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HCC, UT Tyler to sign agreement – Innovative collaboration creates 4-year Engineering Degree Program on HCC Campus

HOUSTON (October 22, 2012) – Houston Community College and the University of Texas at Tyler have created a partnership through the development of an innovative, four-year Engineering Degree program on the HCC campus in Alief. The new program will allow students to obtain an Engineering degree in the normal four-year time period from UT Tyler, without any dislocation from the HCC Alief campus, while saving nearly 50% in their tuition costs. While beneficial for the student, the program is also designed to support the engineering field and the businesses which need to fill highly skilled job opportunities.

“HCC has worked hard to be flexible and to be supportive of local industry with innovative and forward thinking partnerships and programs,” explained Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor. “We continue to work to remain at the forefront of what community colleges can provide for its students and local workforce. This historic partnership with UT Tyler is yet another example of how we are working to keep Houston working.”

Dr. Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor, and HCC Board of Trustee members Sandie Mullins, District VI; Neeta Sane, District VII; and Richard Schechter, District V, will join Dr. Rod Mabry, President of UT Tyler and Dr. James K. Nelson Jr. of the UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science to sign the Memorandum of Understanding at the HCC Administration Building, 3100 Main, Tuesday, October 22 at 9:30 a.m.

With this agreement, Houston-area students will have the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree in Engineering with a set degree plan qualifying them for transfer to the UT Tyler Bachelors 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’s degree and the bachelor’s degree at the newly established UT Tyler’s Houston Center for Engineering located at HCC’s Alief Campus, 2811 Hayes Rd in Houston, Texas.

“We are committed to listening to our students, our community’s leaders and the businesses that drive our local area,” said Neeta Sane, HCC Trustee District VII. “This partnership provides real, meaningful value to all for whom we are entrusted to serve. I am so pleased that my colleagues, the administration and the leadership of UT Tyler were able to bring this level of innovation to Houston and the Alief community.”

The total tuition cost for the HCC associate’s 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 HCCHCC 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.

Contact:Lesa Spivey
Office of HCC Communications
P 713.718.5438
E communications@hccs.edu

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