Danville Area Community College (DACC) is doing its part to address the needs of the local community by training students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Three years ago DACC was approached by ThyssenKrupp Presta to create the program to fill an existing skills gap for mechatronics professionals in the area. The college now offers students multidisciplinary coursework in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, as well as maintenance, industrial electricity, robotics, programmable controls, pneumatics, and hydraulics. This unique skill set will be important to the growth of manufacturing in the area. DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said, “There has been so much press about the skills gap in the industrial trades, so the college decided to meet the needs of local employers.” Classes take place in a new, expanded $3 million, 10,000 square foot technology center. The Mechatronics program is a 24 credit hour certificate program which offers an opportunity to continue on to earn a degree.

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