SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology has added two new four-year degree programs just in time for the Fall 2010 semester.
The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved the new additions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology: a bachelor’s of technology degree in electrical technology as well as a bachelor’s in civil and environmental technology. Students can begin courses in the Fall 2010 semester, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced.
“These degree programs not only meet the needs of our current and future students , but the needs of industry,” Kennedy said. “High school graduates today are more interested in affordable four-year degree programs and gaining knowledge and a deeper understanding of the management aspect of these fields.”
Both curricula stem directly from the highly successful ABET-accredited civil engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degree programs at the College. The new degrees will allow graduates from the current two-year programs to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.
They will also prepare students for the in-demand, higher level technical positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civil and electrical engineering related jobs will be among the areas of highest demand over the course of the next ten years, while projections for environmental engineering related positions estimate significant growth as the field continues to expand.
Dr. Stephen Frempong, professor of electrical engineering technology, and Dr. Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor of civil/construction engineering technology, proposed the electrical and civil and environmental technology programs, respectively. Both anticipate 15-20 students to enroll in each major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 50 for each program within five years.
“There is a strong collaboration among programs within the [Canino] School of Engineering Technology,” said Dr. David Wells, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We strategically created these four-year programs to expand upon the strength of our existing two and four-year engineering and technology programs. We will be able to share a number of new and existing courses between the majors, which will also expand the flexibility of program selection for entering and continuing students.”
Students interested in pursuing the new bachelor’s of technology in electrical technology can look forward to classes such as engineering project analysis, project management, and control systems.
Structural analysis, water treatment, and hazardous waste remediation highlight some of the topics to be covered in the new civil and environmental technology program. Students in the four-year old alternative and renewable energy program will also benefit from the addition of the civil and environmental technology degree. They will have the chance to take new courses in water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental law.
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