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Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology to receive $125,000 for educational outreach in autonomous technologies

– Monday, July 15, 2019 10:00AM

Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) will receive $25,000 annually for five years to support youth STEM camps focused on connected and automated vehicle technology, as well as a professional development workshop for educators and automotive industry professionals. The funding is through a $7 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Northland Community & Technical College, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to establish a National Center for Autonomous Technologies.

CAAT will also develop a new transfer agreement in advanced technology with an area university to allow more credits to transfer from Macomb to the university, making student transition smoother and encouraging advanced degree attainment.

“Since its inception in 2010, CAAT has focused on ensuring that education and training is in place in the face of rapidly emerging automotive technology, connecting our students with good career pathways and supporting area employers with a highly skilled workforce,” said Don Hutchison, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Macomb Community College. “This funding will further Macomb Community College’s ability to directly reach our community’s youth with an engaging introduction to the career potential in advanced automotive technology. We’re working to build tomorrow’s workforce from the ground up.”

CAAT partners with industry, education, government and professional organizations to help students prepare for careers in new and developing technologies in the automotive industry. Working closely with industry, CAAT identifies emerging educational needs and develops curriculum to address them. CAAT also presents an annual conference for educators and industry professionals, sponsors the college’s AutoSTEAM event that introduces approximately 3,000 middle and high school students to the potential in automotive careers, and presents a variety of STEM camps and classroom presentations.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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