In September Lawrence Technological University (LTU) President Virinder Moudgil visited Monroe County Community College to discuss opportunities for expanding the joint effort to encourage more students to study power engineering. He met with MCCC President Kojo Quartey and faculty and administrators involved in the program.
Responding to an impending national shortage of power engineers needed for the nation’s electricity production plants and distribution system, the National Science Foundation has awarded LTU a five-year grant totaling $598,000 to provide scholarship assistance to students in this field.
Power engineers develop, maintain, and modernize “the Grid,” the vast network of transformers, generators, motors, and electronics that supply electrical power.
One of the LTU-MCCC program partners is DTE Energy, which needs more nuclear engineers for its Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station near Monroe. DTE Energy worked with MCCC in developing the associate degree in nuclear engineering technology, and graduates of that program are eligible for scholarships to continue their studies at LTU.
Thanks to the NSF grant, LTU offers scholarships up to $10,000 for two years to community college graduates who come to LTU to complete a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a power engineering concentration.
The Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program at LTU is open to graduates of an associate degree program in a STEM field.
Under the current program, Monroe High School students enroll at MCCC for the first two years of college and then transfer to LTU for another two years. During the first two years at MCCC, five to 10 students are eligible for S-STEM annual scholarships up to $3,500. When receiving the scholarships, MCCC awardees sign an agreement to transfer to LTU after graduation.
Overall, each student can receive S-STEM scholarship support based on financial need up to $20,000 over four years.
The two presidents discussed the possibility of extending the program with a formal articulation agreement for a “2+2” LTU-MCCC joint program.