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Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Partners with Pittsburgh Technical College

December 8, 2022

This is a press release about a new partnership for ARM Endorsed Program Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (CMRA). 

PITTSBURGH—December 2, 2022 – Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) finalized its articulation agreement with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (CMRA) yesterday, as PTC President/CEO Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith took part in a ceremonial signing with Vu Nguyen, Co-Director of the CMRA.

The signing finalized a fast-track partnership that will provide a 12-credit exemption for CMRA graduates who matriculate from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy's curriculum into PTC’s new Robotics & Autonomous Engineering Technology (RAET) associate degree program. The 12-credit exemption amounts to over $4,000 in savings.

“At PTC, we continue to strive toward expanding access to education for a wide range of students,” said Dr. Harvey-Smith. “Our new partnership with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy not only opens up an exciting new pathway into our new Robotics & Autonomous Engineering Technology program, but it also enables students to enter the workforce faster and with a reduced cost.”

An educational outreach of Carnegie Mellon University, and part of the university’s world-renowned Robotics Institute, the CMRA features a high school program designed to develop a mathematically competent and technologically literate workforce. Additionally, part of its mission is to influence children to become interested in robotics schools and related technologies as an area of study for future employment, which will lead them through Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy's curriculum and into a lucrative career in robotics..

PTC’s new RAET program — developed in partnership with Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation, LLC, a leader in autonomous driving innovation — is a multi-disciplinary approach tailored to train service engineer technicians — the skilled “doers” required to build, maintain, service and customize robotic and autonomous systems. The six-quarter program is designed to professionally prepare and support students’ futures in a wide range of applications, as robotics innovation is becoming more commonplace in industries such as healthcare, education and manufacturing.

The hands-on, 18-month multi-disciplinary program specifically geared toward service engineer technicians is a combination of PTC’s electronics, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy's curriculum, mechanical engineering, electrician and information systems technology curriculum that leverages robotics, electronics and CAD technology for a comprehensive education. As part of the curriculum, all students partake in an internship program, or capstone project, in the final quarter before entering the workforce.

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Pittsburgh Technical College is a leading educator in the Pittsburgh region to prepare students for career success, and has the numbers to prove it: 100% of on-campus degree-seeking students have internships or clinical rotations before they graduate. It’s this kind of experience that results in consistently high in-field placement rates of greater than 93%.* PTC’s hallmark is academic excellence, grounded in an environment that supports each and every student’s professional and personal journey. The college awards associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in these areas: Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Design and Engineering Technology, Healthcare, Nursing, Information Systems and Technology, Trades Technology, and Energy and Electronics Technology.

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