The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has officially approved Durham Tech’s request to offer the Associate in Engineering degree program this fall.
Durham Tech will be among the first community colleges in the state to offer the new program, which was established with a universal articulation agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and the five UNC System institutions that offer Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees. Those institutions are N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina University, and Western Carolina University.
After completing the Associate in Engineering program, graduates may apply to transfer into one of the five four-year universities without taking additional, sometimes duplicative, courses, said Tracy Mancini, Dean of the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department at Durham Tech.
“Many of our students already are planning to transfer into engineering programs at four-year institutions. We’re excited to offer our students a new program that will provide them with additional course selection guidance and a seamless transfer opportunity,” Mancini said.
“The Associate in Engineering program will give our students an opportunity to study and prepare for promising careers in engineering,” added Durham Tech President Bill Ingram. “Durham Tech continues to build on its exhaustive course offerings and the Engineering program is the latest example of our commitment to meeting the community’s needs.”
The Associate in Engineering is the second new program approved for Durham Tech this summer. The college also will offer an Associate in Fine Arts degree beginning this fall semester.
The Associate in Fine Arts program will provide students with opportunities to develop studio and conceptual art skills and to build portfolios that will help them transfer into four-year visual arts programs.