PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–West Hills Center will begin the next session of Mechatronics classes for the Spring 2011 semester in January. The Mechatronics program is tuition-free to those who qualify, and students may earn up to 17 credits toward an associate’s degree in engineering. Both part-time sessions will begin on January 5 and January 24.
Mechatronics is a new engineering field that combines mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics and computer controls in the construction of industrial products and processes. Through a three-year, $748,896 grant from the US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), CCAC is able to offer a 300-hour Mechatronics program, available in both full-time and part-time sessions. Students are able to create simpler, economical and versatile commercial and industrial products through the program.
Evening and online sessions are available options for the upcoming spring semester. Those participating in the 20-week evening session will attend on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students who choose a blend of classroom and online program options are required to fulfill 6-hour lab sessions per week on Monday and Tuesday evenings between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., as well as self-studying at home for a total of 25 weeks.
There are 25 registered students so far for both sessions. For more information, please contact Sylvia Elsayed at 412.788.7534.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.