Clemson University will begin offering graduate-level mechanical engineering courses at the Lowcountry Graduate Center in January to help fill the need for highly educated workers in the Charleston area. Students who enroll in this program will now be able to work toward a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering without leaving the Lowcountry.
“New industry in the area is attracting engineers and technically-prepared employees who are looking to further their education in mechanical engineering,” said Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. “The college’s role is to provide the graduate-level educational programs that will help meet the demand. All of this is focused on driving a knowledge-based economy in South Carolina.”
Mechanical Engineering was one of the areas identified as experiencing a severe shortage in the Lowcountry according to the recent Workforce Supply and Demand Gap Analysis commissioned by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and other local community organizations. “Increasing our region’s engineering talent is critical for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. Clemson’s new degree offered through the Lowcountry Graduate Center shows the power of collaboration to identify talent solutions. This is an important step for our future,” stated Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
“Utilizing state of the art distance learning technology will enable students enrolled in Charleston to receive the same quality graduate education as those who study on the main campus in Clemson,” said Dr. Randy Collins, Executive Director of Academic Initiatives in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. “We will offer students opportunities to engage in both classroom education and research here in the Lowcountry. We look forward to collaborating with the other institutions of higher education in Charleston, as well as local industry and working professionals, to provide educational programs that meet their needs.”
Initially, Clemson University will be able to provide 49 percent of the mechanical engineering degree at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “The university has made significant progress toward Commission on Higher Education approval to provide all the degree requirements in North Charleston, which was supported by the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Academic Programs at its quarterly meeting on Oct. 16,” explained Dr. Debra Jackson, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the President at Clemson University. “We are also in the process of developing strong partnerships with The Citadel and the College of Charleston. Our Clemson University Restoration Institute campus will provide opportunities for students in the Lowcountry to engage in cutting edge engineering research.”
Clemson’s mechanical engineering program will join the Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Carolina and the Master of Science in Project Management from The Citadel that are also available at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “Our goal is to identify the greatest needs in our region and find new programs that will complement the Lowcountry’s current higher education offerings. This enables us to help fill the talent gap while making the most effective possible use of taxpayer dollars,” stated Dr. Nancy Muller, Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center.
Additional information about Clemson’s mechanical engineering program and how to apply online is available at bit.ly/ClemsonME. For other questions, contact Ms. Patricia Simpson, Student Services Coordinator for the Lowcountry Graduate Center, at [email protected] or 843.953.3462.