Lourdes to offer engineering degree through Detroit MercyWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lourdes College and University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) will offer a new engineering transfer program beginning this fall.
Students who participate in the program will be simultaneously enrolled in an engineering major at UDM and courses at Lourdes for one to two years, said Janet Robinson, vice president for academic affairs at Lourdes. Students will then transfer full time to UDM for the rest of the degree.
“Depending on which engineering major, whether it’s mechanical or electrical, they can do the engineering degree in four years, one of them here, three of them there,” Robinson said.
The student has to meet the required prerequisites for engineering classes like calculus and physics, Robinson said.
While attending Lourdes during the first year, a full-time student can take two classes at UDM: Engineering 105-Engineering Graphics and Design and Engineering 107-Introduction to Solid Modeling.
The two courses are taken over a 15-week semester, two hours per day, one day a week, Robinson said. Each credit at UDM’s engineering school costs $785.
“Some [students] who live in Toledo aren’t ready for a big urban school and it’s hard for them to think if they want to live in Detroit,” Robinson said.
“If they’re going to school here, they don’t have to live in the dorms, so they live at home for a whole year so they don’t spend that money on room and board,” she said. “They get a chance to evaluate whether they like the University of Detroit Mercy as an engineering school.”
Robinson said another advantage is the co-op program, which UDM offers to all engineering students. Whether students choose to specialize in civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical, they are placed in a co-op program and can make up to $10,000 per term after their sophomore year.
“It’s a very strong program, which gets you connected for a position with a company before you graduate. Sixty percent of the graduates stay with the company they co-op with,” said Leo Hanifin, dean of the College of Engineering and Science at UDM.
“It will benefit us by admitting excellent students into our engineering programs,” he said. “It’s the same engineering degree at a lower cost to [Lourdes students].”
Paul Swiergosz, a freshman at Lourdes, is interested in the transfer program and will be one of the first to apply.
“It’s really important for a school like Lourdes to stay competitive with larger schools, such as UT, and I think this program will help Lourdes do just that,” Swiergosz said.
“I believe that once the program gets up and running, more students will join the program and will do incredibly well,” he said.
Hanifin and Robinson said both schools are willing to add similar transfer programs and partnerships in the future.
“The people [at Lourdes] are easy to work with. It’s been a very enjoyable relationship,” Hanifin said.
“The schools are a lot alike,” Robinson said. “It looks like a good transfer package and it makes sense.”