WKU offers engineering
The mayors of Kentucky’s two largest cities are calling for more funding to train more engineers as a way to expand manufacturing clout. We couldn’t agree more. Helping Kentucky produce more engineers will provide a significant boost in the Commonwealth’s efforts to attract more jobs in the manufacturing sector.
We at Western Kentucky University are already providing access to engineering programs that support economic growth and workforce development in the southcentral Kentucky region and beyond.
For 10 years, WKU has offered undergraduate degree programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. We have graduated more than 450 engineers over that time, including 64 during the 2012-13 academic year.
These programs are nationally accredited, led by highly-credentialed faculty using state-of-the-art facilities. We work closely with our 10 industrial partners who provide leadership, financial support and internship/employment opportunities. Our graduates are helping meet the needs of regional industry, pursuing advanced degrees, serving as officers in the military and becoming licensed professional engineers. In addition, WKU offers the only Flood Plain Management certificate program in the United States and a certificate in land surveying.
The programs at WKU are geared toward project-based learning in small classes. Our students are consistently successful in concrete canoe, steel bridge and baja vehicle competitions. They build robots, mechanical first responders and submersibles. They work on collaborative projects with several of our industrial partners to address real needs and solve real problems.
The WKU engineering programs are supporting the Statewide Strategy in Engineering by increasing the number of baccalaureate engineers in Kentucky and providing greater geographic access and productivity in engineering education. The WKU’s engineering programs have a healthy undergraduate enrollment, successful graduates, engaged faculty, modern facilities and industrial and community partners suggests.
By the way, want to know what the world would be like without engineers? Just watch the video on our website: http://www.wku.edu/engineering/.
Dr. Cheryl Stevens, dean, Ogden College of Science and Engineering, Western Kentucky University
WKU offers engineering
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Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
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