What is it?
The Engineering Pathways document lists courses Chandler-Gilbert (CGCC) and Estrella Mountain (EMCC) Community Colleges that fulfill the predetermined Get into Energy (GIE) Engineering Foundation and the Engineering Pathways GIE Credential requirements. The Engineering Technology AAS Degree program, also offered at CGCC and EMCC, includes courses that fully transfer between the two colleges and formally articulate with the BSE Electrical Engineering (Electric Power & Energy Systems) Degree at Arizona State University’s (ASU’s) Fulton School of Engineering via the Maricopa to ASU Pathway Program (MAPP).
How is it done?
The GIE Engineering Foundation and Engineering Pathways GIE Credential are industry developed and recognized by the Arizona Get Into Energy Consortium comprised of five Arizona colleges (Chandler-Gilbert CC, Estrella Mountain CC, Yavapai College, Northland Pioneer CC, and Pima CC), utility industry partners, and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). The GIE Consortium met regularly to develop courses, programs, and the corresponding stackable credentials that give students opportunity to make every course count toward their degree. The courses comprising the Engineering Foundation and Engineering Pathways GIE Credentials were selected from an existing Engineering Technology AAS program at CGCC and identified to satisfy CEWD’s Career and Personal Development (CPD) Course and the Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) Course. Courses making up the Engineering Technology AAS program at CGCC were selected in partnership with ASU who accepts the transfer of credits from these courses toward their Electrical Power and Energy Systems BS Engineering degree.
What are the results and impacts?
Students who choose to pursue an electrical engineering BS degree with a focus on Electric Power and Energy Systems can take the early courses at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and earn credentials that can lead to internship opportunities at local utilities, and transfer all credits earned to ASU toward the BS degree. Students completing the list of courses for the Engineering Pathways GIE Credential may contact their Career Coach for guidance on opportunities to interview with SRP or other utility companies for an internship in a paraprofessional job.
What have we learned?
Aligning engineering courses into an engineering program for seamless transfer of credits from a community college to university is achieved by course only, and not yet as a block of credits by program.