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Advanced Automation and Robotics Center

Advanced Automation and Robotics Center


The Advanced Automation and Robotics Center The Advanced Automation and Robotics Center The Advanced Automation and Robotics Center

Welcome to the Advanced Automation and Robotics Center (AARC). A joint effort between the University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College, the Greater Memphis Chamber, and the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), the AARC has been funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (grant #MI-35528-20-60-A-47) to provide the Mid-South with an automation and robotics resource that will improve the lives of those in the Mid-South and make the area a desired location for companies who need a talented, educated workforce. 


The mission of the AARC is to provide internationally recognized, certificate-based technical training to our military veterans, the unemployed and the under employed, allowing them to develop skills they may not be able to otherwise acquire.


The vision of the AARC is to ensure that the Mid-South region has a highly trained, technologically oriented workforce, making the area the top choice for companies looking to relocate or open new facilities. 

Southwest Tennessee Community College will provide training opportunities in: 

  • Robotics programming (basic programming, advanced programming)
  • Robotics maintenance 
  • Material handling
  • Equipment skills training
  • Automated material
  • Handling maintenance and repair skills
  • Handling equipment 
  • Network skills 

These training opportunities have the potential to lead participants into a technical certificate or an AAS degree in Mechatronics. Information about the Mechatronics program at Southwest Tennessee Community College can be found here (https://www.southwest.tn.edu/mechatronics/)

Contact Us

  • Robin Cole Jr., D.Sc. Dean, Business and Technologies
  • 901-333-4655
  • Karen Taylor, Administrative Assistant
  • 901-333-4121
  • Carlton Greene, Associate Dean
  • 901-333-4006
  • Dr. Aaron Jagers, Department Head Engineering Technology
  • 901-333-4288