School of Polytechnic Studies Offers Online Degree Completion

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology in the School of Polytechnic Studies will soon offer an industrial technology degree completion program to students online.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 4, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology will soon offer an industrial technology degree completion program to students online.

The A.A.S. to B.S. (2+2) program is currently offered on Southeast’s main campus and in the St. Louis area as a cooperative effort between St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley and the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

“We have been offering this program on campus successfully for nearly 15 years and in St. Louis for nearly eight,” said Kim Madigan, coordinator of special programs and services for the School of Polytechnic Studies. “We’ve had over 50 graduates from the St. Louis program and well over that number on campus since the program began.

“The program works well for people with a wide range of technical A.A.S. degrees who want to prepare for industrial management and supervision positions,” Madigan added. “Their A.A.S. degrees provide a good technical base, and the bachelor degree coursework provides exposure and experiences that will prepare them to successfully manage the work of others.”

The program, which will be available online beginning in August, is a degree completion program designed for people who have either an associate of applied science degree in a technical field or a recognized national certification and two years of related work experience. Prospective students holding a national certification will submit a portfolio for review by the department faculty.

Offering the program online will make earning a bachelor’s degree much more accessible to many students interested in industrial technology.

“As technology continues to change, the demand for baccalaureate-level curriculum continues to increase,” said Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. “Many students who initially earn an associate degree later have the desire, because of changing career goals or promotion opportunities, to complete a technical management-oriented baccalaureate degree. Most of these students, however, hold full-time jobs and do not have the luxury of transferring to an institution outside the area to pursue the last two years needed to complete a bachelor of science degree,” Shaw said.

Students completing the program will earn a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology, a major where the placement rates for graduates has remained above 95 percent, according to Madigan.

“Southeast’s industrial technology major is accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), which places the program in the upper tier of technology programs nationwide,” she said. “ATMAE accreditation assures graduates and employers that specific national quality standards are met in preparing technologists and technical managers for industry, business and government positions.”

For more information on the industrial technology degree completion program, contact Madigan at (573) 986-6746 or polytech@semo.edu. For information on Southeast Online, visit www.semo.edu/online/index.htm