Waco's MCC adding new engineering, business degreesWaco's MCC adding new engineering, business degreeshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=72402013-05-30T09:01:00Z2013-05-30T00:00:00Z

WACO - McLennan Community College is adding new degrees in business and engineering as the college explores creating new academic programs to attract more students from throughout Central Texas.

Beginning in fall 2013, the college is adding six new engineering degrees in biomedical, chemical, industrial, civil, mechanical and industrial engineering. It now offers only a broader-based associates of science in engineering degree.

Associate Mathematics Professor April Andreas said engineering enrollment has grown from 60 students in 2009 to around 200 in the spring 2013 semester.

The business department will begin offering an associate degree in operations management aimed at preparing workers for supervisory roles with manufacturing companies. The degree will cover principles in economics, accounting, leadership, human resource management and purchasing.

The new operations management business degree will help train and educate a workforce to take on management responsibilities in local manufacturing companies.

Ron Epps, dean of MCC’s workforce education department, said the college decided to add the degree based on feedback from a survey last fall of local companies like Mars and Coca-Cola. Most of the companies said they want to see workers with greater critical thinking.

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