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McHenry County College Offers Affordable, Accessible Degrees in Engineering

Can’t get enough math or science? You might be a perfect fit for a career in engineering. McHenry County College (MCC) has several paths for students to achieve their goals in the field, offering degrees in both engineering science and engineering technology.

Students interested in studying engineering at a four-year school can get started with MCC’s Associate of Engineering Science (AES). The college has a guaranteed transfer agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the nation. The agreement allows students to complete core science, math, and general education courses at MCC for a much more affordable cost before transferring to complete an engineering degree.

Candidates for the engineering pathways program have generally earned As and Bs in high school, are strong in math and science, and enjoy using those skills to solve challenging problems. Students interested in applying to the program can follow the steps for application at The regular admission deadline for this year’s pathway program is April 15.

For students looking to enter the workforce more quickly, MCC offers three paths in Engineering Technology: Mechanical, Industrial, and Automation.

The Engineering Technology Program prepares students to meet the growing need for college-educated problem solvers who can support the engineering process. The program includes scientific and engineering principles that will help students understand why a system is designed in a particular fashion and how it works. In the program, students will acquire hands-on technical skills that enable them to solve production and system implementation problems and explain solutions.

“The technology revolution has created an expanding list of job opportunities in the field,” said Bob Mihelich, who leads the Applied Technology department at MCC. “Projected job growth is around 10% through 2029.”

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