Robotics Awake: Promoting the Diffusion of Innovation through Curriculum Development and a Technician Training Community College Extension Model
Edgar J Lobaton
Project runs from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2020
Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech) will collaborate with industry partners and NCSU to develop curriculum for training technicians in the operation, utilization, and programming of light industrial robots in advanced manufacturing while developing a model for using technician training as a basis for community college extension work to promote the diffusion of innovations likely to contribute to regional economic development. The main activities include; creation of an industry partnership group focused on integration of co-robots in local manufacturing plants, professional development for faculty from Wake Tech and three neighboring community colleges, industry extension, development and implementation of two courses and certificates (Collaborative Robotics Technician and Robotics Programmer Technician), equipment purchases to support hands-on curricula, recruiting students, and a case study to develop a model for future community college extension work in the diffusion of innovation through technician education.