Spartanburg, S.C. – Rodney “Joe” Coward and Chris Wright are the first two graduates of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Engineering Technology Management Program and were recently honored at a success banquet on May 12, 2008, at the University Center in Greenville.
The ETM Program allows graduates from area technical schools, including Greenville Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Community College, and York Technical College, to earn four-year bachelor of science degrees in engineering technology management from USC Upstate. USC Upstate’s partnership with these technical schools, also known as a 2+2 agreement, allows for a seamless transfer from the technical schools into the ETM degree program at USC Upstate.
"Offering 2 + 2 programs in engineering technology is common for four-year institutions. But this program is unique because USC Upstate relies solely upon graduates from technical colleges for its ETM degree program,” says Dr. Richard LeBoeuf, coordinator of the ETM program at USC Upstate.
Chris Wright, project manager with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, enrolled in the ETM program in the fall of 2006 and has been very pleased with the faculty and the program.
“Dr. LeBoeuf has developed a really solid program and the students are from various backgrounds such as civil and mechanical engineering so we really benefit from each other’s experiences,” says Wright. “A degree in Engineering Technology Management makes me more marketable and I will have more job options to choose from in the future.”
Joe Coward, a graduate of Spartanburg Community College, chose to enroll in the ETM program because it covered the entire engineering technology field.
“As a disabled veteran, this program was perfect for me,” says Coward. “My physical disabilities limit me to some degree in the construction engineering field but the ETM degree provides more variety in terms of job opportunities.”
There are 35 students in the program currently, and Dr. LeBoeuf expects four graduates next spring. About 32 students are part-time students with full-time employment. He expects to have at least 50 in the program by the start of the fall 2008 semester.
For more information about the ETM degree program, visit www.uscupstate.edu/etm or contact Dr. LeBoeuf by phone at (864) 503-5894 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.