MANSFIELD – This fall, North Central State college welcomed 45 students into the Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BASMET).
Twelve students are taking junior level classes, the first junior level classes offered at NC State in its fifty-year history of serving the communities of North Central Ohio. Ten of the junior level students are alumni of our College Now Engineering program, which is a dual enrollment partnership with Pioneer Career and Technology Center. This program allows high school juniors and seniors to dually enroll at North Central State and earn an associate’s degree from which they graduate several weeks prior to earning their high school diploma.
Greg Timberlake, Dean of NC State’s Business, Industry and Technology Division sees great futures for these students.
“What this means, at a time when our area’s manufacturing companies are faced with significant human resource shortages, is that many students can now graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology prior to turning 21 or even 20 years of age," Timberlake said. "With one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, North Central State College is offering a path to no or low debt education and access to a bachelor’s degree with significant earning potential right here in our home communities.”
The lead instructors for the program are Mr. Dan Wagner and Mr. Mike Beebe. Both are long-time residents of the area and long-time engineers involved in and with area companies. Dan is an active member of the Regional Manufacturing Coalition formed in Richland County, and relied heavily on help from these local industry engineers in designing the curriculum. Mr. Beebe, who holds a number of patents reflecting engineering creativity, is leading our efforts to ensure that our Project Based Learning efforts in this new program and all engineering programs at NCSC incorporate projects from area businesses.
Currently, the following companies are hosting our students in engineering projects outside of the classroom: Stoneridge, Mansfield Engineering Components, Skybox Packaging, and the Ohio Historical Society.
About the new Bachelor’s Degree available at North Central State College
In the Spring of 2018, Ohio’s community colleges were invited to explore offering bachelor degrees that responded to the specific needs of local employers in the regions they serve. North Central State College applied to the State of Ohio and the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with the support of numerous businesses in North Central Ohio. This request was approved in March 2019.
About North Central State College
North Central State is a community college that serves 4,300 credit and non-credit unique students annually on its Mansfield campus, Kehoe Center in Shelby, the Crawford Success Center in Bucyrus and online. The College is preparing this area’s workforce by offering more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs of study, including comprehensive technical education in health sciences, general studies, public service, business, engineering technology, and corporate/community services. In addition to technical studies, North Central State College offers numerous associate of arts and associate of science degrees, which allow students to transfer credits to colleges and universities in the pursuit of advanced degrees.