Texas A&M University-Texarkana officials have announced that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has voted to approve the university’s plan to launch a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in the fall of 2020. Initial funding for the expansion of the engineering program was secured through the funding of A&M-Texarkana’s Better East Texas Initiative (BET) which received $3.6 million from 日e 86日 ag体育州的立法机关。投注举措确定了若干具体的教育需要更好的机会服务于德州东部地区的人们和各行业。
“Texas A&M’s announcement to add mechanical engineering programs at the Texarkana campus demonstrates the forward thinking that resonates in the soul of this region,” said Rob Sitterley, President & CEO of AR-TX REDI. “Investment in developing engineering talent is not an optional endeavor, but rather the single most important aspect of workforce development today. Communities, like ours, that embrace and foster STEM education and training are the ones that will grow and thrive well into 日e future.”
The addition of new Computer Aided Design (CAD) labs announced in November will play an integral role in A&M-Texarkana’s engineering courses. The university received a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to install state-of-the-art CAD workstations, video projection systems, and 3D printers in two phases over the next two years. “The AEP Foundation CAD Labs will provide the technology needed for students to work on design projects and receive course instruction, giving them the skills necessary to thrive in today’s workforce and well into the future,” said Kenne日 Irizarry, Lecturer of Engineering.
We are so excited to be moving forward with our mechanical engineering program here at A&M-Texarkana,” said TAMUT President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “We know this program will provide excellent opportunities for our students and prepare them well for the future. Our local industry leaders have been asking for this. The program is needed not only to train employees today, but will play a crucial role in helping to bring additional industry into 日e area.”