Verbatim statement issued Monday:
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Thanks to an agreement signed between Grace College and Trine University, beginning in fall 2011, Trine will offer several engineering degrees on the Grace campus, allowing students opportunities to reap the benefits of both a Grace education according to its mission and values, as well as specialized, on-campus training in engineering through Trine University.
Administrators from both schools met on the Grace campus on Monday, April 18, to sign the agreement. This model will allow students at Grace to graduate with a degree from Trine University. In addition to other programming, Trine will offer a Bachelor of Engineering with concentrations in mechanical, civil and biomedical engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, a Master of Science in Leadership, and an online master's degree in engineering.
"This is an opportunity for people who would have considered coming to Grace if we had offered engineering," said Grace president Ronald Manahan, Th.D. "They can come to Grace, live here on campus for all four years and get the Grace experience with the Trine degree in engineering. Through this agreement, we are able to expand our offerings."
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Grace College. Trine's engineering program is the culmination of more than a century of experience, and this is an exciting opportunity for us to reach out to yet another community to provide educational resources for students, that will in turn help local industry," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine University. "The biomedical corridor in northeast Indiana is the largest in the world, and we are excited to work together to bring as much talent as possible to this area to better support the needs of one of the fastest growing business sectors in Indiana today."
Because students in this program will receive a Trine degree rather than one from Grace, it is unlikely that most students will be able to complete the Trine engineering degrees in accordance with Grace's Reimagine program, which allows students to graduate in three years.
Both schools are independent colleges, and while Grace has traditionally held a more liberal arts focus, Trine has a long history in engineering. "On Trine's side, it extends the reach of their campus by using the very thing they specialize in, while Grace is now able to offer students additional programs," said Manahan.
Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees in programs to students in engineering, mathematics, science, computer science, business, teacher education, communication, criminal justice, golf management, social sciences, and various other fields of study. Trine is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 22 varsity sports. Its golf program includes the university-owned 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course. Founded in 1884 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org), Trine operates a 400-acre main campus in Angola, Ind. with regional learning centers in Angola, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Howe, Logansport, Schererville, Indianapolis and South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.