RCS Teachers Become Pupils


Teachers from Rutherford County Schools and other education institutions recently completed a Mechatronics certification class at the Bridgestone Plant in La Vergne.

By completing the course, they will be able to teach Mechatronics at their respective institutions, which will allow their students to become industry certified. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer control and information technology.

Siegel High School offers a Mechatronics program through a partnership with Nissan North America and the Tennessee Center for Applied Technology in Murfreesboro (TCAT). Smyrna High School is also pursuing a Mechatronics program that meets at the Bridgestone training center in La Vergne. Bridgestone sponsored Smyrna teacher Steven Luboniecki and Schwan Cosmestics sponsored Jason Veal from Siegel High School for the certification class.

Oakland High School in Murfreesboro also offers a Mechatronics program that allows students to complete their Siemens Level I certification before graduating high school. The school partners with Bridgestone, Schwan Cosmetics, and Motlow State Community College.

Rutherford County Schools thanks its industry partners for continuing to support its students and teachers through the Mechatronics programs.

Adult students pictured:
Alan Bivens (Bradley County Schools), Zach Delp (Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing), James Cantrell (TCAT Livingston, Tenn.), David Dillard (Patrick Henry Community College – Martinsville, Virginia), Steven Luboniecki (Smyrna High School), Norm Mortensen (Bridge Valley Community & Tech College – South Charleston, West Virginia), Mark Morton (Patrick Henry Community College) Lauren Nevels (Kids to Love – Ktech – Madison, Alabama), Paul Perry (TCAT Livingston), Erik Reynolds (Hopkins County School System), Aaron St. Clair(Bridge Valley Community & Tech College), Jason Veal (Siegel High School), Wesley Williams (Vance-Granville Community College Henderson, North Carolina), Tim Wilson (Cleveland State Community College)

Education partners and teachers pictured:
Keith Hamilton (Manager North America Manufacturing Education Center Bridgestone), Tyra Pilgrim (Rutherford County Schools CTE Director), Bill Zebick (Vice President Operations Schwan Cosmetics, USA), Gerd Voigt (Siemens Technical Academy – Berlin, Germany), Khalid Tantawi (Motlow State Community College), Shane Buchanan (Motlow State Community College).

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