Civil Engineering Practitioner Program

Civil Engineering Practitioner Program Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the Civil Engineering Practitioner Program's most commonly asked questions.

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What is the Civil Engineering Practitioner Program?

To address a national shortage of professional civil engineers, TMCC has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry in northern Nevada to develop a two-year program that will produce highly-qualified civil engineering practitioners.

Contact the Civil Engineering Practitioner Program for more information.

What is the difference between a Civil Engineering Practitioner Program Associate of Science (AS) and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree?

An Associate of Science (AS) degree is focused mostly on liberal arts. This means that if you get an AS degree, most of your classes will be English, math, science, history and social science.

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is focused on your major. Only about six to seven of your classes will be English, math, science, history and social science. All other coursework will come from the Civil Engineering Practitioner Program curriculum.

Both degrees have pros and cons. For example, an AS degree can be transferred to a university and typically allows you to complete a bachelor's degree in two years. An AAS degree cannot be transferred to a university but some of the classes may. If you decide to get a bachelor's degree, it will require more time. However, if you only want to attend college for two years and then start working, the AAS degree is much more valuable than the AS degree.

How much is the Civil Engineering Practitioner program student stipend?

This program will help provide internships for 15 qualified students during the summer and part-time work during the school year, which will provide students with "real world" application of their coursework.

We are also offering stipends to these students to help them take a full course load each semester and graduate within four semesters. We believe that this two pronged approach—a practical curriculum integrated with on-the-job training—will produce a practitioner ready to work in business and industry after successfully completing the program.

Students selected to participate in the initial cadre of 15 will receive a stipend of $375 per semester over four semesters, for a total of $1,500. Students must be willing to participate in ongoing evaluation and assessment activities which may include questionnaires, observations, interviews, and other evaluation data.

See also: Application for Stipend Award 

For more information please contact James Nichols, CEPP Project Manager.