School name: Truckee High School
Project name: Mountain Mechatronics
Contact: Marshall Lewis
Truckee High School is located in the heart of world-class mountain recreational opportunities, including ski resorts, golf courses, water sports, lodging, and entertainment. These businesses are dependent upon skilled technicians to maintain and repair sophisticated equipment, and the Mountain Mechatronics program is specifically tailored to address these specialized needs. Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus is offering dual-credit courses in CIE 1 “Science of Electronics,” CIE 10 “Fundamentals of Computer Integrated Electronics,” and CIE 44 “Mechatronics Processes and Materials.” Upon completion of the course sequence, students earn an “Electro-Mechanical Skills Certificate” which increases their competitiveness for placement in high paying jobs in mountain resort industries. Students also have the option of transferring to the expanded Mechatronics program at the Nevada County or Rocklin campuses of Sierra College.
A $250,000 grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office developed this new CTE program to prepare high school students for high paying maintenance technician jobs that are in demand locally. The grant paid for program development and a large amount of necessary instructional equipment and supplies. Sierra College devoted a classroom and room for machinery at their new Tahoe-Truckee campus.