Jackson State Community College & TCAT Jackson create student pathway to Engineering Systems Technology program

Engineering Systems Technology student programs a robot in the robotics skills lab at JSCC

Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Jackson have signed an articulation agreement that will allow TCAT students in the Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation program to have a more seamless transfer of credits to JSCC’s Engineering Systems Technology (EST) program.

According to TCAT Jackson President Dr. Jeff Sisk, students will be able to pursue an Associate of Applied Science from JSCC without duplicating coursework from their TCAT program. “Perhaps the most important aspect for a manufacturing operation to be successful is the availability of a well-trained maintenance staff who are continuing to upgrade their skills with continuing education, This agreement creates a pathway to do just that,” Sisk said.

The EST program at JSCC has a 30-member consortium of area manufacturers that works with the college to provide training to prepare technical or technical-management-oriented professionals for employment in many business sectors. JSCC dean of business and industry Terri Messer notes the extreme shortage of skilled labor not only locally but nationally and even globally. “We are looking for ways to help meet this demand, and facilitating this pathway from TCAT to JSCC is one of several ways we are rising to meet this challenge,” Messer said.

The agreement was signed May 14, 2021.

Graduates from the EST program typically find employment in areas such as industrial technician, robotics technician, mechanical drafter, multi-craft maintenance technician, control systems technician, and PLC programmer. To learn more about the opportunities in Engineering Systems Technology at JSCC, visit https://www.jscc.edu/academics/divisions/business-industry/engineering-systems/

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.