PUC, Ivy Tech form new agreement for engineering students

2013-07-18T13:44:00Z 2013-10-29T12:54:16Z PUC, Ivy Tech form new agreement for engineering studentsBy Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Engineering students enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College will benefit from an articulation agreement between Ivy Tech and Purdue University Calumet that could allow them to earn a bachelor degree in engineering.

The agreement allows any student from Ivy Tech Community College statewide who has earned an associate of science degree from Ivy Tech to transfer into any of Purdue Calumet's baccalaureate degree engineering programs including mechanical, electrical, civil or computer.

Purdue University Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon and Ivy Tech North Central Chancellor Thomas Coley signed the engineering articulation agreement Thursday at the Hammond campus.

Purdue Calumet officials say they have had agreements with Ivy Tech in the past but it was limited to students who graduated from Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. This agreement expands the transfer opportunities to pre-engineering graduates of all 14 Ivy Tech campuses statewide.

More specifically, the agreement calls for Ivy Tech pre-engineering graduates with a grade point average of at least 2.5 to transfer and apply a minimum of 59 credit hours to any of Purdue's Bachelor of Science engineering programs.

Margaret Semmer, Ivy Tech vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success, called it an "exciting opportunity" for students wanting to earn a bachelor's degree from Purdue University.

Ivy Tech Dean of Applied Science and Engineering Technology Abdalla Hazaimeh said a two-year degree has no career path. He said there are about 56 students currently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest in Gary and another group enrolled at the North Central campus in South Bend bringing the number to more than 70 students who could go on to Purdue Calumet, earning a baccalaureate degree in engineering.

Hazaimeh said, "This will be a great avenue to sell our program."

Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ralph Rogers said it will be a great program in that it meets the needs of students. "We've built a strong engineering program, and it will be even stronger with this agreement. This is part of the state's mission and strategy for workforce development. It will give more students an opportunity to fulfill their goal to earn a four-year degree."

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