Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University recently joined to create the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at TJC.
Qualified students are admitted to the Texas A&M College of Engineering, complete the first two years of coursework at a cost savings at TJC, and then finish their engineering degrees at Texas A&M’s flagship institution in College Station.
This innovative co-enrollment partnership was developed to address the state’s growing need for engineers. In Texas, the projected need for engineers in the workforce is 51,000 by 2028. To meet this need, universities and two-year colleges must work together to bridge the gap and attract and retain students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields.
The first cohort of 14 students began their studies at TJC in the fall semester.
Current high school seniors interested in applying for the Fall 2024 cohort at TJC must first apply and be accepted to TJC and then fill out the prequalification form at tx.ag/AcademyPrequal.
“We use the prequalification form to determine that they are ready to take precalculus or a higher math during their first fall semester at TJC, and if so, they are given a link to apply to Texas A&M Engineering Academies,” said Dr. Rebecca Owens, TJC engineering and physical sciences department chair and professor. “If accepted, they are fully enrolled at both Texas A&M and TJC. This is a concurrent enrollment agreement, not a transfer agreement, so there will be no additional application to A&M needed.”
Since students are simultaneously enrolled in both institutions, they have student IDs and privileges to attend football games and other events at both schools.
“Any current high school senior with an interest in attending the Texas A&M College of Engineering and saving money by doing it at TJC should absolutely contact us to get started on this great opportunity,” Owens said.
For more information, go to TJC.edu/EngineeringAcademy.