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NNU engineering program earns accreditation

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Northwest Nazarene University is furnishing engineers to tech companies throughout the valley. Six of its former students are at Micron Technology, Inc. NNU has furnished graduates to D.C. Engineering in Meridian, American Semiconductor in Boise and other companies.

Getting those jobs could become a bit easier for NNU engineering grads now that five-year-old program is recognized through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. That means the program meets rigorous education standards and its student are eligible to take the engineering license exams in Idaho and elsewhere. School officials were notified of accreditation in August.

NNU worked toward accreditation with the help of the community. Micron Foundation gave the school $200,000 in a new faculty grant. The program has hired six faculty. Hewlett-Packard Co. awarded NNU a $200,000 grant for equipment and the Vancouver, Wash.-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust also gave the program $200,000.

Accreditation covers the 18 graduates who have already gone through the program. Thirteen of them have taken the license exam and passed. said Stephen Parke, program director.

NNU's program offers electrical and mechanical engineering and engineering physics. Beginning in Fall 2016 it will also offer computer engineering.

The program has 85 student and plans to increase enrollment to 200 students in the next couple of years.