Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood and SIU
Edwardsville Dean of Engineering Dr. Hasan Savim signed a five-year extension
of the “2+2” Articulation Agreement between the schools at the annual
Pre-engineering Banquet on Thursday, May 2 in the lifelong Learning Center on
KC’s main campus.
The “2+2” Articulation agreement allows for pre-engineering
students who earn an Associates of Engineering Science degree in Pre-engineering
at KC to transfer seamlessly into junior level engineering classes at SIUE. The “2+2” agreement has been very successful,
and serves as the model for other agreements the university is implementing
with other area community colleges, according to Dr. Savim, who was effusive in
his praise of former KC students who enter the school of engineering at SIUE.
Some of the first former KC students set to graduate from
SIUE in the “2+2” program this month were also in attendance at the banquet,
and spoke of their experiences at SIUE, including Tiffany Geppert of Nashville,
Ryan Quick of Sandoval, and Steve and Derek Hoerchler of Trenton. Derek Hoerchler, who will graduate from SIUE
with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, was a member of the Formula 1 club and
Tao Beta Epsilon and was the winner of the Outstanding Senior in Mechanical
“I feel that the classes I took at Kaskaskia College gave me
an edge on other junior-level students [at SIUE], Derek said. “Thanks to the focus of the KC faculty and
staff on our success, we were very well prepared.”
“SIU Edwardsville is the number one transfer school for our
graduates,” said Dr. Underwood. “As
these students attest, their successful preparation is due to the unstinting
efforts of our outstanding faculty. Our successful agreement with SIUE and
others shows that we are in partnership with our universities, not in
competition.” Dr. Underwood praised the
leadership and work of Dean Kellie Henegar and Department Chair Eric Hofelich
for establishing the KC Pre-engineering program.
For more information on Kaskaskia College and SIU
Edwardsville’s “2+2” Articulation Agreement, and the outstanding KC Pre-engineering
program, please contact Professor Erich Hofelich at 618-545-3359 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.