Motlow State and its partners have been awarded a state grant for $949,410 through the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) program for a Teaching Innovative Learning Technologies (TILT) project. The project reflects Motlow’s commitment to continue building pathways between secondary and postsecondary education.
The Motlow GIVE-TILT project, estimated to impact 300 students over the 30-month grant, aids in reaching ‘Drive to 55’ goals through the creation and expansion of pathways between secondary and postsecondary institutions. The mechatronics program in Fayetteville will be expanded by the addition of the robotics concentration. The Robotics concentration instructs in industrial robotic safety, operation, maintenance, end-effector design and application, and robot integration into a mechatronics system.
The TILT project will also create a computer coding program for partner school districts beginning at the middle school level, teaching students Swift coding, and a high school program for students to obtain certification in Python coding.
Photo provided: Motlow GIVE Grant Team, seated L-R: Debra Smith, interim dean of students; Susan Welch, CTE director for Lincoln County Schools; Rugena Dotson, CTE director for Fayetteville City Schools; Tammy O’Dell, director of grants; and Ingrid Rascoe, career and technical programs coordinator. Standing, L-R: Terri Bryson, vice president of external affairs and workforce innovation; Donald Choate, emerging technology liaison and trainer; Dr. Jeff Horner, executive vice president for academic affairs and student success; Larry Flatt, executive director of automation and robotics training center; Bobby Cox, director of Warren County Schools; Fred Rascoe, dean of career and technical programs; Hilda Tunstill, vice president for finance and administration; and Melody Edmonds, assistant vice president for academic affairs.