U.S. Department of Education Funds Northeastern and GE Partnership
On August 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced funding for eight partnerships between higher education and non-traditional providers, one of which is a joint initiative of New England Council members Northeastern University and General Electric (GE).
Developed by the Department of Education, the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships (EQIP) program provides students, particularly low-income students, with the opportunity to receive federal financial aid for non-traditional training programs. It’s part of an effort by the Department of Education to recognize the importance of new models of education for the future, according to the department’s press release. Students participating in these non-traditional programs will now be eligible for federal financial aid.
Northeastern University and GE are partnering to create an accelerated bachelor of science degree in Advanced Manufacturing. The curriculum will be developed by Northeastern with the help of GE academic support services. GE will provide students with experiential training at one of its jet-engine facilities, which will “allow students to apply their knowledge in a variety of real-world manufacturing environments.” GE employees will “assess students’ performance through performance-based assessments and the students’ experiential learning engagements.” The program was designed with the demands of the advanced manufacturing industry in mind.
The New England Council congratulates Northeastern University and GE on their innovative program and on being one of only eight to receive Department of Education funding. Partnerships between institutions and employers strengthen our education system for students and better prepare our regions workforce.