Site-Based Engineering Degree Programs Designed to Meet the Regional Engineering Needs in the United States

Workforce development issues in various areas of a country are often determined by industry demands and the availability of educational programs for citizens in those areas. Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University have created site-based programs designed to meet the growing need for engineers in different areas of their states. These programs have been specifically developed for individuals who cannot because of family, work responsibilities, or financial restraints leave their families or jobs and complete an engineering degree on the main campuses of these institutions. Both universities have created different models for the establishment of site-based undergraduate programs in different areas of engineering and used local industry and community engagement to create these educational opportunities for individuals who prefer to work in the regions where they have families and a community of supporters.

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