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Eet With A Specialty: The Coupling Of An Associate Degree And A Certificate

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.404.1 - 6.404.7

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Cecil Beeson

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William Gay

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Session 2648

EET with A Specialty: “The Coupling of an Associate Degree and A Certificate”

In a decade of declining engineering technology enrollments and engineering technology associate degree graduates one electrical engineering technology associate degree program sought to counter the trend. The method used was to implement technical specialty certificates that an engineering technology student earns while completing the associate degree. Some of the advantages of this approach are that the student earns an associate degree that is transferable into a four-year baccalaureate degree program and a technical specialty certificate in which a he or she gains practical and up-to-date technical skills. The degree/certificate combination allows a student the option of immediate employment upon graduation or transfer into a four-year program.

This article traces the development of a computer and network maintenance certificate and discusses plans for the development of an avionics certificate. These certificates were selected in an attempt to meet community needs, to collaborate with local businesses, and to provide EET students exciting and challenging educational and career opportunities. The first certificate discussed is Computer Systems Support, which is in place and receiving considerable interest on the part of students and employers. The second certificate, which is in avionics, will be proposed this year and implemented during the 2001-2002 academic year. A detailed discussion of the curricular, instructional and laboratory requirements of both certificates programs will be presented.

EET with A Specialty: “The Coupling of an Associate Degree and A Certificate”

William Gay, Cecil Beeson University of Cincinnati Clermont

Picture a growing two-year branch campus of a major urban university. Overall student enrollments since its inception have steadily, and at times dramatically, increased over a quarter of a century. It has constructed new buildings and facilities, developed and provided new technical and transfer programs, and established a working rapport with the community that it serves. Yet amidst all this plenty an important technical program lies almost dormant due to lack of interest on the part of potential students. The program has quality faculty, adequate facilities, and numerous employment possibilities for it co-op students and graduates. It is also providing “Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Beeson, C., & Gay, W. (2001, June), Eet With A Specialty: The Coupling Of An Associate Degree And A Certificate Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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