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St. Clair College buys robots that remove barriers for students

St. Clair College buys robots that remove barriers for students

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St. Clair College used a $20,000 donation to purchase two more robots that will help break down academic and social barriers for students with developmental disabilities.

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Atura Power made the donation to help the college purchase the Temi robots for the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program.

The program gives people with developmental disabilities and other significant learning challenges the opportunity to experience college life, gain post-secondary education and prepare for employment.

“We want students in our CICE program to feel connected to St. Clair College,” said President Patti France. “These Temi robots will help our CICE students develop the vocational skills needed to find work and become independent. We are so grateful to Atura Power for being a community partner and supporting our goal for inclusiveness in the classroom.”

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The college already had three of the robots. It will buy two more, in time for its September launch.

The robots can guide CICE students to their classes, make presentations for those with speech impediments or who are non-verbal, and read test questions to those who can’t read.

“Atura Power is very proud to support the communities where we live, work and learn,” said Geoff Saunders, manager of Atura’s Brighton Beach power plant. “Our donation to the CICE program is an example of how Atura is acting on a core value of inclusiveness, as it has helped the university purchase two Temi robots that will support students in overcoming some of the obstacles in their path to productive and valued members of our community.”

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