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Carroll Launches Engineering Courses

Release Date: 3/19/2010

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College


Carroll Community College Launches Engineering Courses
Students Begin Engineering Studies in Fall, 2010

Westminster, Md., March 19, 2010--Students interested in pursuing careers in engineering have a new educational option. Carroll Community College (Carroll) will for the first time offer courses in engineering this fall. An affordable, convenient path is now available for students to transfer to four-year engineering programs in Maryland. This fall, students can begin to prepare at Carroll to compete in the workforce for high-in-demand careers in the Baltimore-Washington business corridor and beyond.

"I am pleased to respond to workforce needs by adding engineering at Carroll," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. " It is important to give students options about where they can prepare for a technical career."

 "Carroll Community College has launched the introduction of courses in the fields of electrical engineering and computer systems engineering. Both areas of study have solid career prospects," said Dr. James Ball, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Carroll.  "Current students at the college, high school graduates, and career changers in the workforce with math/science aptitude may likely pursue engineering at Carroll."

Students who choose to begin their engineering studies at Carroll will experience lower costs, small class size, and the convenience of studying close to home. The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

Carroll is reaching out to prospective students in several ways. Engineering faculty will present information to high school staff who offer guidance to their students about college and career options. Concurrently enrolled students who are in the junior or senior years of high school and take a course or two at Carroll are another potential market.

Vincent T. Oakley, director of Field Engineering and Services at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, is pleased to see more colleges taking the initiative of offering engineering programs. " "The need for engineers and scientists is persistent and one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. Considering the numbers of engineers relative to the overall demographics of the workforce, there is a deficit of young people considering technical career fields,"  said Oakley, whose office is located in the Sykesville, Maryland facility.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

This spring, the dedicated faculty team at Carroll that is shepherding engineering studies is busy preparing labs and curricula for the inaugural students who will christen the new field of study at Carroll in fall, 2010.



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