Partnership Aims to Provide High School Students with Advanced Career Training


As the new school year began last week, Maury County Public Schools and Columbia State Community College entered into an articulation agreement to further the educational opportunities of the region’s high school students.

Both MCPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Marczak and CSCC President Janet F. Smith formally approved a partnership between the two organizations giving Maury County students a chance to graduate high school with an associate degree in mechatronics, a field of study combining electronics and mechanical engineering.

Students who complete the program would have the qualifications to enter the workplace with a position offering an income between $40,000 and $50,000.

“This could be a transformative path for Maury County students,” Columbia State Science, Technology and Math Division Dean Dearl Lampley said. “That training will lead to a career in an area that has high demand and pays very well.”

Smith said the program marks a general return of technical training to the high school classroom, bringing back an opportunity previously lost to students.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for students and I think it is the beginning of what we will see of many other programs to come,” Smith said.

Smith commended Marczak and his team for building the bridge between the school district and the college.

Read the full story HERE from the Columbia Daily Herald

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