Technology Systems collaborates with Beaufort County Community College

Beaufort County Community College students toured ECU's laboratory facilities in the Science and Technology Building as part of a visit to the ECU campus in February. (Contributed photo)

The Department of Technology Systems hosted faculty members and ten students from Beaufort County Community College Feb. 22. BCCC’s faculty member, Ben Cole, is a 2003 alumnus from the bachelor of science in industrial technology  program hosted in the Department of Technology Systems. The BSIT program is a degree completion program for graduates of an industrial or technical related associate in applied science degree.

The students are enrolled in one of the following AAS degrees: mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology programs. Students received a Science and Technology building laboratory tour and information about ECU’s engineering and BSIT programs, which they may pursue when they complete their work at BCCC.

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Tarboro firm supports students and facilities at East Carolina University

ECU Technology Systems professor Jim Linn, center, assists students Matthew Johnson, left, and Grover Black, standing, with learning about basic electricity. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


Funding from Keihin Carolina Systems Technology will support both students and facilities at East Carolina University’s College of Technology and Computer Science.

A new $20,000 scholarship fund from K-CST will benefit students transferring into ECU’s technology and computer science programs from Edgecombe Community College.

Chris Eckhardt, vice president and chief operating officer of Keihin’s Tarboro manufacturing plant, established the fund to facilitate regional growth by helping students continue their education and remain employed locally.

“We intend to partner with both ECU and ECC to provide an educational pathway for students to pursue a technology-based education,” Eckhardt said.

The fund is intended for Edgecome County students who show interest and promise in engineering and technology. Recipients would first complete their associate’s degree from ECC, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s in either engineering, technology systems or computer science at ECU. The scholarship will support two students per semester and the first awards will be made in spring 2012 for the fall 2012 semester.

Keihin also funded a $100,000 endowment supporting an instructional and research laboratory that will provide cutting-edge technology and tools for the college’s faculty and students.

Technology and Computer Science Dean David White said, “It’s important to develop local resources for local companies.

“The college is committed to supporting economic development in eastern North Carolina and this generous gift will help develop existing regional talent, which may stay in the area to develop and grow new industries,” he said.

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ECU master’s program ranked #1 in affordability

East Carolina University’s online master of science in technology systems degree program was ranked #1 best buy in comparable programs nationwide by geteducated.com.

According to the site, the profiles reviewed 70 regionally accredited graduate schools that offer degrees in computer science or IT fields, ranking them by costs of tuition and distance learning fees. The average online master’s degree in computer science was $24,918. ECU’s cost was $5,070 for in-state residents and $20,790 for out-of-state residents.

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Construction management reaccredited

The East Carolina University Construction Management Program in the College of Technology and Computer Science received renewal of accreditation in February from the American Council for Construction Education.

Accreditation from the ACCE recognizes the program’s adherence to stringent standards as verified through a visiting team of peers and industry practitioners.

ECU’s construction management program is the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States and is one of only 65 accredited programs in the country, according to the department’s web site at http://www.ecu.edu/tecs/construction/.


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