Kaskaskia College Signs “2+2” Agreement Extension at Pre-Engineering Banquet


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 Engineering award.

“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




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