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NMSU to offer engineering technology degree through Higher Education Center at SFCC

Santa Fe Community College President Ana "Cha" Guzman recently announced that New Mexico State University has joined the college's Higher Education Center. The university will offer an engineering technology degree through the Santa Fe HEC beginning this fall. Guzman and Manuel T. Pacheco, NMSU's former interim president, signed a memorandum of agreement linking the two schools' programs last month.

The engineering technology degree was selected based on a needs assessment that showed interest in this field and in computer science. Students earning a bachelor's of engineering technology degree can earn concentrations in two areas - electronics and computer engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology.

"The initial research that supported establishing the Santa Fe Higher Education Center showed that a key area of need was in engineering," Guzman said. "We're proud to meet the needs of Santa Fe students and area employers through this new relationship, and we look forward to establishing many more degree programs with NMSU in Santa Fe."

"NMSU has the only ABET-accredited engineering technology program in New Mexico," said Jeff Beasley, NMSU's engineering technology department head. "This is a great program and we're excited to offer these courses in Santa Fe."

The SFCC associate degree counts directly toward meeting the requirements of the bachelor's degree program at NMSU, so no time will be wasted in having to take courses over because of credit transfer issues.

The HEC operates as a pilot program on the campus of SFCC. NMSU joins participating colleges New Mexico Highlands University, the University of New Mexico and the Institute of American Indian Arts in offering bachelor and graduate degree programs. Santa Fe students can take core courses through SFCC before completing degrees through the four-year institutions without leaving Santa Fe, making degrees more affordable and accessible.

The NMSU HEC courses will be posted later this summer at http://hec.sfcc.edu/. For more information, contact Tina Ludutsky-Taylor, director of the HEC, at 505-428-1182 or tina.ludutskytaylor@sfcc.edu, or visit http://hec.sfcc.edu.