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Lawrence Tech offers 36 new certificates geared for employment opportunities

Release Date: July 9, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University is introducing 36 new "Reinvent Your Career" certificate programs that will position graduates for employment opportunities in emerging areas of the Michigan economy, including energy, defense, film and life sciences. It is the largest launch of new programs in the university's 77-year history.

"Lawrence Tech is aggressively developing new certificates that aim to help people retool their educational backgrounds for growing areas of the economy," said Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker. "Even more good news is that tuition can be virtually free for displaced workers, thanks to a combination of tuition aid from the university and special state and federal grants."

Lawrence Tech's Recovery Starts Here program provides grants that cover 50 percent of the tuition for 400 displaced workers or their dependent children who qualify for admission to an academic program. The state's No Worker Left Behind program provides up to two years' worth of free tuition for unemployed workers to pursue a degree or certificate in a high-demand occupation or emerging industry. And federal assistance is available through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Registration is now open for the new certificate programs being introduced in the fall semester that starts Aug. 26. For more information, contact the admissions office at (800) CALL-LTU ext. 1 or, or go to

Here are the new undergraduate certificate programs at Lawrence Tech:

  • Alternative Energy Engineering Technology
  • Animation and Visual Effects for Film
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biomechanics
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Film and Audio Technique
  • Film and Production Techniques
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Innovative Product Design
  • Set Design
  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Television and Video Production
  • Video and Audio Technique

 Here are the new graduate-level certificate programs at Lawrence Tech:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Management
  • Bioinformatics
  • Critical Studies in Architecture
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Energy Engineering
  • Information Assurance Management
  • Instructional Systems Design and Presentation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Manufacturing and Systems Engineering for the Defense Industry
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Robotics Education
  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation Design
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Workplace Technology

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.