone knows the importance of designing and implementing multiple educational pathways for students and today there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to meet the needs of students or business,” said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “More of these partnerships will need to be created and developed to build the workforce that West Virginia and this region will need.”

Southern will provide Unilin employees an occupational development program with an emphasis on Mechatronics. Upon completion of the on-the-job training and educational requirements, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Development: Mechatronics may be obtained.

Mechatronics is a relatively new training opportunity. Mechatronics refers to an interdisciplinary field involving control systems, electronic systems, computers and mechanical systems that integrates product design and automated manufacturing processes. Because industrial applications are becoming more and more complex, industries need technicians with skills that cross a variety of disciplines.

“Our goal is to work closely together to ensure that students are constantly moving forward and attaining new knowledge and skills so that they are equipped to achieve their goals,” Tomblin said.