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Rowan College of South Jersey opens Mechatronics lab

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Rowan College of South Jersey, Rowan University and Cumberland County officials cut the ribbon on a new Mechatronics Innovation Learning Lab on Friday at the campus in Vineland.

VINELAND — Rowan College of South Jersey, Rowan University and the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners opened the new Mechatronics Innovation Learning Lab with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

State and local government officials, administrators and educators celebrated the event with college faculty, staff and students.

“We’re here today to celebrate the expansion of the college’s engineering technology program,” RCSJ President Frederick Keating said in a news release. “This is another step on the road we envisioned when Cumberland and Gloucester merged. The MILL aligns with our aspirational vision of offering experiential learning opportunities while finding ways to give students three things: access, affordability and pathway.”

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The one-story, 6,357-square-foot MILL will help develop the school’s engineering students.

The project was initiated when RCSJ received a Title III Hispanic Servin Institutions STEM and Articulation grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2016, the college said. The grant supported educational leadership to develop MILL as well as renovations and equipment unveiled at the ceremony.

The MILL consists of four dedicated education spaces, the college said. The building houses an electrical and mechanical room with programmable logic controllers; electrical, mechanical and pneumatic trainers; and a FANUC industrial robot. A second room contains a high-definition CAD/CAM computer lab, while another is an advanced manufacturing lab that holds two HAAS CNC machines, conveyor belt and mechanical drives trainer.

Lastly, lab has a Drone Zone, which includes a small-drone obstacle course, the release said.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July 2013

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