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Nearly 25 percent of all high school graduates are interested in studying for a career in science, technology, engineering or math. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Hanover College will offer majors in engineering and engineering science for incoming students.
Hanover’s engineering programs will be grounded in the ideas, skills and experience of engineering while remaining within the College’s liberal arts environment and tradition. The curriculum will require a liberal arts foundation and include a standard load of general education courses, as well as tracks in general, mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, computer and geological engineering.
“We want to offer an alternative for the student who wants to study engineering AND a breadth of subjects, learn a language and even study abroad,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert.
Careers in science and engineering are expected to grow at twice the rate of the overall U.S. labor force through 2018. U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimate the field of engineering could grow by as much as 10 percent in the next 10 years.
In addition to interest from prospective students and faculty members, Hanover’s engineering programs are also the result of strong community partnerships with local manufacturers which provide internships, including Grote Industries, Inc., Arvin Sango, Inc., and Vehicle Service Group, LLC.
“We are looking forward to the pipeline of fresh, new talent coming from Hanover and doing what we can to support the new program,” adds Dominic Grote, president and chief executive officer of Grote Industries in nearby Madison, Ind.
Hanover's faculty approved the engineering programs in May. The curriculum, featuring an array of new courses, will be developed in the coming year.