Recently, the Roanoke Region hosted major announcements of business expansions for Italian auto parts manufacturer Eldor Corporation (350 new jobs) and Deschutes Brewery (108 new jobs). At both announcements, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and business leaders cited Virginia Western Community College’s Mechatronics Program and the region’s trained workforce as major reasons for these positive economic developments.

Virginia Western will provide prospective students the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with these companies and others like them through a Mechatronics Program open house on Thursday, May 12.

WHAT:                 Mechatronics Program open house

WHEN:                 3-6 p.m., Thursday, May 12

WHERE:               Beginning on first floor of Webber Hall, Virginia Western Community College (Directions)

DETAILS:              During this open house, students and their supporters can learn about the Mechatronics Program and tour the College’s Design Lab, Mechatronics Lab, FABLAB and Electrical Lab. Information sessions about Mechatronics will be held every half hour.

Mechatronics is the blending of mechanics, electronics and information technology. It provides graduates with the hands-on training they need to begin careers in diverse fields such as aerospace, automotive, building technologies, consumer products, logistics, energy, green technology, manufacturing, materials processing, medical, mining and transportation. Students can earn industry recognized certifications that show employers they have the knowledge necessary to succeed.

No registration is required to attend this free event. Current and prospective students are encouraged to attend and begin at the check-in table on the first floor of Webber Hall on Thursday.