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Local students can earn college engineering credits

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The SAD 1 Presque Isle Career and Technical Center has announced another unique dual-enrollment opportunity for students in the drafting and engineering technology program.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, second-year students enrolled in the PIRCTC drafting and engineering technology program will be able to earn three college credits for the University of Maine Civil Engineering course CIE-101, Engineering Graphics for Civil Engineering).  This is a result of the center’s collaboration with the University of Maine College of Engineering and Bridge Year Educational Services, Inc.

This is the second dual-enrollment agreement between the University of Maine College of Engineering and the PIRCTC.  It will provide an enhanced pathway for SAD 1 students and students from surrounding schools (including Easton, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Ashland, Mars Hill and Washburn) who desire to pursue a civil engineering degree through the University of Maine. The local drafting and engineering program is currently the only high school level program offering this unique opportunity to its students.

The PIRCTC Drafting & Engineering Program is a two-year program providing area high school students with computer-aided design (CAD) and solid modeling skills using state-of-the art software and technology.  Additionally, it introduces fundamentals of engineering and architecture, education and career paths, additive manufacturing (3D printing), and CNC technology through classroom, lab and applied learning opportunities.

Instructors for the course will be Claude Junkins of UMaine and Terry Harper, instructor of drafting and engineering technology at the Presque Isle facility.

The UMaine College of Engineering prepares an educated workforce, conducts research that turns knowledge into innovative solutions, and provides outreach that includes STEM initiatives. The college’s mission is to produce the graduates and new technologies needed to move Maine’s economy forward. 

For more information, contact the PIRCTC at 207-764-1356.

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