Shippensburg University announced the addition of a new school to the campus.
The building that was once was a steam plant for the university will soon house the School of Engineering.
School officials say the engineering program is growing fast. The freshman class up 60 percent from last year to this year.
“The programs are maturing. Some of them are now five and six years old,” said Carol Wellington, School of Engineering Director. “We’re getting a reputation with companies to hire out students and that encourages more students to come.”
This addition comes at a time when school officials say it will help students find more jobs in the workforce. Local companies including Volvo have collaborated with the university to hire qualified interns. Andy Williford, Vice President of Human Resources at Volvo says they have to really pick and choose at what is generally a male dominated industry.
“Partnership helps us to be intentional about those opportunities, but absolutely we have to put focus on them to find the right kind of diversity to fill those positions,” said Williford.
According to school officials, the most recent addition, Civil Engineering, was approved in 2018. They hope this school brings more hands on experience and will prepare students entering the workforce.
“We looked at what are the places in Pennsylvania and elsewhere and what kinds of engineers they need and we have targeted those programs to meet those needs,” said Wellington.
The school is expected to move to the new building in the near future.
It will be home to three new departments: Department of Computer Science; the Department of Computer, Electrical and Software Engineering; and the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.