CCC Announces First Robotic Initiative

(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland Community College’s Automation Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the formation of a First Robotics initiative in conjunction with The International Society of Automation, The Automation Federation, and Cleveland County Schools.

The First team will be a single team made up of students from the eleventh and twelfth grades for the initial year.  Local industry professionals will be asked to be team mentors. CCC will provide the facilities and labs for the team to develop and build their robots. In future years, the number of teams will likely be expanded and the program will include other competitions for elementary and middle schools. The team is expected to compete in the North Carolina state competition with the hopes of attending further regional and national competitions.

First is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology and math. The primary thrust of First is highly compatible with the direction of the Automation Center of Excellence and will be a model for other community colleges to pursue the field of Automation Engineering and implementation of the program from the K-12 through college level.

“Cleveland Community College is pleased to spearhead the First Robotics initiative. We recognize the need to emphasize the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). First helps us instill the love of these subjects in our high school and college students which will help them have successful future careers,” says CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg.

The First team is open to students in all of the county’s five high schools. For more information, contact Mark Gengler at or 704-669-4173.

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