Innovative collaboration creates 4-year engineering degree program on HCC campus
HOUSTON (October 29, 2012) – Houston-area students will now be able to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Texas at Tyler and Houston Community College. In an innovative partnership, students will be able to earn their Associate of Science degree in engineering with a set degree plan qualifying them for transfer to the UT Tyler Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering program. Starting in the spring 2013 semester, students will have the convenience of attending classes for their associate degree and the bachelor’s degree at the newly established UT Tyler Houston Center for Engineering located at HCC’s Alief Campus, 2811 Hayes Road in Houston, Texas. In addition to the convenience of having the opportunity to continue their education locally, this program partnership will save students nearly 50 percent in tuition costs.
Dr. Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor; Dr. Art Tyler, HCC Deputy Chancellor; HCC Board Chair Mary Ann Perez, District III, and HCC Board members Neeta Sane, District VII, and Richard Schechter, District V; Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest, and Bart Sheinberg, Interim Director of Resource and Economic Development for HCC, joined Dr. Rod Mabry, President of UT Tyler; Alisa White, Provost and Vice President for UT Tyler Academic Affairs and Dr. James K. Nelson Jr., Dean of the UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science, to sign the memorandum of understanding at the HCC Administration Building, 3100 Main, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m.
The representatives of both institutions were enthusiastic about the opportunities the partnership will bring to students. Dr. Mabry said, “We are excited about the partnership we’re creating. It’s all about the students and giving them the opportunity to attend two excellent institutions to fulfill their goals. This is the first time in Texas that a two-plus-two program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is available to students. Through this program, we have solved a problem and that’s a national change for students.”
Dr. Spangler said, “We appreciate UT Tyler’s commitment to work with HCC. This is a terrific opportunity for our students. The program will provide a seamless transition into the baccalaureate program and a direct line into good paying jobs with employers who need workers with this level of training and expertise.”
Houston Community College’s and UT Tyler’s leadership recognizes the necessity of steering Texas school children towards mathematics and science. Dr. Hodges, the president of HCC Northwest, emphasized how important it is for students to be calculus-ready to create the new Texas engineering pipeline for employers. Dr. Nelson added that by identifying students early and moving them along will shorten the time invested in their degree, thus saving them money.
The program will offer significant advantages to HCC students when considering transfer to UT Tyler or other engineering schools nationwide. While the program offers exceptional benefits for the student, it is also designed to support the engineering field and the businesses which need to fill highly skilled job opportunities.
“While putting a significant number of students through the engineering pipeline, we need to get the word to students about the kind of jobs that are available,” said Dr. Mabry. “And we need to let local firms know about the talent that is on the way to fill those engineering jobs they so desperately need.”
The total tuition cost for the HCC associate degree and UT Tyler bachelor’s degree in engineering in this program will be around $22,500. For students enrolled at the Alief Early College High School, located on HCC’s Alief Campus, who are concentrating on engineering, the cost will be approximately $16,000.
Students interested in engineering can start registering for the courses offered at HCC during the spring 2013 registration by accessing www.hccs.edu. They need to develop a degree plan through HCC to meet the qualifications for the upper-level work required in the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center program.
About HCC HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu.
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