Presidents of Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and Frostburg State University (FSU) signed a partnership agreement May 6 making FSU a new member of the AACC University Consortium of four-year partners, which was created to expand Anne Arundel County residents’ access to higher education.
The signing ceremony with Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., AACC president, and Jonathan C. Gibralter, Ph.D., FSU president, took place at the conclusion of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Board Meeting.
The consortium is housed at AACC at Arundel Mills in Hanover, Md., which is the site of a state Regional Higher Education Center. Consortium partners — College of Notre Dame of Maryland, McDaniel College, Stevenson University and University of Maryland University College — offer bachelor’s degrees that align with AACC associate degree programs, as well as master’s and professional degree and certificate programs.
The AACC-FSU partnership enables residents to earn associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees in engineering close to home. FSU is offering a Bachelor of Science degree program in Engineering with a concentration in Electrical Engineering through the consortium. Its full-time, daytime program of engineering courses will begin in August.
AACC currently offers an Engineering Transfer Associate of Science degree program. AACC graduates, as well as other Maryland community college engineering graduates, can transfer into the FSU program.
“We are proud that AACC and FSU are partnering together to meet the critical need for engineers,” said AACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. “FSU and AACC engineering students will benefit from our new, state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs at AACC at Arundel Mills, which we were able to create and equip thanks to federal and county funding.”
The labs now under construction will open this fall.
Maryland and other states are experiencing critical shortages of engineering graduates. According to recent market research, Maryland has an annual gap of 730 engineering graduates for 1,452 average annual engineering job openings.
The partnership supports current and emerging economic opportunities for residents of Anne Arundel and surrounding counties. Starting salaries for engineering graduates are among the highest of all college graduates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with median earnings of $82,160 for electrical engineers.
For information, contact the FSU engineering program coordinator Eric Moore at 301-687-4500. For information on the AACC associate degree in engineering, call 410-777-2433.