Texas A&M, ACC launching co-enrollment partnership

AUSTIN - Texas A&M University, Austin Community College and Chevron are partnering for a co-enrollment program for engineering students.

The schools said the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC will allow students to be close to home for their first two years while pursuing one of the 18 majors Texas A&M offers at their College of Engineering.

“We were excited to be contacted by Austin Community College to explore an engineering academy partnership and are pleased now to offer ACC students a unique pathway toward a firstrate degree from an Engineering College ranked among the top 10 in the world,” said Chancellor John Sharp in a release. “Our goal is to attract the very best students to Texas A&M Engineering, even if circumstances require them to stay close to home for the first two years of college. These students will be Aggies in Austin from day one.”

“It’s about opportunity. This academy makes it possible for more students to pursue their dreams; starting at ACC and finishing at one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the nation,” said ACC President and CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes in the release. “This partnership is a great example of industry and higher education working together to accelerate pathways into the workforce.”

A 2012 report by the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology projects one million more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees would be needed in the next decade. The projection need for engineers in Texas is 62,000 by 2022.

Chevron is supporting a total of five such academies across the state. Other academies are located at:

  • Houston Community College, Spring Branch in Houston;
  • Texas Southmost College in Brownsville;
  • El Centro College in Dallas; and
  • Alamo Colleges in San Antonio.

“Chevron is committed to increasing access to, and the quality of, education around the world and is excited to be able to continue our longstanding relationship with Texas A&M through support of the Engineering Academy initiative. Our Engineering Academies will help provide opportunities in the field of engineering for many underrepresented and first generation college students,” said Shariq Yosufzai, Chevron Vice President of Global Diversity, Ombuds & University Partnerships & Association Relations. “Partnering with Texas A&M, a top source of engineering hires for Chevron, to help provide opportunities in the field of engineering will support our efforts to help build the diverse workforce of tomorrow that will be required to meet the energy needs of the future.“

Go here for more information about Texas A&M’s College of Engineering.

Go here for more information about engineering at Austin Community College.

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