MARQUETTE –Northern Michigan University’s School of Technology and Applied Sciences (TAS) has made enhancements to two degree programs.

            The line tech program is doubling the enrollment capacity from 30 to 60 students due to the job demand in the Upper Peninsula.  The School also has revised its technology and applied sciences bachelor’s degree, making it easier for those who have technology-related associate degrees to ladder into to the baccalaureate level.  In many cases, up to 66 credits of the 124-credit program will transfer from a student’s associate degree program.

            “These two changes were put in place because we realize the direct impact they can have on the Upper Peninsula economy,” said Bill Rigby, TAS associate dean. 

            “In the case of the technology and applied sciences bachelor’s degree, our goal is to work to make the program as convenient as possible because we know many of the potential students for this program are working professionals who need this degree to move up to the next level in their career,” said Rigby.

            Rigby added that some courses for the bachelor’s degree will be offered as both online as well as the traditional in-class format, allowing greater flexibility for those who need to spend less time on campus to complete the degree.

            The line program is operated in conjunction with the Midwest Skills Development Center of the Lake Superior Community Partnership.  It is a 31-credit, two-semester program that combines classroom and field experience.  Graduates are employed by public utilities and electrical line construction companies.

            "With the current industry need and support in this area, we had to ask ourselves are we turning away interested students because of a lack of capacity?" said Rigby. "The answer was to find a way to double the size of the program while maintaining a high-quality program.  We’ve been able to do that."

             Rigby said he will meet with potential technology and applied sciences bachelor’s degree students to develop a program plan around the associate degree courses can be applied toward the baccalaureate curriculum.  He can be reached at brigby@nmu.edu or by calling 906-227-2135.

            To apply for admissions into the programs, contact the NMU Admissions Office at admiss@nmu.edu or by calling 906-227-2650 or 1-800-682-9797.

            “We have been able to tell many current and former students in our technology and applied sciences-related associate programs that a bachelor’s degree is not far from their reach if they choose to go to the next education level,” said Rigby.  “For many who attended technical colleges throughout the Midwest and for a number of our alumni, this type of degree is what is required to move into management and supervisory roles at their current companies.”

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Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications