CPCC to offer new degree program in engineering

last modified May 12, 2015 01:57 PM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a new associate degree program in engineering with the start of the fall 2015 semester in August. The CPCC Associate in Engineering (A.E.) program is a transfer program, designed for students who want to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering at one the UNC system universities.

“The Associate in Engineering program will enhance the Charlotte region’s workforce, while giving students who want to begin their studies close to home a lower-cost, high-quality option,” explained Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of STEM programs. “This new degree program was established under the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina System and the North Carolina Community College System.”

A.E. degree program coursework will draw heavily from the natural sciences, engineering disciplines and advanced mathematics, including three calculus classes. Students will take 61 credit hours to complete the program.

“Workforce studies and employer surveys indicate the Charlotte region needs more bachelor-degree-level engineers,” Paynter said. “At the same time, we have tracked significant student demand for a 2+2 program in engineering. Once the A.E. degree program is established, we’ll look at adding a track for electrical engineering majors.”

For more information about CPCC’s new A.E. degree program, contact Dean Paynter at chris.paynter@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6531, or Dr. Terence Fagan, CPCC engineering science and Fab Ed Carolina chair, at terence.fagan@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6204.