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Construction continues Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, on the new Northshore Technical Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center in Lacombe. The campus will open in January.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Northshore Technical Community College students who complete certain courses will be eligible for admission to the University of New Orleans College of Engineering under an agreement signed by the schools Tuesday.

The agreement will allow the students to complete an undergraduate degree at UNO in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or naval architecture and marine engineering, according a UNO news release.

UNO President John Nicklow and NTCC Chancellor William Wainwright signed the agreement at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math campus that is under construction north of Lacombe. That campus, which is being built by NTCC, will open in January. 

Under the agreement, students who complete the engineering program at NTCC will be admitted to UNO as sophomores and will be able to transfer up to 51 hours toward the 121 to 129 hours needed to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering.

"As an engineer myself, I recognize the valuable skills this discipline has to offer and the broad range of career opportunities that exist,'' Nicklow said, adding that the jobs available to engineering graduates are among the highest-paying and most in demand. 

UNO offers the only programs in civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in the New Orleans area, the news release said. The school also offers one of the few naval architecture and marine engineering programs in the country.

Wainwright said the rapid growth of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — jobs on the north shore led to the creation of the new campus. 

Partnerships among school systems, community colleges and universities will provide a pipeline of talent to support local and regional industry, he said.

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