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NMC, Michigan Tech Create Program For Credit Transfers

By Beth Milligan | Aug. 8, 2019

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Michigan Technological University (MTU) have developed a new 2+2 degree program designed to "increase student completion and reduce the cost for engineering students by formalizing agreements between the two institutions to accept and award credit for classes taken," according to an NMC release.

The agreement is part of MTU's exploration of new possibilities and partners in the Grand Traverse area.

NMC President Timothy J. Nelson and Michigan Tech President Richard J. Koubek signed the seven new articulation agreements Wednesday at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus in Traverse City (pictured). The articulations will begin in fall of 2019, allowing engineering students to take their first two years at NMC, then transfer to Michigan Tech as a junior.

NMC Sciences Department Head Jerry Dobek helped design the articulations. “This agreement creates a new pipeline for engineering students more likely to complete their four-year degree at Michigan Tech and provides cost savings for students by allowing them to take their first two years at NMC," he says. "These agreements will really give our students a much stronger pathway to success.”

The engineering programs include biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mechanical engineering technology, and electrical engineering technology. Students who complete the 2+2 program will be able to earn both an associate degree in science and arts at NMC and their bachelor of science in engineering in one of seven programs at Michigan Tech. Work on the agreements between NMC and Michigan Tech started 18 months ago, though the first 2+2 program between the schools was created in 1990. The new set of agreements "reflects how engineering programs have changed over the years and how graduation requirements have become more specialized," the NMC release states.

NMC has articulation agreements in place with 35 educational institutions for more than 100 programs.

 

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