Press Release

ENGINEERING TECH DUAL-CREDIT
Area High School Students Get a Jump on College


By Frank Ambrosio / Scott A. Smith
MCC Engineering Technologies Dept.

(Rochester, NY ) -- For the past few years area high school students interested in getting a head start on their college education, have been able to enroll in a very successful "Dual-Credit" program, offered by the Engineering Technologies Department at MCC. The ET department offers dual-credit courses in Basic Electronics, Digital Electronics, Photography and CAD (computer aided design/drafting). Students take these courses at their local high school, and the courses are taught by the high school teachers. These courses which have been reviewed and approved by appropriate MCC faculty, mirror those offered at the MCC campus for both content and outcomes.

High school students take the dual-credit courses at a discount rate, which is typically about 1/3 the normal price. Upon passing the course, the student will receive MCC credits for the particular course taken and can use these credits as transfer-college-credits. Some dual-credit high school students eventually come to MCC to pursue their Associate degrees. In this way both the students and MCC benefit from the dual-credit program.

The more than 20 schools participating in the program with Engineering Technologies, are located throughout the greater Rochester area, and include schools as far away as Batavia and Palmyra-Macedon. According to Engineering Technologies Dept. Chair, Robert F. Novak, the program this year is serving close to 900 area students. They are enrolled in courses which include ELT-111 and 130, MET 101 and 121, and PHO 101 and 102.

The program has grown significantly since it started in back in the 1990's, in both the range of courses offered and the number of participating high schools, as well as the number of students enrolled.

For more information about the Dual-Credit program or anything else related to Engineering Technologies participation in the program, feel free to contact Dual-Credit coordinators Frank Ambrosio of Electrical Technology, Robert Mills of Mechanical Technology or Robert Novak of Optical Technology who also serves as Chair of the Engineering Technologies Department.

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