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CERRO COSO ANNOUNCES ENGINEERING DEGREE PARTNERSHIP WITH CSU, LONG BEACH
March 4, 2011
Ridgecrest, California… Earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering will get a whole lot easier for Cerro Coso Community College engineering students beginning this fall. California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will begin offering degree completion programs in Engineering in the greater Antelope Valley starting in the fall of 2011.
An information meeting about the new four-year program will be held at Cerro Coso Community College on Monday, March 7, 2011 in the Main Building Room 334 at 6 p.m. The program is a shared commitment between CSULB, industry, government partners, and community colleges to ensure that our region has access to high quality and affordable engineering education. "CSU, Long Beach has carefully researched and evaluated the implementation of this program to ensure the sustainability of this educational opportunity for our students," stated Heather Ostash, Vice President of Student Services at Cerro Coso. Students must complete their first and second year course work at a community college or university prior to enrolling into the CSULB Program. Classes will be held at the Lancaster University Center (LUC).
Recognizing local potential a collaborative effort has been made to train and retain highly skilled engineers from within Cerro Coso's service area. The college launched a new Engineering Program in January of 2009 with the generous assistance of local industry leaders. "Cerro Coso Community College has a long history of preparing students for careers in many areas. With the introduction of this new four-year degree program with Cal State University, Long Beach, Cerro Coso students interested in a career in electrical and mechanical engineering will now have a local pathway to a Bachelor of Science Degree. A degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering can open the door to many possible exciting career choices for our students," said Ostash.
The Lancaster University Center's location will offer students sound educational foundation, competent faculty with excellent teaching and mentoring skills, state-of-the art facilities, and unprecedented access to industry professionals, real-world engineering projects, and internships with local companies.
"It's exciting to be able to work with educational, industry, and government leaders and develop a program like this at a time when budgets are non-existent. This would not be possible without their support and is a real testimony to what we can accomplish when we work together," stated Cerro Coso President, Jill Board.
All interested individuals are invited to attend the Program Information Session on Monday, March 7th at 6 p.m. in the Main Building, Room 334. Visit www.ccpe.csulb.edu/engineering to find out more about the program and to register for the information session.
For more information call the CSULB Customer Service Center at (800) 963-2250.
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