National Wind Institute, Western Texas College to Sign 2-plus-2 Agreement

The agreement will help students from Western Texas earn a bachelor’s degree in wind energy at Texas Tech.

WHAT: Texas Tech University National Wind Institute, Western Texas College to sign 2-plus-2 partnership

WHEN: 1-2 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10)

WHERE: West Hall Conference Room

EVENT: Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute (NWI), one of the nation's leading research entities on wind and its effects on human life, will sign an agreement with Western Texas College in Snyder that will allow students to transfer coursework from an associate of arts in general studies-science degree from WTC and apply it toward a Bachelor of science in wind energy degree at Texas Tech.

The agreement, one of several between the two institutions, is an effort to attain the goals set out by the State of Texas and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's recent report calling for an increase in the number of Texas residents earning a bachelor's degree.

Andy Swift, the associate director of education for the NWI, and Chris Pattison, assistant director of wind education and professor of wind energy at the NWI, will be among the Texas Tech representatives attending the event. Barbara Beebe, president of Western Texas College, and Stephanie Ducheneaux, dean of instructional affairs at Western Texas College, are expected to attend.

CONTACT: Andy Swift, associate director of education, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1990 or

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National Wind Institute


National Wind Institute (NWI) is world-renowned for conducting innovative research in the areas of wind energy, wind hazard mitigation, wind-induced damage, severe storms and wind-related economics.

NWI is also home to world-class researchers with expertise in numerous academic fields such as atmospheric science, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, mathematics and economics, and NWI was the first in the nation to offer a doctorate in Wind Science and Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.


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