Beginning in fall 2022, Penn State Altoona will offer Cornerstone to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) as a dual enrollment course at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (CTC). Several local businesses have provided funding for student scholarships.

EDSGN 100 provides students with a foundation for engineering design through hands-on team projects that address specified design opportunities. Through this course, students will recognize the role that engineering and design have in improving the health, safety, and welfare of the global community, as well as identifying when a solution is technically feasible, economically viable, and desirable. Students will use a range of design tools and techniques to carry out and communicate their design processes as applied to their projects. Additionally, students will develop and practice professional skills, such as communication, teamwork, and ethical decision-making. Course delivery will be via faculty-led lessons, hands-on activities, and discussions.

“We are more than excited to offer our first engineering dual enrollment course at the CTC,” says Jordan Bittner, instructor in engineering. “The students will be able to stay at the CTC while taking the same course our engineering freshmen are taking across town at Penn State Altoona.”

The course is three credits and open to high school juniors and seniors. Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are recognized at all Penn State campuses.

Dual enrollment allows high school students to get a jump on their college career, earn Penn State credits, and receive a tuition adjustment. Financial assistance is available.