Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Ogden News

WKU launching competency-based program in Advanced Manufacturing

WKU launching competency-based program in Advanced Manufacturing

Distance learning model offers flexibility for adult learners

Adult learners in the region have an even more flexible option to expand their education in the advanced manufacturing area through a new model at WKU. The new model is a modularized competency-based distance learning approach, which measures learning rather than the amount of time students spend in a classroom.

The first competency-based program will be a bachelor of science degree in Advanced Manufacturing, which is a bachelor completion program for students with an associate degree in science from a Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) school. The program will officially launch Dec. 1.

“Through this program, students gain the tools necessary to apply basic engineering principles and advanced manufacturing skills to support industrial operations,” said Architectural & Manufacturing Sciences Department Chair Dr. Greg Arbuckle.

The program is offered through a partnership between the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) and the Department of Architectural & Manufacturing Services (AMS). WKU is part of Kentucky Commonwealth College, a consortium of public institutions dedicated to expanding opportunities for adult learners.

“This competency-based program enhances WKU’s distance learning opportunities,” said Julie Uranis, Director of Distance Learning at WKU. “We are committed to making higher education more accessible to everyone throughout the region, and this new approach provides an additional option for adult students.”

Students are able to complete coursework based on the timeline they choose. The program is offered through WKU On Demand, which means students can begin classes whenever they choose and complete assignments according to their own calendar.

“Through this approach, students progress through their program at their own pace, as they prove their knowledge and skills required for the course,” Arbuckle said. “It’s is not only flexible, but it’s ideal for students who want to increase employment opportunities within the advanced manufacturing industry.”

Students complete coursework online and gain practical experience through on-site labs at WKU.

“Degree completion combined with practical experience can open new job opportunities for students enrolled in this program,” Arbuckle said. “And the flexibility this type of format offers makes it more attainable for students who are juggling personal and professional commitments.”

To watch a video that explains competency-based learning or to learn more about this completion degree program, visit www.wku.edu/amsondemand.

Contact: Tanja Bibbs, (270) 745-5305

Categories
Latest Headlines
Today@WKU: January 22, 2018

Welcome to Today@WKU, the daily newsletter from WKU Public Affairs, for January 22, 2018.

View from the Hill: Ogden College Hall welcomes students on Jan. 22

When WKU students start the spring semester Monday (Jan. 22), a long-awaited building will finally be open. Amy Bingham takes us inside Ogden College Hall in this View from the Hill.

Board of Regents to hold committee meetings Jan. 26

The committees of the WKU Board of Regents will meet Jan. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Martin Regents Room of Jody Richards Hall.

Featured Articles
WKU senior selected as 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Princess

Katie Bouchard, a WKU senior from Owensboro, is among five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court.

'Kaleidoscope' exhibit to feature 'Kentucky Sun Quilt'

Featuring 30 quilts, including the circa 1880 Kentucky Sun Quilt, "Kaleidoscope: Kentucky Museum Quilts" will open Jan. 22 at the Kentucky Museum.

2018 Winter Weather Communications Plan

Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

Empower.Connect.Serve

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 3/6/17