Redefining the Classroom

Michigan University, Ontario College team up on engineering training

Posted: June 18th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING – Officials finalized an agreement on June 17 that lets Sault College students transfer electrical engineering technology diploma course work to Lake Superior State University, where they can earn full-fledged baccalaureate degrees in electrical engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. The two schools straddle the international border between Michigan and Ontario. From left are Sault College President Ron Common, LSSU's Dean Business and Engineering David Finley (standing), LSSU President Tony McLain, and Sault College Dean of Environment and Technology Colin Kirkwood. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Students who earn electrical engineering technology diplomas from Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., can now roll their earned credits into electrical engineering technology or manufacturing engineering technology baccalaureate degrees from Lake Superior State University.

The transfer agreement was signed June 17 on the Sault College campus by both institutions' deans, with both presidents looking on.

“This agreement creates more opportunities for more students,” said Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain. "The International Bridge that connects the twin Saults almost seems to have lengthened after September 11. LSSU's goal is to shorten it once more so that students and their ideas can flow back and forth more freely."

Presently, Sault College offers an Electrical Engineering Technology - Process Automation diploma, a six-semester program that concentrates on electrical and electronic principles as they apply to automated systems using programmable logic controllers.

Up to 134 credits derived from Sault College courses in robotics, electronics, telecommunications, and math will convert seamlessly into 120 credits in similar areas of study offer at Lake State. All that will remain for a Sault College transfer student to take at LSSU for a bachelor's will be 46 to 61 credits in general education and some specialized courses in statistics, physics, robotics and digital design, and a senior project.

“Expanding regional, provincial and international partnerships in education and industry involving academic initiatives, applied research, and shared services, is our priority. It’s exciting for us to partner with LSSU on such an innovative initiative,” said Sault College President Ron Common. “Increasingly, students want the benefits afforded by study at both a college and a university and working more closely with LSSU in this way allows for greater opportunities to do so.”

Conversely, Lake State electrical engineering technology and manufacturing technology students are welcome to enroll in Sault College courses to enhance scheduling flexibility in their required areas of study. This is especially attractive to Canadian students who are enrolled in an LSSU engineering technology track.

"At LSSU, we believe the Twin Saults to be one community, and this agreement provides yet another pathway for students in this region to garner baccalaureate engineering technology degrees," said LSSU's Dean of Business and Engineering David Finley, who worked extensively with Sault College to broker the transfer agreement. "Graduates of these programs are in high demand, and they will provide key intellectual capital for moving both the Michigan and Northern Ontario economy forward for years to come."

This new engineering technology transfer agreement joins a long history of partnerships between Sault College and LSSU on programs in nursing, teacher education, athletic training, exercise science, and criminal justice/fire science.

Contact the LSSU or Sault College admissions offices for more information and complete course transfer lists.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Susan Hunter, Sault College, e-mail, 705-759-2554, ext. 2753.