Feature: New Mechatronics degree at Highland ready to produce marketable students

New Mechatronics degree at Highland ready to produce marketable students When a Highland graduate of the study of Mechatronics enters the industry workforce, they bring with them a wide range of skills that local and regional employers are seeking. These graduates have experience with electronics, pneumatics and hydraulics, sensors and motors. The graduate is well versed in welding machining...
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Mechatronics Career Opportunities

The field of Mechatronics combines all aspects of mechanical, electronic, and computer engineering in order to increase efficiency in production of manufactured goods. This is a field of study that deals with fluid mechanics, control theory and some computerized robotics. The job outlook in this field of study is growing as the need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and...
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Faculty Spotlight: Steve Gellings

For the past 29 years, Steve Gellings has seen a lot of changes in the electronic world. As electronics instructor at Highland Community College, he has been the kind of teacher that promotes hands-on learning. In the age of Mechatronics, he said a whole new world has opened up to his students in the field that combines electronics and machines. Mechatronics is one of the 10 emerging technologies...
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Graduate Profile: Kyle Woodruff

Growing up in South Wayne, Wisconsin, Kyle Woodruff heard good things about the study of electronics at Highland. He said he likes to work with his hands and looked at a career in maintenance or electronics. Woodruff looked at schools close to home, but the draw toward getting his education at Highland was stronger. Graduating in 2014 with certificates in Maintenance Technician, Welding and...

Graduate Profile: Patrick McNamer

When Patrick McNamer of Davis lost his job of 28 years, he attended Highland Community College as a non-traditional student looking for a new career that could help him support his family and offer him a new challenge. He was part of a state-funded job retraining program to attend school, but what he quickly learned is through higher education, he not only was able to get a job of his dreams, but...

HCC recognizes Alex Jansen for Friends of the Fine Arts scholarship

Alex Jansen of Freeport, a student in the Mass Communication program at Highland Community College, was recognized at the fourth annual Friends of the Fine Arts (FoFA) student scholarship recognition reception in May at Fieldstone Inn in Freeport. During the reception, those in attendance were able to view some of Jansen’s work including excerpts from a video he produced that was awarded a...
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Highland adds an Associate of Science in Environmental Science

An increasing number of Highland students studying chemistry and biology have been transferring on to four-year institutions to seek degrees in Environmental Science. Seeing a need to introduce the study of environmental science earlier, students can get an Associate of Science in Environmental Science at Highland beginning this fall. The program is intended to provide the first two years of a...

The HCC Foundation prepares for Shindig VI: Luau at King’s Island

Are the tropics calling your name? Palm trees, sandy beaches, and fruity drinks sound ideal? Feel like taking a Hawaiian vacation? It’s easier – and closer – than you might think. Guests at the Highland Community College Foundation’s Shindig VI will feel as if they are transported to their own private Hawaiian island… all without leaving northwest Illinois. They’ll be tourists to the...