Workforce Development Pilot Project (WDPP)

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Workforce Development Pilot Project (WDPP) engaged with Bridgestone Tire Company, which contributed over $4 million to Motlow State Community College (MSCC) toward renovation of classrooms and computer stations, and for equipment and maintenance at the state-of-the-art mechatronics training facility on-site at the Bridgestone production facility in Smyrna, TN. MSCC, in turn, offered the complete mechatronics program at the facility, providing the faculty time and academic experience. In addition to mastering the hands-on skills needed, students took five hours of classes a day and practice on-the-job problem solving. The program provided a path into manufacturing jobs with Bridgestone, Nissan, and other plants in the area.