November 10, 2016
Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute (NWI) and Western Texas College (WTC) on Thursday (Nov. 10) signed an agreement that would allow students at the college in Snyder to transfer coursework earned on an associate’s degree and apply it toward a bachelor’s degree in wind energy.
The agreement was signed by representatives of both NWI and Western Texas College in a ceremony on the Texas Tech campus. It allows students who have earned an associate of arts in general studies-science at WTC to transfer their coursework to Texas Tech toward a bachelor of science in wind energy. Students will be encouraged to complete the associate’s degree before transferring to Texas Tech.
“Our relationship with Western Texas College has been important in the growth of the Wind Energy Education Program within the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech,” said Andy Swift, associate director of education for the NWI. “With more than 180 students now majoring in wind energy and an 80 percent placement rate in the growing renewable power sector, we look forward to formalizing transfer opportunities for regional students from WTC to complete their studies at Texas Tech and be successful leaders and professionals in this growing energy industry.”
Students at Western Texas College also will be able to transfer additional coursework, and Texas Tech will accept both the transferrable core curriculum and other coursework within the Texas common course numbering system.
“With the robust development of wind power we are seeing in our community and the nation, WTC is excited to offer this innovative program,” said Barb Beebe, president of Western Texas College. “Our partnership enables WTC to better serve the needs of our students by offering a seamless transfer to Texas Tech. This partnership provides students with the tools and education needed to succeed in the energy sector. Western Texas College hopes to continue the history of successful partnerships with Texas Tech University far into the future.”
WTC students who wish to transfer their coursework to Texas Tech must meet assured admission requirements for the wind energy program. Those requirements include:
The agreement will run through 2018 unless either institution desires to terminate the partnership prior to the end of the term. The agreement will be subject to an annual review by representatives of both Western Texas College and Texas Tech.
This is not the first agreement between the schools to help students earn degrees at both institutions. In 2012, a similar partnership was executed to allow students to transfer coursework earned in an associate of science in wind energy at WTC toward a bachelor of science in wind energy at Texas Tech, with a goal of increasing opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students.
“Texas Tech and Western Texas College have had a long partnership working together in wind energy that spans more than six years,” said Marina Gonzales, WTC wind energy curriculum specialist. “WTC received funding to start a wind energy program through a Title V grant. Since then WTC has established the necessary science courses needed to provide a seamless transfer. We have worked with Texas Tech very closely to write a hands-on curriculum that prepares students to develop and design wind farms.”
Texas Tech aided Western Texas College in the creation of five wind energy courses at the community college level that were the equivalent of lower division undergraduate courses toward a bachelor’s degree in wind energy. Those five courses are part of the transferrable curriculum in the new agreement between the institutions.
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.