Nov. 19, 2014
Micron Foundation Gives $200,000 to Northwest Nazarene University in Grants
NAMPA, IDAHO – Micron Foundation donated $200,000 to Northwest Nazarene University to assist in the university’s new engineering program.
The program is a new bachelor of science major that will graduate its first class this year. It began in the fall of 2010 with 12 students, and now currently holds 62 students.
The grant is to help get accreditation, as it is yet to be accredited. The money can also help create new courses in the program.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) is the organization that accredits engineering programs nationwide to ensure graduates are obtaining a high-quality, professional education.
The university president, David Alexander, plans on accepting the money to further his students’ education and faculty’s experience.
“We are grateful to the Micron Foundation for their investment in the future of NNU’s engineering students,” he said. “This grant affirms the caliber and promise of our emerging engineering program. We look forward to leveraging these funds to attract stellar faculty to this growing program, and in so doing, serving the engineering needs of the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
ABET accreditation is essential for graduates to pursue professional engineering licensure and graduate education.
The university is actively recruiting faculty, staff and students to the program and looking for high-caliber applicants.
High-tech jobs are growing nearly four times faster than the national average, and there are not enough graduates from Idaho universities in engineering fields to keep up with the demand. This may also hamper growth in the technology industry in Idaho.
Micron Foundation executive director, Dee Mooney, explains his support of NNU’s desire to reinforce the engineering field.
“The Micron Foundation supports NNU’s efforts to strengthen its engineering program, which supports the State of Idaho’s goal of boosting education in science, technology, engineering and math.”
The money will go to hiring two professors and a laboratory manager.
A total of six faculty in electrical, mechanical and engineering physics must be in place by the accreditation review in 2014.
Accordingly, NNU Engineering Program Director, Dr. Stephen Parke, describes how this money will assist the university’s students and programs.
“The Micron Foundation grant to our engineering program is greatly appreciated,” he said. “It provides leadership in our on-going fundraising efforts to put in place the faculty, lab equipment, and facilities required to build a high-quality engineering program and achieve ABET accreditation in the shortest possible time.”
About Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university, offers more than 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, McCall, Twin Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education student and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.
About Micron Foundation
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities. To learn more about the Micron Technology Foundation, visit its web site at www.micron.com/foundation.
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