Micron Foundation grants $200,000 to NNU engineering program
The Micron Foundation has awared Northwest Nazarene University a $200,000 grant to the university's new bachelor of science in engineering program. The money will be used to hire two new faculty members and a laboratory manager.
“The Micron Foundation grant to our engineering program is greatly appreciated. It provides leadership in our on-going fundraising efforts to put in place the faculty, lab equipment, and facilities required to build a high-quality engineering program and achieve ABET accreditation in the shortest possible time,” said NNU Engineering Program Director, Dr. Stephen Parke.
This will directly support the engineering program’s pursuit of accreditation upon its first graduating class in 2014. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) is the organization that accredits engineering programs nationwide to ensure graduates are obtaining a high quality, professional education. ABET accreditation is essential for graduates to pursue professional engineering licensure and graduate education.
"Because high-tech jobs are growing nearly four times faster than the national average, and industries are struggling with a technically under qualified workforce, the need for qualified young professionals is pressing," said Holly Lindner with NNU. "The number of graduates produced by Idaho’s university engineering programs is not adequate to meet the needs of existing Idaho companies or to encourage growth of new industries."