Saint Martin’s University partners with Tacoma Community College to
offer civil engineering degree in Tacoma
June 20, 2007
WA – Saint Martin’s University has signed an innovative partnership with
Tacoma Community College (TCC) to bring a Saint Martin’s degree in Civil
Engineering to Tacoma. Through the new partnership, TCC will offer the
first two years of the program and Saint Martin’s will offer the last
two. This new, “two + two” program allows TCC students to earn a
bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Saint Martin’s by attending
all of their classes on the TCC campus. The two college presidents
signed the official agreement in a ceremony held May 31.
This program will begin in fall 2007. Students will benefit from its
flexibility and its student-focused nature. According to Saint Martin’s
President, Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D., “Saint Martin’s University now has
five extension campus partnerships in Washington State. We are proud to
offer our second community college engineering program through TCC. By
partnering with TCC, we can jointly meet a community need and provide
opportunities for engineering students in the Tacoma area.”
Saint Martin’s offers a similar program in mechanical engineering at
Olympic College in Bremerton, a criminal justice degree program through
Centralia College and six undergraduate and four graduate degrees, as
well as elementary and secondary Teacher Certification, at its Fort
Lewis and McChord campuses.
TCC President, Pamela Transue believes the partnership brings fresh
opportunities to her students. “Now Tacoma area students have a great
option to complete a civil engineering bachelor’s degree, while still
working and supporting their families,” she says. This program gives
local students another avenue to pursue their dreams,” Transue said.
Associate of science in engineering degrees are currently offered at
TCC. Students can specialize in civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical
and several others fields, according to Rebecca Sliger, TCC engineering
instructor. The partnership with Saint Martin’s allows Tacoma-area
students to receive bachelor’s degrees from Saint Martin’s by taking
courses at TCC during the afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Under the agreement, Saint Martin’s instructors will provide the
second two year’s engineering courses on TCC’s main campus. “A Saint
Martin’s associate will be housed at TCC to facilitate the students’
transitions from one institution to the other,” said Cruz Arroyo, Saint
Martin’s Director of Extension Campuses.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives
through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal
arts, business, education and engineering. A Catholic, Benedictine
University, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and
religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main campus, and 650 more
to its five extension campuses.
For additional information:
Interim communication director
Saint Martin’s University