New Robotics Program Gets Help from Victor Valley College Foundation

VVcollegeBy Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Victor Valley College will add new courses and certificates in the field of Robotics with a little help the Victor Valley College Foundation.  Electronics and Computer Technology Instructor Khalid Rubayi was named as a recipient of a 2013 Fall Campus Grant to support his plans for the new program.

“With the current trends in industry automations, there is a steady and growing demand in the high desert and vicinity for people with backgrounds and experiences in robotics and industrial automations,” said Rubayi in his application.

College faculty has developed curriculum for the new program and other grant funds have also been used to purchase robotics technology; the Foundation grant will allow the start-up program to purchase competition grade robotics kits and a 3D printer.  The equipment will allow students to design and prototype various components used in building robots and to apply what they learn in regional and national robotics competitions.

“Several local high schools already participate in robotics competitions and have robotics classes. Our program will allow them to continue work in robotics concurrently or when they finish high school and to obtain a college level certificate in the field.” said Rubayi.

The grant was provided as part of the Victor Valley College Foundation Campus Grants program which awards up to $2,500 in funding to help faculty and staff implement projects that enhance the educational experience for students.  Five grants were provided during the Fall 2013 grant cycle.  These supported Robotics, Model United Nations, Kinesiology, Automotive and Diesel programs at Victor Valley College.

Victor Valley College Campus Grants are provided from proceeds of the Foundation’s Annual Fund.

“When donors give to our Annual Fund we can help the college to do great things for students,” said Don Brown, President of the Victor Valley College Foundation.  “The Annual Fund gives us the flexibility to respond to urgent needs and innovative solutions.  Gifts to the Annual Fund have the broadest reach and touch the most lives.”

The Foundation’s Annual Fund is supported by charitable gifts, online donations memberships in groups like the President’s Circle and through proceeds of fundraising events.   To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, visit www.vvcfoundation.com.

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