CSCC announces second class of Mechatronics Honors Institute participants
Cleveland State Community College recently named its second class of the Mechatronics Honors Institute (MHI).
The Mechatronics Honors Institute blends classroom instruction with on-site manufacturing experience at various industry partner sites. Classes such as Electrical Components, Mechanical Components & Electric Motors, Electro-Pneumatic and Hydraulic Control, and Digital Fundamentals and PLCs will be offered, among numerous other courses geared toward a career in the manufacturing industry.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn an associate degree in mechatronics technology. For those students interested in an engineering/STEAM path this will be an easy transition to Middle Tennessee State University or University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“This second group of MHI students has been exceptionally amazing to work with,” stated Marci Reiter, director of Mechatronics Honors Institute. “They are all hardworking students who came highly recommended by teachers, administrators, and employers alike. It says quite a bit about the talent and skills of these students when the industry partners can’t stop telling me how impressed they were throughout the interviewing process with these student’s professionalism and overall commitment to succeed so early in life.”
In order to be selected, candidates were asked to submit an application for the college, a separate application for the Mechatronics Honors Institute, as well as a 500+ word essay about his/her interest in the manufacturing/engineering field. These prospective students were selectively chosen and accepted based on academic success, ACT / SAT scores, written essay and commitment to work in a team and problem-solving environment.
Participating businesses and students assigned to those businesses include:
Jonathan Contreras (Coca-Cola)
Jonathan Contreras attended Cleveland High School.
“I chose to apply because I saw it as a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a career that is constantly growing and will be depended on for years to come,” Contreras said.
“I am extremely thankful for the companies that came in to interview us and gave us an opportunity to be selected for a spot in their facilities. I am very excited to take on this next chapter of my life.!”
He plans to continue his education at either MTSU or UTC after CSCC. He is the son of Jose and Maria Contreras of Charleston.
Christian Niehaus (E & E Manufacturing)
Christian Niehaus attended Walker Valley High School.
“I chose to apply to the MHI in order to gain a better knowledge of mechatronics and engineering, while working hands-on. I am really excited and truly honored that I was chosen for the MHI out of so many people, and I can’t wait to go to work and start learning,” he said.
After CSCC, Niehaus plans to attend UTC to complete his bachelor’s degree. He is the son of Doressa Wiseman Niehaus of Cleveland and Greg Niehaus of Ocala, Fla.
Axel Cortez (E &E Manufacturing)
Axel Cortez attended McMinn Central High School.
“I chose to apply to help me grow and improve my mechanical skills. I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity given to me and making the most of it.”
Axel is the son of Juan and Maria Cortez of Etowah.
Luke Wallace (Wacker)
Luke Wallace attended Walker Valley High School.
“I’m really looking forward to the internship with Wacker and the opportunities that come with it. I felt like this was a great way to get work experience in a manufacturing field early in my career,” Wallace said.
After CSCC, Wallace plans to continue his education at UTC. He is the son of Chris and Karen Wallace of Cleveland.
Samuel Ohlsson (Bayer)
Samual Ohlsson attended Cleveland High School.
“I’m looking forward to learning the skills necessary to be successful in the mechatronics industry, and this seemed like a great way to get hands-on experience from recognized industries,” he said.
After CSCC, Ohlsson plans to transfer to either UTC or UTK to continue his education. He is the son of James and Kelly Olsson of Cleveland.
Logan Smith (DENSO)
Logan Smith attended McMinn Central High School.
“I felt like the Mechatronics Honors Institute would be a great opportunity for me. I knew it would prepare me for a future in the manufacturing industry.”
Smith continued, “I am looking forward to the skills and knowledge that I will gain. I am also excited about putting the skills I learn to use in an industry setting…I feel very honored and blessed to be chosen for this opportunity. I am very excited to start next fall!”
Smith plans to transfer to UTC to pursue his bachelor’s degree in engineering after CSCC. He is the son of Chad and Krissi Smith of Athens.
Logan Hutcheson (DENSO)
Logan Hutcheson attended Copper Basin High School.
“I am looking forward to gaining the skills and knowledge I will need to succeed in the manufacturing field. I am thankful to have been chosen by DENSO for the MHI. This is an excellent opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to begin,” Hutcheson said.
He is the son of Robert and Shawna Hutcheson of Ducktown.
Will Richmond (Bayer)
Will Richmond attended Polk County High School.
“I am looking forward to the on the job training. I am very happy and excited that I was chosen to be a part of the MHI program,” he said.
He is the son of David and Kim Richmond of Benton.
Daniel Archambault (E & E Manufacturing)
Daniel Archambault attended McMinn Central High School.
“This was a great opportunity for hands-on work experience, and I’m very thankful for this opportunity,” he noted.
Archambault plans to transfer to UTC to pursue his bachelor’s degree after CSCC. He is the son of Brad and Carrie Archambault of Englewood.
Caleb Smith (McKee)
Caleb Smith attended Bradley Central High School.
“I’m looking forward to this co-op program and finding out what the workforce is like in this industry,” Smith said.
Smith is undecided on his four-year college. He is the son of Sarah Bullington of Cleveland.
Trent Bright (E & E Manufacturing)
Trent Bright attended McMinn County High School.
“I am looking forward to learning more and making new friends. This is a great opportunity, and I’m very happy they chose me. I’m ready to get to work,” he said.
Trent is the son of Rodney and Stephanie Bright of Riceville.
Matthew Robinson (McKee)
Matthew Robinson attended Bradley Central High School.
“I chose to apply for the MHI to further my education in mechatronics and to acquire experience as an intern while increasing my knowledge,” Robinson said.
Robinson continued, “I am excited about this opportunity because I was involved in many areas during high school and look forward to being active in college.”
Robinson plans to continue his education at MTSU or UTC in Mechatronic Engineering. He is the son of Bryan and Arlette Robinson of Cleveland.
Edi Abdulahu (Bayer)
Edi Abdulahu attended Ooltewah High School.
“I chose to apply for the MHI because of the great program Cleveland State offers, and I’m looking forward to the experience I will be gaining.”
Edi is the son of Muhamed and Alma Abdulahu of Apison.
Reiter continued, “I am excited to work with these students over the next few years and watch their growth, not only academically, but professionally as well. I predict nothing but success for all 13 of these selected applicants. Cleveland State and the MHI is lucky to have such talented students choosing to attend school with us this fall. This is exactly what we have built the MHI to produce- highly talented workers to fill our local industry’s pipelines.”
For more information on the MHI, visit the website at clevelandstatecc.edu. For more information on how your business can participate in the MHI next year, contact Reiter at email@example.com.
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