New bachelor’s degree offers high-tech opportunities
Miami Dade College’s upcoming bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering Technology opens the door to students with associate degrees in a variety of technology-related disciplines. The degree offers students practical, hands-on experience in engineering-related project management, teamwork and technical writing.
"This is the perfect solution for students who want an alternative to a traditional Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, which puts more emphasis on theory," says Dr. Richard White, director, MDC School of Computer and Engineering Technologies. Graduates will be prepared for careers in a wide range of engineering fields, including electronics, testing, systems technical support, quality control, and electronics systems and hardware.
The degree program will allow graduates to tap into the burgeoning demand for engineers with four-year degrees, projected to increase at an annual rate of 21 percent in Florida. Plus, degree candidates can take advantage of the seamless transfer of existing credits toward the degree and the many other advantages of an education at MDC, including significantly lower tuition compared to comparable programs at other institutions, and the ability to access classes at strategically located campuses, including North, Kendall and Wolfson — even online.
This new bachelor’s degree is another example of MDC responding to the demands of the workforce and its own students. In a sampling of current Associate in Science Electronics Engineering Technology majors (of which an average of 300 graduate from MDC every year), more than 87 percent said they intended to pursue a baccalaureate degree. "We’ve gotten such a strong, positive response to the announcement, both from prospective candidates and potential employers," says Dr. White. "Folks are excited," he adds, "and so are we."
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