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Alcorn State receives robots from Nissan

Nissan in Canton is making an investment in education. A donation, worth about $400,000 was given to Alcorn State University Thursday.

The robots were donated byNissan-Canton's Vice President of Manufacturing, Dan Bednarzyk.

Alcorn's chairman of the Department of Advanced Technologies, Dr. Kwabena Agyepong, accepted the gift.

Bednarzyk sees the donation as a win-win proposition for Nissan.

"A student can go in and right off the bat have experience at something like this," said Bednarzyk. "And contribute immediately. It improves the potential for the student and his career and obviously the reputation of the university."

Alcorn instructor Randy Derby welcomes the donation as a way to train students to work at Nissan.

"We can take machines and introduce what companies are looking for," said Derby.

The idea for donating the robots came from a Nissan employee who has worked at the plant since 2004. Jason Derryberry of Vicksburg is also a student at Alcorn.

"We got it pushed up high enough, that everybody recognized what a great idea it was," said Derryberry.

So the bottom line is Nissan is contributing a state of the art robotic welding machine to Alcorn State University, to train students so they can get jobs at the nissan plant.

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