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Lawrence Tech offers new certificates geared for emerging fields

Release Date: June 3, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University is introducing nine new "Reinvent Your Career" certificate programs June 15 that will position students for new employment opportunities in emerging areas of the economy, including energy, the life sciences and film production. They are the first of some 30 new certificate and degree programs Lawrence Tech will have in place this fall.

"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."

Tax incentives for the film industry are expected to generate thousands of new jobs in Michigan in the next few years, and Lawrence Tech has added three undergraduate certificate programs, "Animation and Visual Effects for Film, "Film and Production Techniques" and "Set Design."

Life sciences is another growing field, and Lawrence Tech is offering undergraduate certificates in biochemical engineering, bioelectronics engineering and biomechanics engineering, as well as a graduate certificate in bioinformatics.

Lawrence Tech also has a new undergraduate certificate in alternative energy engineering technology and a new graduate certificate, "Information Assurance Management."

Registration is now open for the new certificate programs that start June 15. For more information, contact the admissions office at (800) CALL-LTU ext. 1 or, or go to

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 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, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.