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February 22, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

February 22, 2013

The University of Texas at Tyler is currently accepting students for a program developed to meet the growing demand for more engineers in Texas, Dr. Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced.

UT Tyler, in partnership with Houston Community College, has established the UT Tyler Houston Center for Engineering to help engineering students earn a four-year degree.

Beginning this fall, Houston area students will have the convenience of taking HCC and UT Tyler courses at the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center, located on the HCC Alief-Hayes Campus.

Through course offerings at the Houston Engineering Center, students may obtain both an HCC associate’s degree and UT Tyler bachelor’s degree in either electrical or mechanical engineering for about $20,000, making it one of the most affordable baccalaureate engineering degrees in the state.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for students who want to earn an engineering degree and begin their studies at one of the excellent community colleges in the region,” said Dr. James Nelson, UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science dean. “We in the college are excited to be able to work with the many exceptional students in Houston and provide them with this opportunity, with the same education as students receive in Tyler. By pursuing this option students will be able to live at home, which reduces the total cost of education even further.”

The program will offer civil engineering beginning fall 2014.

This is the first time in Texas that a highly coordinated associate’s degree program and baccalaureate engineering program has been available to students. Because of the coordination, transfer students will be able to complete a bachelor’s engineering degree in a very timely matter, he added.

The program is also aimed to support the engineering field and the businesses that offer highly skilled job opportunities.

For more information, contact Jennifer Scott, UT Tyler engineering recruiter, 903.565.5716 or jscott@uttyler.edu; or Nelson, 903.566.7267 or jnelson@uttyler.edu.

Composed of six colleges serving the Greater Houston area, HCC offers associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester.

UT Tyler has an enrollment of almost 7,000 students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as two doctoral programs.
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