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CCCCD Offers First Engineering Learning Communities Class



CCCCD Offers First Engineering Learning Communities Class

June 13, 2003 - Students at Collin County Community College District can no longer use the excuse that math classes do not have real-life applications.

This fall, the college is offering a brand new Learning Communities class combining engineering and mathematics. "To Infinity and Beyond! Algebra with an Engineering Twist" blends "Introductory Engineering" with "College Algebra" and gives students the concrete application and meaning for the basic theory behind both disciplines.

The class will be offered this fall from 8:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the college's Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco. Students will earn a total of six credit hours in the course.

Learning Communities classes blend two or more disciplines with a common theme. Students are taught by two or more professors in a small group atmosphere that promotes peer learning, networking and an understanding of the interrelationship of topics and disciplines. The college's Learning Communities and Service Learning Programs were jointly awarded the national Bellwether Award in 2001.

Taught by two engineering technology professors, this course applies Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques from the famed Infinity program developed by Texas Instruments and Southern Methodist University to bring introductory engineering subject matter to life. DSP is used in cellular phones, high definition TVs and video games.

According to Wayne Jones, CCCCD associate dean and professor of Engineering Technology, the course does not require any engineering technology prerequisites.

"Students will be able to see the connection between the two disciplines and understand why their college algebra is important. This class will be a great way for a student who is not sure about going into engineering to get a taste of the career field while also earning a core mathematics credit," said Jones.

To register for this class, use course number LRCM-8653.P01. CCCCD fall registration is June 23 -Aug. 24. Students can register via the Internet (www.ccccd.edu ) or by phone at 469-452-2222 in Collin County or 469-757-2222 in Rockwall County from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 38,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

For more information about the Engineering Technology Learning Community class, call 972-377-1715.