TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL) Students at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will soon be able to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
School officials said the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has voted to approve the university’s plan to launch a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in the fall of 2020.
Officials said initial funding for the expansion was secured through the funding received from the Texas legislature.
The addition of new Computer Aided Design (CAD) labs in November will play an integral role in A&M-Texarkana’s engineering courses.
The college also received a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to install CAD workstations, video projection systems, and 3D printers over the next two years.
“Texas A&M’s announcement to add mechanical engineering programs at the Texarkana campus demonstrates the forward thinking that resonates in the soul of this region. Investment in developing engineering talent is not an optional endeavor, but rather the single most important aspect of workforce development today. Communities, like ours, that embrace and foster STEM education and training are the ones that will grow and thrive well into the future.”Rob Sitterley, President & CEO of AR-TX REDI
“I am thrilled to hear TAMUT will be adding mechanical engineering to the engineering program,” said Ron Collins, President of JCM Industries. “Having this engineering program in Texarkana is very important for our immediate and long-term goals. We’ve been having to send employees out of town to get educated, and as we expand our engineering department this will enable us to grow our own talent right here in Texarkana.”
Pending final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university plans on rolling out the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program in the fall of 2020, to go along with the current degree program in electrical engineering.
“Our engineering students currently take foundational courses in engineering during their first two years. This allows them to see which field of study interests them the most and decide between mechanical and electrical engineering before their junior year,” said Gary Stading, Dean of TAMUT’s College of Business, Engineering, and Technology.