New training center is
a result of cooperation
industry and government.
Anew training center will provide robotic certifications to industry employees, train post-secondary students for
good jobs, and expand regional STEM
and Mechatronics courses to include
The special ceremony was attended by
more than 250 people (and several dozen
robots). Motlow State Community College
Automation and Robotics Training Center’s grand opening provided a chance to
thank the many different organizations
that made this new operation possible.
The event also showed the excitement
and passion of those involved – an excitement that will be shared by students who
have an opportunity to train for tomorrow’s careers.
The new ARTC is adjacent to the
Motlow State and Tennessee College of
Applied Technology (TCAT) locations in
Speaking at the event, Dr. Michael
Torrence, president of Motlow State,
said that goals for the training center
included student success and workforce
Motlow’s goal is to position itself to meet
the needs of tomorrow’s workforce, and to
benefit Tennessee residents and industry.
Other goals include extending high
school robotics programs into higher
education, attracting new industry to the
area and drawing training funds from
outside the area.
One speaker at the event said that
there are 7,000 robots within 75 miles of
McMinnville’s new robotics center. And
there is not a similar training center like
this one within 500 miles.
Three heavyweights in industrial
robotics are part of the training center.
ABB, Fanuc and Yaskawa-Motoman all
had training robots on display for the
opening event, and representatives from
these companies spoke at the opening.
Three heavyweights in industrial robotics are part of the training center: ABB, Fanuc and
Yaskawa-Motoman all have training robots here.
by Karl D. Forth
Dr. Michael Torrence, president of Motlow State, cuts the ribbon to open the new robotics center.