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NSF-ATE RAMP (Robotics and Automated Manufacturing)

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National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE)

NSF ATE Project RAMP (Robotics and Automated Manufacturing Program) 2015-2018

The Project’s stated goal is to: Increase awareness of opportunities in STEM disciplines for women and underrepresented minorities through the development of programs and activities involving robotics and automated manufacturing.  To achieve the overarching goal of the project, the project team has identified a 3-step sustainable plan which focuses on awareness, preparation,  and career-readiness.  Awareness activities will be designed and utilized to ensure that K-12 students and parents are introduced to robotics, automated manufacturing, and the associated career possibilities.

The following objectives capture the project’s intent to stimulate interest, increase awareness of opportunities, and prepare students in grades K-14 for careers in the STEM disciplines:

1) Introduce opportunities for underrepresented groups to have access to programs involving robotics and automated manufacturing.

2) Provide dual credit courses in robotics and automated manufacturing for students in grades 9-12.

3) Expand the course offerings in the computer engineering curriculum at OCtech to include robotics and automated manufacturing and share developed resources with other colleges.

NSF ATE Project Diverse Engineering Pathways 2012-2015

The project involves a formal partnership to improve and positively impact the education of engineering technicians across the OCtech service area. Partnership consists of a formal alliance of 10 school districts, industry, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Claflin University and South Carolina State University. The Diverse Engineering Pathways project also includes the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) and the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE). The partnership’s stated goal is to increase both the number and diversity of students who enter and complete associate degrees in existing and emerging STEM cluster disciplines. It will accomplish the following objectives: 

  1. Increase both the number and diversity of students entering associate degree programs in the computer engineering, instrumentation and other engineering technology disciplines through the implementation and articulation of high school STEM cluster majors (programs of study).
  2. Improve success rates and professional advancement opportunities for transitioning students from both high schools and industry through a formal articulated K-16 STEM career pathway and Bridge Program designed to provide transition courses in science, mathematics and engineering technology.
  3. Improve postsecondary delivery of science, mathematics and technology workplace skills, focusing on Mechatronics, Advanced Manufacturing and Computer Technology.
  4. Improve employer satisfaction with graduates in core competencies and workplace skills. 

The project will promote access to STEM careers and provide courses for under-prepared students, especially women and under-represented minorities. Strategies will include high school STEM career majors and STEM college academies that build on national models, such as Project Lead the Way®; middle school STEM exploration activities and summer camps; high school Individual Graduation Plans; program revision that will include secondary and postsecondary faculty and student cooperative projects, and mentoring using a technology platform for remote equipment and process diagnostics and collaboration; faculty development; and broad industry involvement in curriculum development, internships and co-op opportunities, scholarships and foundation support. This program will have broad impact and directly affect over 1,200 secondary and postsecondary students and over 45 postsecondary and secondary faculty.

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The goal of the Accelerating Advanced Manufacturing and Global Logistics Careers Project (AAMGLP) project is to expand and improve the college and its partners’ ability to deliver education and career training programs that will accelerate the workforce readiness of individuals eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program, as well as the dislocated, unemployed and incumbent workers, and prepare them for employment in high-wage, high-skilled occupations in the advanced manufacturing and global logistics sector. Veterans will be given priority as outlined in the SGA. This will be accomplished by combining evidence-based research and best practice to create a delivery model for four important strategies: 

  1. Leverage the Workforce Readiness Centers established at OCtech and its subcontractor Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) in Round 1 of TAACCCT Consortium funding to provide wrap-around support services, including prior learning assessments, for the needs of populations identified above and for all adult and nontraditional students. 
  2. Create new stackable credentials that articulate competencies with existing programs for Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering/Instrumentation, Industrial Electronics and Industrial Maintenance Technology, as well as a new certificate program for Transportation and Global Logistics. 
  3. Use technology-enhanced, multimedia-rich online courses combined with open laboratories to provide a hybrid and accelerated delivery model for courses. 
  4. Leverage OCtech’s Manufacturing E-Learning platform to create a delivery system for both Round I and Round II TAACCCT-developed courses that can be used across the 16 South Carolina technical colleges engaged in Advanced Manufacturing and Global Logistics.

The program is open to students in the following programs: Career Readiness Certificate, Mechatronics, Industrial Engineering/Instrumentation, Industrial Electronics and Industrial Maintenance Technology, Transportation, Logistics and Truck Driver Training. If you are interested in becoming a participant, please complete this application

Veterans and their spouses interested in Truck Driver Training may be eligible for scholarship funds available through a Department of Transportation CMVOST grant program. For more information about the program and to check scholarship availability, please contact Amanda Eisman-Lindsay at 803.535.1386 or

For more information about the project’s activities, please contact Dr. James Payne at 803.535.1231 or

To link to the FESTO E-Learning System where the project’s course deliverables are being housed, please click here (login required).

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.

AAMGLCP is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

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