Motlow, TCAT partner to make student transfers easier

Motlow Murfreesboro Vice President Dr. Echelle Eady, TCAT Murfreesboro President Dr. Carol Puryear, and Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence sign an articulation agreement that will make student tranfers easier. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — Motlow State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) –Murfreesboro recently announced a partnership that will create a smooth transfer process for students studying nursing, cyber defense, business office, and mechatronics.

The articulation agreement between the schools will facilitate the transfer of TCAT – Murfreesboro students to Motlow; provide specific advisement for TCAT – Murfreesboro students who intend to transfer to Motlow; and, encourage academic and administrative coordination between the institutions. Transfer students from TCAT – Murfreesboro to Motlow may also receive credit for prior learning and certifications.

“This partnership provides expanded opportunities for students in Rutherford County and surrounding areas,” said Scott Shasteen, Motlow communications director. “Motlow nursing, cyber defense, business office, and mechatronics graduates enjoy high placement rates in high-demand, high-wage occupations.”

In particular TCAT – Murfreesbor LPN graduates will able to more easily transition into the Motlow LPN-RN program.

Students wishing to transfer credits to Motlow must meet the admissions requirements, and Motlow reserves the right to reject any student’s admission in accordance with its standard policies and procedures. Transfer students from TCAT-Murfreesboro will provide an official transcript of completed courses to Motlow.

For more information, visit the Motlow College website by clicking here. •

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Motlow College president named to national board

Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence, shown here giving a speech to the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, was recently appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation. {Photo Provided}

MOORE COUNTY — The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation recently appointed Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence to a three year appointment that extends until June 2023.

The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions, and more than 12 million students.

Motlow’s seventh president recently received other appointments and awards including the PTK Honor Society Presidential Advisory Board, PTK Honor Society International Paragon President Award, GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leader Award, and the Berkeley College Online Advisory Board.

“We are certain that Michael Torrence’s insights and leadership will significantly contribute to the Board’s decision-making process and its ability to serve the interests of all AACC member institutions,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of AACC. “Dedicated leadership is essential to the continued success of community colleges and our association.” •

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MCHS Juniors: Motlow offers free Mechatronics degree

Jesse Donaldson (left) recently graduated with a Mechatronics degree from Motlow before he graduated from Franklin County High School. Jessie is one of 11 graduates to complete the program in May 2020. {Photo Provided}

MOORE COUNTY — Motlow’s dual enrollment program allow Moore County High School (MCHS) juniors to get a jump on their college careers. Many MCHS students graduate high school with their Associates Degree already in hand. Now, Motlow State offers another outstanding educational opportunity for local students … free dual enrollment courses to high school juniors interested in pursuing a degree in Mechatronics.

Mechatronics is a synergy of mechanical, electrical, and computerized technologies that together form a complex system used in product engineering, manufacturing, and packaging operations. Opportunities for employment with a Mechatronics degree are wide-ranging across the business landscape.

“High school juniors are now able to earn an associate degree, at no extra cost to them or their families, while they earn their high school diploma,” said Motlow Administrator of High School Initiatives Sally Pack. “The high demand for qualified employees in Mechatronics, along with this free opportunity, is a win-win for families, area industries, our students, and the college.”

Motlow leads the state in the number of dual enrollment students it matriculates each year. In May 2020, 11 high school seniors became the first graduates from the Middle College Mechatronics program, funded by a grant awarded to Motlow in 2018. Michael Walton of Murfreesboro earned his associate degree in Mechatronics from Motlow and his high school diploma from Oakland in the spring of 2020.

“Earning my Associate Degree in Mechatronics through the Dual Enrollment program at Motlow, with no debt, and graduating from Oakland at the same time gives me a head start on my career,” said Walton. “The program is challenging, the last three months even more so, but I completed it. I’m starting MTSU this fall to earn my bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics.”

The Mechatronics program’s goal is to prepare local students for high-wage employment as high skilled technicians. Many Motlow graduates have gone on to successful careers at Nissan, Bridgestone, and many other Tennessee companies.

“We are very proud of our dual enrollment program in mechatronics,” said Motlow Dean of Career and Technical Programs Fred Rascoe. “High school students are taking advantage of this offering and obtaining their certificate or AAS degree in Mechatronics. They are well on their way toward a gratifying career.”

Motlow Mechatronics is nationally recognized and certified by the Association for Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) as a premier educational program with a high job placement rate of graduates. Motlow Mechatronics instructors have been awarded two National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $1 million in the last three years.

Additional to partnerships with high schools, Motlow engages in 2 + 2 partnerships with universities and colleges. An example is the Mechatronics 2 + 2 partnership with Tennessee State University, allowing Motlow graduates to pursue their bachelor’s degree in mechatronics and remain on a Motlow campus.

For more information, visit the Motlow State website by clicking here. •

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Motlow launches new Digital Archive Project on Dec. 13

Newspaper clippings like this one are part of Motlow College’s new digital archive project. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It all started when Motlow State staff started gathering historic items for their 50th anniversary.

“When we saw the content, we knew these artifacts needed to be featured as one of our celebrated 50th anniversary milestones,” said Terri Bryson, Vice President of External Affairs. “This has been a real labor of love for our library staff. They have worked hard curating and digitizing huge portions of the college’s archival material. It’s important to note, though, this collection exists as a testimony of the faithfullness shared by 50 years of devoted historians and librarians.”

That faithfullness led to a digital archive project that will preserve these one-of-a-kind documents, many which are rapidly deteriorating, for years to come. Motlow staff will unveil the project on Friday, December 13 at the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus from 8-10 a.m. The event will offer a sneak preview of the gallery before the digital site goes live on Christmas Eve.

The project’s already helping students, the college says.

“As new students become aware of the site, they learn more about the creation and presentation of recent historical events, particularly regional events that influence their lives today. As historians assert, learning about the past informs the present.”

The resource will also serve as wonderful collection of primary source documents related to the college and the areas that surround each campus.

It’s been designed with our new social lives in mind. A social media plug-in within the digital archives allows user to share items directly that have rarely been seen outside the library walls. An additional Google analytics plug-in also allow Motlow to monitor the sites traffic and user statistics, which will help them as they build future digital platforms.

“Our hope is that easy access to this collection of memorable content will help alumni reconnect with their alma mater and become champions for our next 50 years,” said Motlow’s Director of Libraries Chris Bryant.

The Motlow Library Digital Archive will go live Dec. 24 as a special holiday gift to the college’s social media followers. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit motlow.com/digitalarchive … on Twitter and Instagram, follow @MotlowState … on Facebook, follow @MotlowStateCC.•

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Motlow scholarship an example of targeted giving with a specific goal

Pictured (from left to right) are Drew Hooker, director of EMS education; Ashleigh Whaley, EMS student and Smith Scholarship recipient; Mandy Smith, daughter of John Smith; Debra Smith, John Smith’s widow and interim dean of students; Pat Hendrix, dean of nursing and allied health; Mark Miller, nursing student and Smith Scholarship recipient; and Amy Holder, director of nursing.

LOCAL NEWS | Education — Sepsis exists as a real problem for America’s healthcare facilities. It happens when your body triggers an extreme chain reaction in response to an infection. Hospital patients, especially those over the age of 65 and suffering with chronic disease, are especially susceptible. It affects more than 1.5 million U.S. patients annually and is estimated to be responsible for as many as one in three hospital deaths.

When Fayetteville resident John J. Smith died from sepsis, his family members decided be part of the solution by funding an annual scholarship targeted at sepsis prevention. They collaborated with Motlow Nursing Dean Pat Hendrix to develop the John Smith Memorial Scholarship. Motlow College awarded the first annual scholarships to two area students recently: nursing student Mark Miller and EMS student Ashleigh Whaley. The Smith family will fund the annual scholarship for the next five years.

It’s an example of targeted giving aimed at positive social change … specifically increasing sepsis awareness and reducing the number of preventable deaths. It’s part of an combined effort that’s pushed Motlow to the forefront of national sepsis education. During September and in conjunction with National Sepsis Awareness Month, Motlow State and the Smith family partnered to present Think Sepsis First, a conference that informed hundreds of students and healthcare professionals about the dangers of sepsis.

“The Sepsis conference was a wonderful event for us to help initiate and sponsor, and we believe the impact of the conference will be far reaching in saving lives. But as a family we wanted to do more,” said Debra Smith, John Smith’s widow. “Joining hands with the Foundation to annually provide a nursing and an EMS student with educational financial support seemed perfect to our family. John always gave so much to his community, his work, and those he cared about. It means so much to us to remember John in this special way, and to continue to push for greater sepsis awareness.”

Motlow Foundation Executive Director Lane Yoder encourages donors to give with a purpose and specific goals in mind. Anyone interested in targeted, goal-driven educational giving should contact Yoder at 931-393-1692 or lyoder@mscc.edu. •

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Class of 2020: TN Promise applications now open

Class of 2020 students who apply for the TN Promise Scholarship may use it at Motlow State Community College and other two-year programs. {Photo Provided}

STATE NEWS — Applications for the TN Promise scholarship, which provides two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college, opened on August 1. All high school seniors interested in the scholarship must register online before November 1 to be qualified.

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology including the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville and Motlow State Community College.

Applications are available at www.TNpromise.gov. The site also contains a handy checklist for students (and parents) to make sure they meet all relevant deadlines. •

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