SOUTHFIELD—Officials from Lawrence Technological University and Oakland Community College have announced a pre-engineering articulation agreement that will make it easier for OCC graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in various engineering disciplines at LTU.
Teams from both institutions gathered in September to celebrate the agreement and begin building additional collaborations and partnerships between the two Oakland County educational institutions.
The pre-engineering agreement provides an OCC student 66 to 69 credit hours that will seamlessly transfer to LTU in an engineering discipline. OCC students who follow this path will only need an additional 59 to 62 credit hours to earn an engineering bachelor’s degree accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc., the nonprofit organization that accredits higher education programs in applied and natural sciences, computing, and engineering.
“America faces a critical shortage of engineers and technical professionals, and we are happy to enter this agreement to help fill the future talent pipeline,” LTU President Tarek M. Sobh said. “LTU is one of only 13 private, comprehensive, technological universities in the country, and we are proud to provide that education to the great students of OCC.”
OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano Jr. said this kind of agreement will provide a standard in the future to support OCC students’ advancement in higher education. LTU and OCC plan to develop further collaborations in scholarship funding, concurrent enrollment, internships, co-op employment opportunities, and housing. Both the Chancellor and the President vowed to create an innovative partnership that will be available to Oakland County students.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. The Wall Street Journal ranks LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, theory and practice education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.