Texas Tech College of Engineering and ConocoPhillips Partner for Students

Texas Tech University is pleased to announce a $500,000 five-year partnership with ConocoPhillips to assist entering students at the College of Engineering.

Texas Tech University is pleased to announce a $500,000 five-year partnership with ConocoPhillips to assist entering students at the College of Engineering. This partnership establishes the ConocoPhillips Academic Success Bridge Program for engineering students at Texas Tech University.

The program will provide study skills training, academic preparation, tutoring, mentoring, scholarships and other academic support services to entering freshmen engineering students. These resources will encourage students in pursuing careers in engineering. Bridge Program participants also will have opportunities to interact with engineers, scientists and other technical professionals as they look to their own future.

Students participating in the program will take six hours of credit courses and be housed on campus in Lubbock for one month during this program.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to enhance our students’ potential for academic achievement in engineering," said Pamela Eibeck, dean of the College of Engineering. "We appreciate ConocoPhillips’ commitment to the academic preparation of future engineers. The partnership between Texas Tech and ConocoPhillips will enable us to better serve our students and to build the ‘bridge’ between high school and collegiate studies."

The ConocoPhillips Academic Success Bridge Program aims to increase the enrollment and retention of engineering students including first generation college students, minority students, and/or students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Nationally, only 38 percent of all entering engineering majors complete an engineering degree in six years. At Texas Tech University, the goal is to graduate 50 percent of entering freshmen within six years. Entering freshmen are most likely to stay in engineering if they have the tools for academic success, and if they have a clear vision of the engineering profession and feel a part of the college community.

The program is especially for students who wish to major in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, engineering technology, information systems, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics.
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CONTACT: Kevin Ludlum, senior director, College of Engineering,
(806) 742-3451 or kevin.ludlum@ttu.edu.