Eight employees at Y-12 recently earned a master’s in industrial engineering with a concentration in engineering management at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Students pursuing this degree complete the 16-course, four-semester program as an ensemble, attending all-day Friday classes not held on the university campus.
“This particular program is one of the success stories of the Y-12/University of Tennessee Partnership,” reported Debbie Reed, Y-12’s UT liaison director. “But setting up the program was the easy part. Being a nontraditional student isn’t easy. Anyone who works full-time and still has the discipline and drive to take on college studies deserves special recognition. Putting in a 4/10 workweek and then taking another full day of classes — along with doing the homework that comes with those classes — that’s a lot of extra effort.”
Y-12 covers the semester costs, which, including books and fees, come to about $8,000 per student. Course content is designed to support the needs of Y-12’s work environment, and some Y 12 employees serve as adjunct professors in the program.
The Y-12 degree recipients are Julie Cramer, Kevin Cress, Marvin Lowery, Uvalde Mendez, David Mosby, Carl Quinn, Drew VanDeGriff and Syreeta Vaughn.