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New Engineering accreditation is mark of excellence

New Engineering accreditation is mark of excellence

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Earning a mark of excellence recognized worldwide, the Fort Lewis College Engineering program is now accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org), the international accrediting body for applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs. The stamp of approval for FLC Engineering comes just as the College is breaking ground for a new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering building. A portion of Berndt Hall has already been demolished to make way for the 60,000-square-foot facility.

FLC’s Engineering-Physics program is also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org). As explained on the ABET website, “Simply put, accreditation is value. Reaching into our public, private, and professional lives, accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility.”

“This is a great milestone for our program and the Fort Lewis College campus,” says Physics & Engineering Department Chair Ryan Haaland. “It reflects an extraordinary effort by our faculty and staff and extraordinary commitment from our administration. We are excited about what lies ahead for current and future students entering all of our programs.”

Fort Lewis College's Engineering program lives up to the high standards expected of ABET accreditation. For example, in recent years, FLC engineering students consistently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam at a higher rate than the national average. Once they pass the FE, alumni of the engineering program boast an employment rate of over 90 percent.

The future looks bright for those pursuing a career in engineering. Civil engineering, for example, is expected to add more than 50,000 jobs in the United States over the next decade. That’s nearly twice as fast as the estimated growth rate for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“I’m very proud of the physics and engineering faculty and staff,” says Dr. Maureen Brandon, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. “They work hard to be sure that our academic program meets the standards and criteria of ABET. The accreditation decision is a testament to the quality of our engineering program.”

The new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering building is particularly important for the Engineering program, which has seen its enrollment more than double over the past few years. The new facility is expected to open Fall 2016.

Learn more about the Fort Lewis College Physics & Engineering Department .

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Village Aid team brings engineering skills to remote villages [photos]

Village Aid team brings engineering skills to remote villages [photos]

A team from FLC and Durango spent more than two weeks in May constructing a water system and communal taps in Than Taung, Myanmar.

The Village Aid Project is an all-volunteer campus program, open to students in any major, that brings together students, faculty, and community professionals to improve the infrastructure in impoverished communities in Latin America and Asia. 

This spring's team included two faculty, three community partners, and eight FLC students, who travelled to the Shan State, in Myanmar. There they also conducted monitoring and evaluation in five communities where water systems were implemented in prior years, and assessed new communities for water implementation projects in the summer of 2019.

New signs welcome drivers to campus

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New three-panel signs touting FLC as "Colorado's Crossroads of Education + Adventure" welcome students, families, and visitors driving up to campus. 

FLC's Broncos pre-season commercial! [VIDEO]

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Marketing & Communications just released a commercial that will air before Denver Broncos pre-season games on KREZ. Go Skyhawks!