Grad Center opens in Port Huron

By Website Administrator | Jan 28, 2004

More than 50 business and education leaders participated when ceremonies unveiled the new Port Huron Graduate Center Wednesday, Jan. 21. The Graduate Center is an alliance between Kettering and St. Clair County Community College (SC4) and will now provide graduate and continuing education opportunities in engineering and business for the Port Huron and Thumb Area.

Kettering University just moved a little piece of itself East.

More than 50 business and education leaders participated when ceremonies unveiled the new Port Huron Graduate Center Wednesday, Jan. 21. The Graduate Center is an alliance between Kettering and St. Clair County Community College (SC4) and will now provide graduate and continuing education opportunities in engineering and business for the Port Huron and Thumb Area.

"We're very excited at SC4 because this marks the establishment of a program that doesn't exist in the Port Huron area," said SC4 Provost Gus J. Demas. "SC4 is honored to have a partner with a worldwide reputation in engineering. These two fine institutions are taking a step forward to provide graduate programs without having to leave our area. It will benefit students and business in St. Clair County."

David Strubler, associate vice president of Graduate Studies at Kettering, called the new Grad Center a great alliance. "This new marriage of these two colleges is important for the community, will help students get jobs and keep jobs, and will prepare a workforce for the changing world," Strubler said. "Kettering prides itself on being expert at marrying learning and working. We are also very good at the mass customization of education."

Strubler told the business and education representatives that Kettering's Graduate Studies program provides specialized technical training. "We can bring the course to you," he said. "We can create the course for you and deliver it right here on this campus in Port Huron."

Craig Greenia, who is an alumnus of SC4 and earned master's degrees from Kettering in 2001 and 2003, said he is an advocate for Kettering's graduate program and is pleased it is now available at his other alma mater. "I'm so proud of the education I got at Kettering," he said. "I'm glad SC4 and Kettering have gotten together and that SC4 is making this available to the community."

Here's how it works:

Kettering faculty members capture graduate courses in formats including CD-ROM, videotape, or delayed videostreaming over the Internet. These classes are then sent directly to the Graduate Center. Students can view the materials together and discuss them, or take them home. Each class covers lectures, presentation materials and class discussions with questions and answers. This process allows students to work independently, if unable to attend a particular class session.

Master's of science degrees are available in:

  • Mechanical Engineering (CAE Simulation and Mechanical Design concentrations),
  • Information Technology,
  • Manufacturing Engineering,
  • Manufacturing Management,
  • Manufacturing Operations and
  • Operations Management.

Greenia said earning his master's degree through Kettering's distance learning program was something he was "long dedicated" too. "When I started I was married but had no children," he said. "By the time I graduated my twins were in Kindergarten, plus I had two other children," he added, with a laugh.

"One of the advantages if you are using the videotape is that you can hit rewind and watch it again and again and again. I had watched 580 hours of videotape by the time I was done," he said, "and there are no snow days when they send you a tape!"

EDUCATION FAIR: More information about course format and content will be available to individuals who are interested in the Graduate Center at an informational meeting for prospective graduate students Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the M-TEC Building at SC4.

This initiative is an ongoing part of a strategic partnership created in February 2003 between Kettering and SC4.

For more information, contact Kettering University at 1-866-KU-GRADS (1-866-584-7237).

KEY DATES:

March 1 - Deadline for admissions for spring term at Kettering University Graduate Program in Flint.

April 12 - Classes begin at the SC4 Graduate Center in Port Huron.

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu