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Technology Interface International Journal








Students coming from families with low household incomes often cannot afford to rely on a regular pathway from high school to the university because of college tuition rates. Other students might not seek out available opportunities in their guidance counselors' offices to learn about existing scholarships or learn about different engineering technology or engineering careers. There are also students, who realize that a four-year university degree is not always necessary to find a career that matches their skills and talents. They may also have another educational path to receive a technician, engineering technology, or engineering degree, such as technical or dual enrollment program, with the option of returning to college later. Career and technical education (CTE) opportunities can assist students in breaking out of the poverty cyle, as many technical jobs offer salaries higher than minimum wage.

An important factor of technical education success, and filling the technical pipeline to further education, is to provide integration of industry knowledge with traditional, academic training related to the core requirements necessary for further education. Some programs have an embedded mechatronics curriculum in their current courses. Some high schools participate in robotics competitions, which can serve as an excellent pipeline to the STEM workforce, especially in the area of advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and robotics. In this paper, the authors provide an overview of various opportunities related to engineering technology pathways, more specifically, career-related information related to mechatronics.


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Jovanovic, V., Popescu, O., Katsioloudis, P., Djuric, A. M., Tomovic, M., Stout, T., & Lagesse, R. R. (2017). Career and technical education and its relationship to engineering technology pathways in marine mechatronics. Technology Interface International Journal, 17(2), 50-57.


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