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June 23, 2014
Micron Foundation grant’s $200,000 to Northwest Nazarene University
NNU to use grant for new engineering program
NAMPA-IDAHO (AP), June 23, 2014— “The Micron Foundation supports NNU’s efforts to strengthen its engineering program which supports the State of Idaho’s goal of boosting education in science, technology, engineering and math.” Said Dee Mooney, executive director for the Micron Foundation.
Micron isn’t backing the Northwest Nazarene University in word alone though, they are showing their backing with a $200,000 grant to assist in the university’s new engineering program, a new bachelor of science major that will graduate its first class in 2014.
The engineering program began fall 2010 with 12 students and currently serves 62 students. The program is not yet accredited, and the grant is to help get accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) an organization that accredits engineering programs nationwide to ensure graduates are obtaining a high quality, professional education.
ABET accreditation is essential for graduates to pursue professional engineering licensure and graduate education, so in order for the program to receive accreditation, a total of six faculty in electrical, mechanical and engineering physics must be in place by the accreditation review in 2014, which is why the money will be going to hiring two professors and a laboratory manager, and may also help create new courses in the program.
“We are grateful to the Micron Foundation for their investment in the future of NNU’s engineering students,” said David Alexander, Northwest Nazarene University president, “this grant affirms the caliber and promise of our emerging engineering program. We look forward to leveraging these funds to attract stellar faculty to this growing program and in so doing, serving the engineering needs of the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
High-tech jobs are growing nearly four times faster than the national average, and presently there are not enough graduates from Idaho universities in engineering fields to keep up with the demand, which could hamper growth in the technology industry in Idaho, making it all the more important that the university is actively recruiting faculty, staff and students to the program, looking for those high-caliber applicants that will be able to help meet the need.
“The Micron Foundation grant to our engineering program is greatly appreciated,” said Dr. Stephen Parke, NNU Engineering Program Director, “it provides leadership in our on-going fundraising efforts to put in place the faculty, lab equipment, and facilities required to build a high-quality engineering program and achieve ABET accreditation in the shortest possible time.”
About Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university, offers more than 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online in Boise, Idaho Falls, McCall, and Twin Falls. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.
About Micron Foundation
Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities.
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