DATE: January 25, 2011
Officials at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College have paved the way for mechanical engineering students to have a smooth transition in transferring their college credits. Students will be able to earn credit in courses at both institutions.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew and Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla penned an articulation agreement designed to enable students who complete the Associate in Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Del Mar College to gain credit for the corresponding course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In addition, credits earned at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will also be accepted at Del Mar College.
“We’re providing another opportunity where Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College can work together to be instrumental in our region’s growth,” said Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew. “This agreement reaffirms our commitment to meet the demands of Corpus Christi’s many industries who seek mechanical engineers.”
Classes for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi began in fall 2009, and there are currently more than 120 mechanical engineering students now enrolled. Del Mar College began offering its Associate in Science degree in engineering with the mechanical option in fall 2010. Currently as registration continues at the College, more than 60 students have declared mechanical engineering as their major. Both last fall and this spring, the number of students taking Delmar’s ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering has more than doubled, increasing enrollment from 20 to 40 students each semester.
“Much of Del Mar College’s growth in the past 75 years centers around career preparation,” said Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla. “The current interest in careers in the broader field of engineering, coupled with this new opportunity for Del Mar students to transfer their credits to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s mechanical engineering program, have already swelled our enrollment in the Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Engineering Technology. This partnership is a win-win-win-- for the students, both institutions and engineering in South Texas.”
The articulation agreement goes into effect immediately. Students at both institutions must receive a course grade of “C” or better to receive transfer credit.
Many Coastal Bend industries consider engineering education essential for the workforce and economic development of the area. Several area businesses, organizations, and individuals joined the City of Corpus Christi and Port of Corpus Christi to support the mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program at TAMUCC, encouraging graduates who can be employed in the greater community.
The establishment of mechanical engineering degree programs also fulfils the BoldFuture action plan to build on existing college partnerships and collaborations in the Coastal Bend and beyond. Among the initiatives is to expand the development of degree offerings through articulation agreements and joint/collaborative degree programs.