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New HCC Central workforce building to feature robotics program

HCC Central will offer advanced intelligent robotics training at its South Campus location

As an increasing number of U.S. and foreign companies introduce intelligent robotics into their operations, HCC Central is preparing to meet this growing trend by offering an advanced-level robotics training program at its new, state-of-the-art workforce building at the college’s South Campus location in 2015.

The college will be one of just a handful of institutions offering a Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program in the greater Houston area. Students who receive CERT training will be in demand for high-paying careers related to designing, implementing and using intelligent, industrial robots in manufacturing businesses.

“We are extremely excited about offering a full-scale intelligent robotics training program at the South Campus,” says Paul Quinn, Central’s Associate Dean of Instructional Programs. “We have found a great robotics training program and a supplier ready to help HCC Central train students for work in this cutting-edge field. We think it will pair well with the new South Campus Early College High School, which will offer entry level robotics training as part of its overall STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus.”

The Houston Independent School District is building an early college high school at HCC Central’s South Campus focusing on STEM careers. The high school, which will be located at 1990 W. Airport Blvd., represents a partnership between the district and HCC to offer both high school and college-level credit courses. The new early college high school is expected to open to its first 100 students in fall of 2015.

Meanwhile, what, exactly, are intelligent robots and how are they helping businesses? The answer is simple: Robots – programmed by humans using computer-software programs – are tasked with jobs that help companies improve quality and save money. For example, intelligent robots are used in assembly, material removal, material handling, painting, dispensing and welding, to name just a few of their jobs.

The robots in HCC’s CERT training program will resemble mechanical “arms,” and perform more like advanced machines. Students will apply science, technology, engineering and math in learning robotic automation.

While intelligent robotics training will be a key feature of the college’s new workforce building, a host of other technical programs also will be offered at the South Campus. Additional workforce programs include: Construction Trades, Machining, CNC, Lean Manufacturing, Welding, Computer Technology as well as Solar and Wind Technology, and how they work together. The college also will offer an Interior Design program with an emphasis on the use of ”green” materials, weatherization and water sequestration to promote a sustainable building envelope, says Quinn.

The college is creating partnerships with universities in Mexico, who have asked for help in offering all of these types of training programs, says Dr. Genevieve Stevens, Interim Dean of Instruction at HCC Central. “Central College has been listening to the community and local industries to address the needs of workforce students in the area.”

HCC Central’s main campus is also growing and expanding its workforce programs. The college’s highly regarded culinary arts program will be leaving its current location at 3100 Main Street and will return to the campus to offer classes on the first floor a soon-to-be-constructed, multi-level parking garage on Winbern Street.

For more information about any of HCC Central’s workforce programs, please contact Paul Quinn at 713.718.6003 or



Debra McGaughey

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