In August 2008, Engineering Technology Department at Northern Michigan University entered into a three-year articulation agreement with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College of Green Bay, Wis.
The agreement provides a way for graduates of NWTC’s two-year electrical engineering technology/transfer track degree to transfer to NMU and complete a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology in as little as two years.
According to Mike Rudisill, head of NMU’s Engineering Technology Department, the agreement will benefit Northern in two ways. First, it will boost enrollment. Second, it will ensure that those incoming students are somewhat experienced in the field and will be committed to completing their degrees here.
The agreement will benefit NWTC students by guaranteeing the option of transferring, regardless of potential changes to the curriculum prior to 2011.
It’s a “clearly-defined way to use the credits,” says Anne Kamps, dean of Learning Support Services and Program Development at NWTC. “Students are able to use their prior learning for a pathway to lifelong learning.”
While it is not known yet how many students will take advantage of the agreement, Kamps points out that transfer fairs at NWTC inform students of the 30 colleges offering a wide variety of articulation agreements now in place at NWTC. There are 70 students currently enrolled in the transfer-track program.
This is the second time NMU and NWTC have entered into an articulation agreement. The last one expired in 2005. In the past, NMU also has had agreements with Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin, and two Michigan schools: Northwestern Michigan College and Jackson Community College.
Moving forward, Rudisill says, “the department is looking to do additional articulation agreements with other community colleges in Michigan and Wisconsin.”