Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Robotics Technology Certificate for Spring 2015 Semester

~Registration Begins November 17, 2014~

Keisha with Students
Instructor Keisha Nichols and students Elizabeth Conner of Franklin and Stanley Crawford of Ivor work with the robotic arm during a dual enrollment class session.
 
Paul D. Camp Community College will offer a new Career Studies Certificate in Robotics Technology for the spring 2015 semester.
 
This is the second semester the certificate has been offered at the college. Implementation of the program has been possible through grants from Dominion Virginia Power and its Foundation, and Smithfield Foods/ Smithfield Farmland.
 
The new classes are designed to provide students the skills in programming, problem solving and troubleshooting, tuning and adjustment, and maintenance and repair required for robotics technology fields.
 
“Instruction will focus on developing knowledge of theory and a hands-on approach to learning,” said instructor Keisha Nichols.
 
The curriculum includes introductions to automation and mechatronics, AC/DC Fundamentals and technical report writing. “Students will be able to use these skills to obtain entry level positions in a variety of fields as robot operators, robot service technicians, or robot product consultants,” she said.
 
Those fields include manufacturing, packaging, assembly, distribution, warehouse, software, electronics, math, physics and medicine.
 
“The medical field is in need of computer programmers who have some training in the area of remote surgeries or dispersal of medicine using a programmable tool/arm,” added Nichols.
 
In addition, the field of Robotics Technology is expected to grow.
 
“Thanks to these generous contributions from our business partners, we will be able to enhance existing programs and develop new programs for our students that will train them for available jobs while meeting the needs of local businesses and industries,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady.
 
For more information, contact Nichols at 757-569-6763 or knichols@pdc.edu.