Officials from Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College signed an agreement today to create a smooth transfer program between the institutions for students interested in pursuing a university technology degree.
Kishwaukee College President Laurie Borowicz and NIU President Doug Baker signed the agreement. It will allow Kishwaukee College students who are enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science degree track in select programs to transfer to NIU and complete a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree with an emphasis on applied manufacturing technology.
“Advanced manufacturing is on a rebound in our region, and Kishwaukee College and NIU are working together to prepare the next generation of leaders in this field,” Baker said. “NIU has been a top destination for community college transfer students in Illinois for many years. This agreement, in particular, once again demonstrates the spirit of close cooperation between NIU and Kishwaukee College as we work to ensure student career success.”
Also signing the document were Anne Kaplan, vice president of NIU Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development; Promod Vohra, dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Mark Lanting, vice president of instruction at Kishwaukee College; and Matthew Feuerborn, dean of Career Technologies at Kishwaukee.
Under the new agreement, Kishwaukee College students who are enrolled in the AAS degree track in Automated Engineering Technology /CNC, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer-Assisted Architectural Design, Computer-Assisted Mechanical Design, Diesel Power Technology, and Electronics and Computer Technology will be able to transfer to NIU and complete a bachelor’s of science degree in applied manufacturing technology.
“Kishwaukee College is extremely pleased to be partnering with NIU, to provide an option for students to start at Kish and complete an applied manufacturing technology degree at NIU,” President Borowicz said. “It demonstrates how we are working collaboratively to meet local employer demands for a highly skilled workforce.”
Students who elect to follow the new program must meet NIU’s General Education requirements as well in math, science and introductory technology classes as specified in the NIU catalog. These courses can be completed at Kishwaukee College or NIU.
In addition, NIU will provide most upper-division coursework required for the degree in a rotating online format.
The two institutions will provide coordinated advisement and transcript review to ensure a seamless transfer process. In addition, the NIU Technology program academic adviser will meet or communicate with each applicant to the new transfer program prior to admission.
For more information on the new AAS-BS transfer agreement, contact NIU Department of Technology chair Cliff Mirman at (815) 753-0531 or [email protected]; or Kishwaukee’s Feuerborn at (815) 825-2086, ext. 2840 or [email protected].