Jackson High School Students Sign Talent Strong Agreement

Date Posted: January 31, 2024

Jackson High School seniors Caydon Hardy and Brandon Benites Lopez signed an agreement today that will allow them to participate in Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) Talent Strong Pre-Apprenticeship program.  Through the Talent Strong program, students will gain the theory and hands-on skills training that will prepare them to enter the high-demand career fields of Mechatronics with added training in Industrial Systems and Machine Tool Technology.

The Talent Strong program allows high school seniors to begin a pathway to earning a college credential while they train for careers in the high-demand field of Mechatronics.

The Mechatronics Technology program at Southern Crescent Technical College is a sequence of courses designed to train students to become mechatronics technicians where they inspect, troubleshoot and repair commercial and industrial mechanical and electrical systems with an emphasis in robotics.  These systems are found in various manufacturing applications, assembly lines, and production facilities.  This complex machinery needs qualified technicians trained in         mechatronics to install, service, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair machinery for continued production.

According to SCTC President, Dr. Irvin Clark, “I am thrilled that these students have recognized the opportunities afforded to them through the Talent Strong program.  Southern Crescent Technical College has the appropriate programs in place to respond to the growing need for workers in the Advanced Manufacturing field. Graduates of SCTC’s Mechatronics program possess skills that are highly sought after and command an impressive salary and will prove to be critical to the workforce development efforts in this area.”

Jackson Mechatronics signing
Pictured L-R: Back Dr. Sohmer McKibben – Butts County School System CTAE Director; Lisa Durden – Executive Director, Butts County Chamber of Commerce, Bob White, Executive Director – Butts County Development Authority; Kimberly Register, SCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs