Employees representing the Dart Foundation joined community members and representatives from Southern Crescent Technical College for a ribbon cutting for the Dart Foundation Technology Lab on March 20, 2019.
The Dart Foundation Technology Lab, located on the Flint River Campus in Building E, was made possible by a grant totaling $99,405.00 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc., to be used for the Mechatronics Lab on the Flint River Campus. To honor this outstanding donation, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the College approved naming the lab for the Dart Foundation. The funds from the grant were used to purchase trainers that will allow students to learn cutting edge technical skills such as robotics, Ethernet communication, advanced PLC, and voltage frequency motor drive operations. The trainers, which include the FANUC Robot, the Allen Bradley PLC Trainer, the Siemens PLC Trainer, and the Voltage Frequency Drive/Ethernet Trainer, will enhance the training for students and provide world-class maintenance technicians for area companies.
Several individuals representing Dart Foundation were on hand to participate in the ribbon cutting and tour the updated lab. “We are pleased to support Southern Crescent Technical College as part of our 2018 Workforce Development Initiative,” said Emily L. Matthews, Dart Foundation Manager. “Southern Crescent’s industrial systems program closely aligns with our funding priorities for this initiative. Students have a growing interest in the manufacturing field and it’s essential for educational institutions like Southern Crescent to expand training opportunities with facilities containing the latest in equipment and technology.”
Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, said, “This is an exciting day for the College and especially the students in the Mechatronics Program. The trainers that have been purchased from this grant will assist the College to build a strong program with more graduates in the maintenance field. Thank you, Dart Foundation, for your generous donation and partnership. You are helping Southern Crescent Technical College to build strong students, strong careers, and strong communities.