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Canadian Option now available for Dordt Engineering Students

February 4, 2010

Canadian OptionA new cooperative agreement between Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and Dordt College in Sioux Center will allow Canadian students who intend to enroll in Dordt’s accredited engineering degree program to take their first year of study at Redeemer.

The formal articulation agreement was signed by Dr. Justin Cooper, President of Redeemer, and Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, President of Dordt College, at a ceremony held January 28 in Canada.

The agreement will allow Redeemer students to enroll one year at that institution, and then transfer to Dordt College to finish an engineering degree in the ensuing three years. The “1-and-3” program opens a new path for Canadian students who want to study engineering at a Christian institution, noted Dr. Cooper. “They will receive at Redeemer a solid framework for their future studies within a flexible program that gives them option for their next steps.”

Dr. Zylstra noted that, “We are proud to be able to partner with Redeemer University to provide a biblically-based, Christ-centered education in engineering. Dordt’s long established program in the engineering sciences presents a wonderful opportunity for Redeemer students, and indeed anyone interested in engineering, to pursue a degree from a fully accredited program.”

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges that offers an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Five emphases are offered at Dordt: mechanical, electrical, civil-environmental, computer, and biomedical.

Over the last eight years, 98 percent of Dordt’s engineering students have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (first step toward licensure as a professional engineer) on their first try, which is well above the national average. Eight out of ten students get hands-on experience through a summer internship, and over the past seven years, 98 percent of Dordt graduates found employment, with 92 percent being hired as professional engineers, also above the national average.

Dr. Derek Schuurman, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Redeemer noted, “Many prospective engineering students have not considered Redeemer in the past. With the new Dordt agreement, they can now begin here and continue their studies at a sister institution which shares Redeemer’s vision that ‘all things,’ including engineering, can be shaped by a Christian perspective.”

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