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Collin College, UT Dallas Sign Electrical Engineering Agreement

April 15, 2008 - Collin College and The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) are teaming up to better meet the state's need for electrical engineers.

The two institutions have agreed to provide a smoother and more seamless transfer of credits of Collin College electrical engineering students to UT Dallas, where students will then complete their bachelor's degree.

As part of the agreement, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas will work with Collin College to develop freshman and sophomore engineering courses that specifically meet UT Dallas requirements. Faculty at the two institutions will work together to develop courses in accordance with standards set by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

In addition, Collin College faculty will attend ABET workshops and provide lab and equipment exercises.

"The Collin College-UT Dallas agreement promotes an increased level of access and flexibility for Collin College students pursuing an engineering career who ultimately intend to transfer to complete the degree in electrical engineering at UT Dallas," Bill Blitt, dean of the Business, Information and Engineering Technologies division at Collin College, said. "The Collin College-UT Dallas collaboration is an excellent example of institutions collaborating in the design of an agreement where the primary objective is to increase the level of access and impact for students who begin the pursuit of an engineering career at Collin College."

The program is for Collin College students who successfully complete their associate degree in electrical engineering with a grade point average of at least 2.5 and no grade lower than a "C" in an engineering class. Students who meet these requirements will be allowed to transfer 62 credit hours to UT Dallas satisfying the university's core curriculum and any undergraduate electrical engineering courses.

"We look forward to working more closely than ever with Collin College to ensure Texas has the electrical engineers it needs to compete effectively on the world stage in the 21st century," said Bob Helms, dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas. "Reducing health care costs and creating renewable energy sources are two of the top challenges we're facing today, and I think engineers and computer scientists are better prepared than anyone to grapple with those issues."

In addition, according to Blitt, Science Mathematics Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) scholarship opportunities, funded by Texas Instruments, are available to financially support qualified students who elect to complete their first two years majoring in engineering or computer science at Collin College before transferring to UT Dallas. The SMART scholarship awards are worth up to $2,500 a year for two years.

For more information about the agreement between Collin College and UT Dallas, contact Blitt at bblitt@collin.edu.

UT Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, visit www.utdallas.edu.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.