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UK launches Department of Engineering Technology

A partnership with BCTC and Toyota

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Given advancements in technology, society is calling upon engineers to solve the world’s most complex problems.

That call is being answered thanks to a unique partnership between the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky UK and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Students can now earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Technology.

The new Department of Engineering Technology — made possible in large part to a $2.25 million gift from Toyota — offers two four-year undergraduate degrees in lean systems engineering technology and computer engineering technology.

Additionally, the innovative collaboration involves BCTC’s Integrated Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology programs.

Graduates of the new pathways will be trained in the latest technologies and equipped with the practical skills necessary for thriving in advanced technology industries.

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Bachelor of Science in Lean Systems Engineering Technology (LST)

The LST program will prepare students to thrive in a highly competitive global marketplace and provide the skills necessary to improve quality output, streamline processes and reduce waste.

The curriculum will include classroom instruction and lab experiences, which will build upon UK Engineering’s more than 25-year partnership with Toyota. LST students will benefit from professional instructors, some of whom are former Toyota executives.

LST students spend their first years earning their AAS degree in integrated engineering technology at BCTC’s Georgetown campus, before working toward their bachelor’s degree at UK’s main campus.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology (CPT)

The CPT program will provide in-depth knowledge of hardware and software design, development, and maintenance. Students will learn industry-standard approaches to application software development and state-of-the-art problem-solving techniques for developing application code and firmware, including networking and web operations.

The curriculum will include classroom instruction and lab experiences where students will gain a strong background in cutting-edge development with programming languages currently used in the industry.

Additionally, those in the program will gain an architectural understanding of computer systems from low-level gate design to high-end microprocessors and current bus standards.

CPT students spend their first years earning their AAS degree in computer engineering technology at BCTC’s Newtown campus or online, before working toward their bachelor’s degree at UK’s main campus.

Toyota’s Investment to Diversify Engineering Workforce

The department is made possible, in large part, by a $2.25 million gift from one of the world’s largest automakers.

The funds will be used toward laboratory enhancement, as well as the establishment of a Toyota Engineering Technology Distinguished Professorship.

In April, Toyota announced a $1.7 million investment to increase opportunities for underrepresented students and assist them in earning engineering degrees. The gift will be used to establish and support the Toyota Engineering Technology Diversity Scholarship Fund, which will provide annual scholarships for undergraduate students.

Preference will be given to students whose ethnic, racial, gender, or background would enhance the diversity of their institution, as long as these preferences are narrowly tailored to the university’s achievement of its interest in obtaining the educational benefits of a diverse student body. However, every student who is enrolled in the program is a Kentucky resident and has unmet financial needs will have an opportunity to compete for the scholarship.

Beginning Fall 2021, 35 students over a five-year period will be selected to receive full-tuition scholarships. In addition to the preferences, participation in the program and Kentucky residency status, recipients will be determined after a review of the applicants’ qualifications, such as academic merit, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and professional goals.

Learn more about BCTC’s Integrated Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology programs on the BCTC website.

To learn more about the Department of Engineering Technology, you can visit the UK Engineering website.

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