IHCC, University of Iowa develop engineering program
OTTUMWA — Representatives of Indian Hills Community College and the University of Iowa will formally sign an articulation agreement for an engineering program at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Main Building’s board room on the Ottumwa campus.
A meeting for students interested in enrolling in the program and their parents is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in room 116 of the Main Building.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, students interested in engineering careers can begin working toward a bachelor of science degree in engineering at Indian Hills. Upon the completion of the 1.5-year curriculum, students will be able to transfer to Iowa as a second-semester sophomore.
The new engineering program will prepare students to continue at University of Iowa in any of the following disciplines: biomedical engineering, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.
The new transfer program will provide students a pathway toward an engineering degree and, ultimately, a career as science, technology, engineering and math professionals. Those fields are experiencing a shortage of professionals.
Students choosing to begin their engineering studies at Indian Hills will be able to take advantage of the college’s lower tuition costs and low student-to-instructor ratios.
Attending the articulation agreement signing and the introductory meeting from the University of Iowa will be David Rethwisch, chemical and biochemical engineering professor, and Megan Allen, director of tutoring/academic advisor. Marlene Sprouse, vice president of academic affairs; Darlas Shockley, dean of arts and sciences; and Gilbert Nebgen, associate professor of science and mathematics, will represent Indian Hills.