Engineering A Career

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Students planning a career in engineering will find transferring from Forsyth Tech to a four-year university much easier from now on. The college introduced a new Associate in Engineering (AE) program at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Collaborating on a joint project called Engineering Pathways, the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina developed an articulation agreement that allows community college students with an AE degree to transfer to a four year engineering program at five universities in the UNC system.

The new AE degree includes all the prerequisites needed to enter the engineering programs at East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University. All credits from AE students’ community college courses will be recognized by the universities, which means students will no longer need to take additional or duplicate courses. But that doesn’t guarantee acceptance at those universities. They still need to go through the application process.

“Unlike an AAS degree in Engineering Technology, the Associate in Engineering is not a terminal degree, it’s a transfer program,” says Sharilyn Owens, Ph.D., mathematics department chair, Associate in Engineering Program Coordinator and Faculty Learning Communities Facilitator. “We provide physics, chemistry, calculus and all the other courses students need in the first two years of a four-year degree,” she explains.

One of those courses is Introduction to Engineering, which familiarizes students with the various branches of engineering. When they choose a senior institution, they’ll select one that offers the type of engineering they want to specialize in.

“We’ve had a lot of supportive feedback from the senior institutions,” Sharilyn says. “They’re excited about having our students come to their universities.”