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Industrial Technology Program at Savannah Campus

BLOG ENTRY: Jason Helton, Director of Business and Industry Relations

Industrial Technology content 2022
Industrial Technology program
Will soon be offered at the new NCMC Savannah Campus.

The purpose of the Applied Technology (1+1) AAS degree is to provide students from career and technical education schools (Grand River Tech, Northwest Technical School, Hillyard Technical Center, and ten other entities across the northern half of Missouri) an opportunity to earn a degree by utilizing articulated credit and combining it with additional postsecondary coursework. Both traditional and nontraditional students who have completed an articulated technical program at an area career and technical school can complete an AAS degree in less time, with greater convenience, and with significant cost savings. These CTE students, who might not typically have an interest in pursuing a traditional college degree, can enter the workforce with a degree and other credentials.

Since many of the courses from NCMC’s Career and Technical Education Division count as electives in the Applied Technology AAS, students can experience hands-on learning that those courses typically offer – labs, up-to-date training equipment in our classrooms and at Barton campus, internships, industry speakers, site visits, etc.

Students can take degree required coursework at any location where NCMC courses are offered, including online. Both general education courses and career and technical ed courses are part of the Applied Technology program. Depending on the student’s goals, career interest area and experience, timeline, work schedule, etc., I work with each student to put together a plan and schedule that fits their needs.

The Industrial Technology program (AAS) will train students to become Industrial Automation and Maintenance technicians.  Program courses include: Applied Safety for General Industry, Basic Electricity, Motor Controls, Industrial Robotics, and Advanced Robotics and Automation.  Other required classes are Industrial Mechanics, Applied Welding, Applied Hydraulics, and Applied Maintenance Basics.  The general educations for the AAS degree include College Seminar, English I, Speech communications, American History or National Government, Intermediate Algebra or Ag/Business Math, and BT 160 Microcomputer Applications.

Students should expect approximately 40% class time and 60% hands-on training the technical courses.

The Industrial Technology program will primarily be offered at the new NCMC Savannah Campus and is designed to meet area workforce needs based on input from local business and industry. Area workforce trends and employer response indicates a great need for the Industrial Technology program due to workforce retirements and openings combined with new, advanced production and technical skills in the workplace.

Opening of the NCMC Savannah Campus

The first phase of the Savannah campus will allow for many Applied Technology and Industrial Technology courses to be offered more regularly and at different times of the day. Many Applied Tech students are interested in those sort of classes – robotics, electronics, motor controls, PLCs, etc. – as part of their required electives. New shorter-term certificates are also planned for the Savannah campus. With good advising, students can also earn a college certificate while completing their Applied Tech and Industrial Technology AAS degrees. Additionally, this new location will provide a closer option for eligible students in the western part of our service region to enroll and attend these sort of hands-on learning opportunities.

Jason Helton
Director of Business and Industry Relations
[email protected] | (660) 357-6278