Pre-engineering students at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) will have the opportunity to enroll in The University of Texas-Pan American engineering program thanks to an articulation agreement signed Thursday, April 26 by both institutions.
The three-page agreement establishes an engineering transfer program whereby M-DCC students who attain an associate's degree in pre-engineering with at least a 3.0 grade point average can automatically enter the UTPA engineering program to complete a bachelor's degree.
UTPA will also provide scholarships every year to the top two students transferring from M-DCC to cover the full cost of attendance for two years - tuition, room and board, and textbooks.
"The agreement signed between Miami-Dade Community College and The University of Texas-Pan American is an historic one," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, "creating a link between two of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the nation and establishing a partnership for excellence in engineering education."
Nevárez signed the agreement with M-DCC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón during a UTPA Foundation visit here for its quarterly meeting.
"This articulation with The University of Texas-Pan American will offer our students unparalleled opportunities to study at one of the country's finest universities with outstanding business, engineering, science, health, pre-medical and medical research programs," said Padrón. "It is also an acknowledgment of the success of our graduates in their upper-division studies."
As per the agreement, which will be reviewed annually, each institution will appoint a coordinator and promote the program in publications and on the Internet. UTPA also will provide M-DCC an annual report on the achievements of students who transferred to the University.
More than 750 students are enrolled in the UTPA engineering program, which provides bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
Miami-Dade Community College is the largest single district, multicampus, two-year college in the nation, with six campuses and numerous outreach centers, more than 7,500 employees serving more than 130,000 students, and a budget exceeding $500 million. It is also the most diverse community college in the nation, with students representing more than 150 countries and speaking more than 100 languages.