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June 13, 2007

Purdue to offer industrial technology degree at Vincennes University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Starting this fall, individuals will be able to enroll in classes at Vincennes University that lead to a bachelor's degree in industrial technology granted by Purdue University and its College of Technology's statewide technology program.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved the degree program June 4, which will be jointly administered by Purdue and Vincennes universities. The 120-credit-hour program will feature the same curriculum currently offered through three other Purdue College of Technology statewide locations and will prepare graduates for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

"For several decades, Purdue's statewide technology program has had a positive impact on the state of Indiana by educating workers for the jobs of tomorrow and, in turn, revitalizing the state's economy," said Niaz Latif, assistant dean for the College of Technology's statewide program. "There is a strong and growing demand for technical personnel in southwestern Indiana, with thousands of job openings in manufacturing ready to be filled with qualified individuals.

"This new degree will give students in the area the kind of education they need to succeed in this rapidly changing manufacturing environment."

Arthur Haase, dean of the technology division at Vincennes University, said the new degree will build on the advanced manufacturing and computer-integrated manufacturing associate degree curriculum currently offered at Vincennes.

"The partnership between Purdue and Vincennes University will significantly enhance the quality of the education our students are already receiving," Haase said. "The technology laboratories housed at Vincennes University will be a wonderful resource that will benefit students and Purdue faculty who will be involved in the program.

"Employers in our area have expressed strong support for this degree program, and we're confident that offering this curriculum will result in greater employment opportunities in high-technology, high-paying fields that are available only to those with advanced education."

Students who want to pursue the bachelor's degree in industrial technology must seek admission through Purdue's statewide technology program. The first two years of the program will be administered through Vincennes University, and the junior- and senior-level courses will be administered through Purdue and taught by Purdue faculty. The bachelor's degree will be awarded from Purdue.

Students who are currently enrolled in the associate degree program in advanced manufacturing and computer-integrated manufacturing at Vincennes University can apply for the bachelor's degree program. Vincennes University will continue to grant the associate degree, and Purdue will grant all bachelor's degrees in the program.

The first four semesters of the bachelor's degree program - administered by Vincennes University - will consist of general and introductory courses in such subjects as English, algebra, speech communication, science, computer graphics and problem-solving in manufacturing.

The last four semesters of the program - administered by Purdue - will include courses in statistical quality, automated manufacturing, materials handling, fundamentals of electricity, and production and monetary planning.

Graduates will be qualified to work in business, industry and government as industrial engineers, manufacturing engineers, operations managers, product managers and quality-assurance engineers.

In addition to Vincennes University, Purdue's College of Technology offers the bachelor's degree in industrial technology at its statewide locations in Anderson, Kokomo, Columbus, Lafayette, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend.

The Purdue College of Technology, established in 1965, is one of the nation's largest and was one of the first of its kind in the country. It educates more than 5,700 undergraduates at locations around the state. In addition to West Lafayette and campuses that offer the industrial technology bachelor's degree, the college has locations in Lafayette, Muncie, Indianapolis and Greensburg.

Indiana's first college, Vincennes University is one of the oldest in America and the birthplace of one of the nation's first two-year institutions of higher learning. The 150-acre campus features some of the state's most modern instructional facilities adjacent to sites where American history was made, such as the 1803 frontier home of university's founder, President William Henry Harrison. As a state-supported, comprehensive college that enrolls about 9,400 students systemwide, Vincennes University offers a wide variety of associate degree programs as well as bachelor's degrees in the specialized areas of technology, nursing, health care management, homeland security and public safety, secondary education math or science, and special education/mild intervention.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Niaz Latif, (765) 494-1101,

Kathryne Newton, head of Purdue's Department of Industrial Technology, (765) 494-6080,

Arthur Haase, (812) 888-4447,

Duane Chattin, public information director for Vincennes University, (812) 888-4164,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


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