Survey degree approved for fall 2019 enrollment at Northwestern
Leica Geosystems donates equipment valued at $850,000
January 11, 2019 -- TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will offer a new degree in surveying beginning with the fall 2019 semester.
The surveying degree complements existing training in marine technology and unmanned aerial systems and was created to offer additional employment options to students post-graduation. National labor forecasts call for 10 to 14 percent job growth in surveying through 2026.
NMC offers the only bachelor’s degree in marine technology in the nation and has gone from being an early adopter in UAS training to an industry leader.
“With the addition of this degree, NMC will have a comprehensive pathway from degree through professional development in the platform triad of marine, air, land – unique among community colleges nationally,” said Marguerite Cotto, vice president for lifelong and professional learning.
A professional advisory committee has guided the creation of the degree. A key partner in the new program is Leica Geosystems of Switzerland, content specialists and contributors of state-of-the-art industry training equipment.
“The addition of the land surveying program will not only complement existing programs, it will provide students with an extremely marketable and transferable skill set that is in huge demand by both private sector surveying and engineering companies as well as a host...