DPSCD partners with FANUC to launch new robotics training program at two Detroit high schools

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and FANUC America, a leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, today unveil a new robotics training program to prepare Denby High School and Pershing High School students for careers and post-secondary studies in advanced manufacturing. The program will give students access to hands-on learning and certified training on eight FANUC robots installed at the schools.

“This partnership is a reflection of the District’s commitment to prepare students for college and career readiness,” said DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “As a District, we recognize it is our responsibility to ensure our students have access to curriculum and training that reflects today’s workforce, and an education that prepares them to compete in the skilled trades industry or prepare them for a successful college pathway.”

The first career-related program offered at Denby and Pershing high schools, the FANUC Certified Automation Training (CERT) program will give hands-on experience in robot operations to 11th and 12th grade students as an elective course. Students who complete the one-year program then qualify to take a national assessment examination to receive the FANUC Certified Robot Operator I Certification and compete for jobs in this industry sector.

“We’re excited that Detroit Public Schools has implemented our Certified Education RobotTraining (CERT) program at Pershing and Denby high schools,” said Paul Aiello, director of education, FANUC America. “Students who participate in these programs and receive certifications will be qualified to fill a variety of high-demand and high-paying careers in robotics and advanced manufacturing.”

FANUC America’s educational outreach extends to all levels of instruction from early childhood education through the university level. FANUC’s CERT program has been implemented in 724 high schools across the country and 63 in Michigan. Students who complete this hands-on training program will be keenly positioned for high-demand, high-wage jobs – especially with the growing demand in Southeast Michigan where local employers are already expressing interest in partnering with DPSCD to offer students who are enrolled in the FANUC program internship opportunities.

About FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.
FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com.

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