Excelsior College Launches Redesigned Electrical Engineering Technology Degree Program to Meet Regional and National Workforce Demand
Students can select concentrations in nanotechnology, power systems or electronics; National Grid partners with Excelsior for employee education
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 9, 2011) - Excelsior College announces the launch of its newly redesigned Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology degree program, developed to meet the increasing demand for high-tech graduates in the Capital Region and beyond. Students in this ABET-accredited program can select concentrations in nanotechnology, power systems, or electronics.
“Nanotechnology is revolutionizing countless industries, from communications and medicine to agriculture and textiles, and by 2015 is expected to contribute roughly $1 trillion to the global economy and two million workers,” said Dr. Jane LeClair, dean of Excelsior College’s School of Business Technology. “With an increased emphasis on renewable power technology, smart grids, electric cars, and energy efficiency, the need for skilled workers with a strong power electronics background is growing. We redesigned our BS in electrical engineering technology to meet these demands and to continue offering relevant, innovative degree programs that will prepare our graduates to compete in the 21st century global economy.”
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology is a 124-credit program designed to meet the needs of working adult learners. As with all of Excelsior’s programs, the curriculum courses will be taught online by seasoned industry experts and academics.
In 2009, as a group, electrical engineering technicians earned among the highest average starting salaries of those with bachelor’s degrees, at $55,410. Electrical engineering technicians comprise about one-third of the engineering industry, which is expected to grow by 11 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.
"Flexibility," LeClair says, "is the hallmark of the electrical engineering technology program: students can complete the program at their own pace and on their own schedule. Excelsior’s flexible transfer credit policy also allows students to apply appropriate previous college-level learning toward the degree from other colleges and universities, evaluated military and corporate training programs, and credit-by-exam programs."
National Grid, the global power company serving New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, has already established an education partnership agreement with Excelsior, to provide its employees with access to the new degree program. The partnership provides for reduced per-credit tuition costs for students seeking to further their education through workplace employment programs. National grid employs over 17,000 individuals in the United States.
"National Grid applauds Excelsior College’s responsiveness to the need for a robust engineering workforce through the innovative redesign of its electrical engineering technology program," said Beverly Esposito, National Grid director of resourcing. "The program is consistent with the goals of National Grid’s ‘Engineering Our Future’ initiative to attract students to careers in engineering. We are also grateful for our ongoing relationship with Excelsior College to provide our current workforce flexible and effective ways to further their education."
Excelsior’s nanotechnology concentration is one of a handful in the nation and that will prepare graduates for a career in one of the most dynamic and in-demand fields.
Regarding growth in the nanotech field, LeClair said, “The nanotechnology field is poised for explosive growth, yet there is a shortage of engineers, technologists and technicians who support experimentation, fabrication and testing. Excelsior’s graduates will have an opportunity to work in any number of fields, from nanoelectronics design to biomedical research and energy R&D.”
The bachelor’s degree programs in electrical engineering technology and nuclear engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-347-7700. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).