Globe adds 2 new degrees to campusGlobe University will offer two new associate degrees starting this winter. Engineering drafting and design and architectural drafting and design will start beginning Jan. 2 at the Woodbury campus.
By: Riham Feshir, Woodbury Bulletin
Globe University will offer two new associate degrees starting this winter.
Engineering drafting and design and architectural drafting and design will start beginning Jan. 2 at the Woodbury campus.
The college is partnering with Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) of Eagan to offer the degrees.
“The whole goal was to provide more opportunities and to strengthen our current drafting and design program,” said Tracy Hoel, Globe’s high school admissions coordinator.
Hoel said the two programs will help set strong career paths for many students, regardless of the economic state they face after graduation.
As long as there are people, civilization and multiple growth opportunities in the area, the demand for architects and engineers will continue to grow, she added.
Partnering with NTI comes at an advantage as well, said Jessica McCabe, Globe’s director of admissions.
NTI has a solid focus on drafting and design, which gives students the confidence they need when entering the job market.
“(Employers) know that that’s a quality student and a quality program,” McCabe said.
The engineering program, as well as the architecture, will use computer technology to help students build portfolios at the end of the two-year degree.
Globe University plans to offer bachelor’s degrees in the two fields, and the chance to advance in the business field as well.
“That’s the ultimate goal,” McCabe said. “The plan is to offer bachelor’s degrees in those areas so it gives them the ability to continue higher education.”
Students will be able to continue in the fields of architecture and engineering, or seek higher business degrees for more competitive jobs, after completing the undergraduate courses all together.
“Having that opportunity, too, eliminates frustration for students,” Hoel said, adding that by taking all classes in one school, students don’t have to figure out what credits transfer and the ones that don’t.
Hoel said there is a strong interest in engineering and architecture among high school students today.
Three students have already signed up for the programs. The school has open enrollment, which means more students can apply any time before classes begin.
The architecture and engineering programs are not too specific as to which area students have to specialize in, whether it’s residential, commercial or renovation for example.
Globe officials hope at least 10 students will start the first quarter in each program.
“It’s definitely really exciting because it is an industry and a degree that’s really needed in the community,” McCabe said. “Whether the economy is good or bad, we still need drafters.”