Erie Community College accepted a $20,000 education grant for its Mechatronics
Certificate Program from the California-based Gene Haas Foundation when
representatives from both entities gathered within the College’s monthly board
meeting at City Campus on Thursday, June 29.
robotics and advanced manufacturing are now vital parts of our growing Western
New York economy,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We need to be able to
recruit and train students in these fields, all while promoting the benefits of
our one-year certificate program in this concentration. This generous grant
from the Gene Haas Foundation will certainly help us do that.”
grant—secured as part of education-based funding from Haas—will eventually
enable ECC to award nationally recognized FANUC robotics certification to its
instructors, as well as assist promotion, training, enrollment, and
scholarships within the College’s new Mechatronics career tract.
goal of the one-year certificate program is to prepare students for employment
as production technicians in manufacturing locations throughout the
Buffalo-Niagara region. It is a two-semester program comprising of 32 credit
hours of training and development in electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic
motors, controls, and actuators; mechanical drives and controls; blueprint and
schematic interpretation; robotics; and other competencies necessary for
employment in the field of advanced manufacturing. This certificate program
also leads to additional pathways for achieving two- and four-year degrees in mechanical
engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial technology.
Gene Haas Foundation—in conjunction with Haas Automation, Inc.—formed in 1999
to aid the employment training needs of local communities. As America’s leading
builder of CNC machine tools, Haas Automation, Inc. is committed to the
proliferation of manufacturing training and education in the U.S., and bridging
a skills gap that threatens to leave up to two million American manufacturing
jobs unfilled in the coming years. To date, more than 4000 charitable (501 C 3)
organizations and schools have received funds totaling over 50 million dollars
from the Gene Haas Foundation.
additional questions about ECC’s Mechatronics Program, visit ecc.edu or contact
Project Director James Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 270-4684.
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.