A new internship program between Baxter International Inc., Eaton Corporation, Micro Plastics, Inc. and Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will mean that students in the college's brand new Mechatronics Technology Degree program will have the technical skills they need to enter the workforce upon graduation. The new program, which begins this fall, is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in industries that require specialized job skills in electronics, robotics, and more.
"We are starting the Associate of Applied Science Mechatronics Technology degree program this fall," said Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor at ASUMH. "Students in the new program will have an opportunity to participate with paid, part-time internships at Baxter International, Eaton Corporation, or Micro Plastics, Inc. They will attend classes in the mornings Monday - Thursday, and then can work part-time at one of the plants within the two-year course of study at ASUMH."
Myers added that these companies have been supportive of the development of the Mechatronics program at ASUMH and the implementation of the internships for students. "These great companies are exceptional corporate partners and are eager to assist in helping develop a workforce with the technical skill sets that will be available through this program."
Myers said that students will gain the experiences both in the classroom and during the internships that will set them apart as they compete for jobs in the future. "The real-world experience plus education will make our students have both the necessary skills and experience at the end of the program and provide them with opportunities for future employment." The anticipated outcome is that at the end of the two years, the students will have completed the Associate of Applied Science Mechatronics Technology degree and gain exposure to the industrial work environment for potential future employment.
To participate in the paid internship program, ASUMH students who are selected should be enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Mechatronics Technology Degree program, be 18 years or older and meet all college placement requirements. Students must have a high school or previous college GPS of 2.7 or possess a GED or evidence of Home School completion. A pre-employment test, physical screening and drug test also must be successfully completed. The industry partners will interview candidates before final acceptance into the two-year internship program.
For more information on the Associate of Applied Science Mechatronics Technology Degree, contact Sarah Brozynski, Director of Workforce Development, at (870) 508-6106 or apply online at www.asumh.edu.