Southern Crescent Technical College

Dart Foundation Donates to Mechatronics Program

Mechatronics worker

The Dart Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000.00 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc., to be used in the Mechatronics Lab on the Flint River Campus in Thomaston.

Part of the funds will be used to purchase an End-of-Arm-Tooling, which will pick up flat parts with suction assistance and extend the capabilities of the FANUC robot in the Dart Foundation Technology Lab, which currently operates with a claw. The remainder of the funds will be used to build four Programmable Logic Controller trainers.

“It will help my students learning TIA Portal (software by Siemens) programming software,” said SCTC Mechatronics Instructor Galen Andrews. “With the additional trainers, we will be able to reach out to industries in the area who were wanting to learn about the newer software.”

In the Dart Foundation Technology Lab, students use the trainers to learn cutting edge technical skills such as robotics, Ethernet communication, advanced PLC, and voltage frequency motor drive operations.  The trainers will be built with a multipurpose to allow instructors to teach wiring.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC President, said “The Dart Foundation’s continued investment and support to Southern Crescent Technical College is appreciated. The support of key business and funding partners like the Dart Foundation help us build strong students, strong careers and strong communities. The additional trainers will allow our students to be world-class maintenance technicians for area companies.”

In 2018, the Dart Foundation awarded a grant of $99,405.00 to the SCTC Foundation to be used for the Mechatronics Lab on the Flint River Campus, now named the Dart Foundation Technology Lab.  The Mechatronics/Industrial Systems Technology Program is currently replacing the Electronics Program to provide training for the students in the maintenance field and to prepare them for the workforce in Upson County and the surrounding area.

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities, including Thomaston and the surrounding area.