Suncoast Technical College Receives $48,000 Grant to Fund Advanced Manufacturing Program

SARASOTA, FL - RND Automation has presented a check for $48,000 to Suncoast Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Program from a grant from PMMI (Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies). This is to help further fund advanced manufacturing and automation equipment, teacher training, plus a robotics club sponsorship.

RND Automation has previously donated multiple custom automation machines to equip students with industry standard devices. As a member of PMMI, RND applied for a matching funds grant in STC’s name.

“Part of the reason we’re involved with STC is because we want to help direct the types of skills and the education that the students are receiving so that it better mirrors what we’re looking for.” Sean Dotson, the President and CEO of RND Automation commented.

Through this partnership, RND Automation has hired several students and is excited about the prospect of hiring more students in the future. “My training at STC helped prepare me for my career by teaching me the shop skills I needed for a career in mechanical assembly.” Said Chris Nicola, a graduate of the Advanced Manufacturing Program.

About Suncoast Technical College:

Suncoast Technical College is committed to providing high-quality technical education to meet the ever-changing workforce demands of both our community and country. As an affiliate of Sarasota County Schools, we believe each student has diverse abilities and aptitudes, and passionately help our students reach their highest potential, and beyond. Suncoast Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 800-917-2081 / FAX: 770-396-3790, The STC Main Campus is located on the corner of Beneva and Proctor Road in Sarasota. Other locations include our North Port Branch, Fire Science Academy Extension and Alta Vista Extension.

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About RND Automation:

Founded in 2005 and based in Lakewood Ranch, FL, RND Automation designs, engineers, and integrates automation solutions for packaging and assembly applications in the medical device, life sciences, durable goods, and consumer products sectors, among others.  Core offerings include platform-agnostic robotics and vision systems integration and custom and standard packaging and assembly automation equipment. For more information, please visit