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January 16, 2024

USJ offers new engineering science degree to address state workforce shortage

Contributed University of St. Joseph

The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford announced it will offer a bachelor’s degree in engineering science to help meet the needs of the state’s workforce shortage in the engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors, university officials said. 

Classes for the new program, which is part of USJ’s School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education, will begin in fall 2024 and enrollment is underway.

Connecticut’s manufacturing sector saw substantial job growth, and projections indicate that 40% of future manufacturing and 90% of future engineering jobs will require at least a bachelor’s degree, according to a 2023 study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

"As the Connecticut manufacturing industry continues to grow, so does the need for technical and engineering graduates to help our companies innovate," Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer Paul Lavoie said. Universities like St. Joseph who create these areas of study can help Connecticut remain a manufacturing leader in the U.S., he said.

The state aims to increase manufacturing and engineering jobs by 4% annually over the next 10 years.

“As 90% of USJ undergraduate students are native to Connecticut and tend to stay here after graduation, this program comes at a crucial time for the state and the New England region,” said Raouf Boules, dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education.

The program’s curriculum will teach technical knowledge and also instill problem-solving skills, creativity and adaptability, and offer internships with industry partners in the state that “bridge classroom learning with real-world applications,” Boules said.

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