By Bob Fowler,Â Roane State staff writer
CLINTONâ€”High school students in the dual enrollment mechatronics program at Roane State Community College received a final-semester financial boost, thanks to a grant from employees of Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC.
Those employees of CNSâ€”the contractor that operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridgeâ€”last year awarded a $10,000 grant to underwrite the Spring 2017 tuition for mechatronics students in Oak Ridge, Clinton, and Anderson County high schools. The grant was awarded through the CNS Community Investment Fund.
The Community Investment Fund provides thousands of dollars to local nonprofits. Y-12 employees work with the East Tennessee Foundation to award the grants through a competitive grant process.
In the mechatronics program, high school students take courses in maintaining and improving automated machines and robots used by many of todayâ€™s manufacturers, said Gordon Williams, director of Roane Stateâ€™s mechatronics program. [Read more…]