CSU, Long Beach offers engineering degree options for local students

Posted: November 13, 2012

People interested in pursuing an engineering career are invited to attend an information session 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster to learn about a local engineering degree program offered through California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Faculty members and advisors will be available to discuss the Engineering Degree Pathway offered through the CSULB College of Engineering in conjunction with Antelope Valley College and Cerro Coso Community College.

Antelope Valley residents have the ability to complete the first two years of engineering education at Antelope Valley College or Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest, and then transfer to CSULB. CSULB offers locally bachelor’s degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering.

Monday’s event will include a special presentation by Sharon Dalmage, director of AVC’s Palmdale Center.

The cohort-based program at the Lancaster University Center admits 25 students in each of the two majors each fall.

Students transferring to CSULB who have completed the necessary prerequisites will be able to graduate from Cal State’s program in 2.5 years.

Cal State Long Beach launched the local engineering degree program last year in an effort to boost the number of “home grown” engineers to work in the aerospace industry.

The program is viewed as an attractive option for valley students to attend a nationally ranked program without leaving the area.