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CSULB To Launch Engineering Programs This Fall in Lancaster

Published: April 15, 2011

CSULB will launch two engineering degree programs this fall in Lancaster, filling an impending void from this year’s elimination of California State University, Fresno’s seven-year-old Antelope Valley engineering program.

The application period for the two new programs began April 1 and continues through June 1. Information and updates about the program are posted at www.ccpe.csulb.edu/Engineering.

These programs offer new unique access for transfer students who have already completed lower-division coursework and are interested in completing their bachelor’s of science degree in electrical or mechanical engineering.

Students can attend classes for their freshman and sophomore years at Antelope Valley College or at Cerro Coso Community College at Edwards Air Force Base or Ridgecrest, then take upper-division engineering courses at the Lancaster University Center, a former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds building that the city of Lancaster spent $3.5 million renovating in 2004 to hold college classes.

The cohort-based programs will offer the same curriculum taught at CSULB. The cohort will begin the program in groups of 25 students and complete the degree program in two-and-a-half years.

Officials say the program will help provide engineers needed by local business and government agencies. An advisory council to consider what courses the students need will be formed and will include representatives from Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Weapons Center, Southern California Edison, Lockheed Martin, NASA and other area employers.

The Lancaster classes will be coordinated with those at Long Beach. Students will have access to industry professionals, real-world engineering projects and internships with local companies.

CSULB already has connections with Antelope Valley as aerospace engineering students launch rockets from a site bordering Kohn Dry Lake.

–Ken Swisher