The Advanced Technologies Institute will allow students to enroll for classes at CSCC, attend those classes 2 days per week (available at the Cleveland and Monroe County locations) and work at one of the industry partners the other 3 days of the week. The degree will be completed in 2 years with the students earning a minimum of $13.80/hr. Salary increases may be provided to qualifying, advancing students.

Curriculum & Accreditation

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Cleveland State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).


Expectations/Retention Requirements

Students accepted into the Advanced Technologies Institute will have the opportunity to work side by side professionals in the advanced technology field. These personnel are individuals who are good problem solvers, proficient in math, reading and comprehension skills. They are highly motivated and willing to help their company perform to high quality and safety standards, therefore participants will be expected to:

  • Be at work on time whenever scheduled.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Bring any necessary work gear.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Comply with ALL safety policies and employment guidelines established by the employer.

Once a student has completed their Advanced Technology degree there is no obligation to continue working for the industry partner, and there is no guarantee the student will be offered a full-time position with the industry partner.


In order to remain in the Advanced Technologies Institute the participant must be in good standing with both CSCC and the industry partner for which the student is assigned. All Advanced Technologies Institute students must:

  1. Maintain a “C” or higher in all major classes.
  2. Follow the guidelines presented by the employer to maintain employment.
  3. Attend and participate in CSCC/Advanced Technologies Institute events which may include but are not limited to, FYS meetings, recruitment activities, and promotional events.

If employment is terminated for ANY reason or the student receives a grade lower than a “C” in any class, the student will not be permitted to remain in the Advanced Technologies Institute, but will be able to continue in the student’s selected academic program.

The Technology division at CSCC has a success coach that is available to work with students and any barriers they may have in completing the program. The Advanced Technology Institute students will also have a coordinator available for them throughout his/her time in the Institute.