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CMU, CU Boulder announce new program added to engineering partnership

Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado Boulder will add a third engineering program to their growing partnership, giving students the opportunity to complete another engineering degree while remaining on the West Slope.

CMU President Tim Foster and CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Bobby Braun announced that the Electrical and Computer Engineering program starts next fall. The announcement came Wednesday evening at the grand opening of CMU’s newest building, Confluence Hall, which houses the engineering programs.

 “As you may recall, it was about 10 years ago that we began offering Mechanical Engineering on our campus. We followed that successful model and added civil engineering in 2016. We plan to start the new engineering program next fall,” Foster

“The University of Colorado is thrilled to expand our present engineering partnership program with CMU,” Braun said. “Adding Electrical and Computer Engineering to our existing programs on the Western Slope will broaden the possibilities for future generations of engineers while building the state’s economic competitiveness. CU is proud to partner with CMU to grow access to engineering education across the state.”

CU Regent Glen Gallegos said he is very vested in CMU, CU and the success of this partnership.

“I am a proud alumnus of Mesa Junior College. I served as a trustee for CMU and I am now a CU regent. I am extremely excited at how far we have moved forward,” Gallegos said. The people who win are the students and the people of western Colorado.”

Students enrolled in the partnership engineering programs receive instruction from CMU faculty the first two years and from CU faculty the last two years. All instruction is delivered at CMU.

Enrollment in engineering programs delivered at CMU has grown dramatically over the last 10 years since the partnership began with more than 400 students currently enrolled in both the two- and four-years programs. Former CMU Trustee Lena Elliott, who was very involved initially, said the partnership has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“We thought if we could get 10 the first year, it would be a huge success and got 30 or so,” she said. “Look at us now! Any time you start a partnership, the devil is in the details and CU has been a great partner.”