CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University and Isothermal Community College will offer courses leading toward the bachelor's degree in engineering technology this fall.

An information session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 7, in Room 10 of Building 11 (the Applied Sciences Building) on the ICC campus in Spindale. Pre-registration is not required.

The program enables persons who are employed in manufacturing and related careers to pursue the bachelor's degree through part-time evening study. The degree's focus is industrial and manufacturing operations. All classes are offered through classroom or Web-enhanced study.

“With the economic situation as it is in Rutherford County, our program is a great asset for people with associate degrees who are place-bound with family, job, and other responsibilities,” said William McDaniel, program director and assistant professor in the department of engineering and technology at Western.

“It is now possible for those students to earn their engineering technology degrees right here at home in three and a half years,” McDaniel said.

Applicants must have completed a two-year associate's degree in a technical area. The typical student enrolled in the program will complete the degree in four years of part-time study.

For Donna Jolley-Houser, an engineering associate with Parker Hannifin Corp., earning her engineering degree in 2004 meant fulfilling a lifetime goal. “I had always dreamed of having a four-year degree, and with the help of Western Carolina and Isothermal my dream came true. My degree has greatly improved my self esteem and my job performance,” Jolley-Houser said.

For more information, contact Western's Division of Distance and Continuing Education toll free at (800) 928-4968 or e-mail McDaniel at mcdaniel@email.wcu.edu. Additional information also is available online at http://edoutreach.wcu.edu.

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