Eight employees at the Yâ€‘12 National Security Complex recently earned a masterâ€™s in industrial engineering with a concentration in engineering management at the University of Tennessee in 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.
â€œThis particular program is one of the success stories of the Yâ€‘12/University of Tennessee Partnership,â€ reported Debbie Reed, Yâ€‘12â€™s UT liaison director. â€œBut setting up the program was the easy part. Being a nontraditional student isnâ€™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 classesâ€”along with doing the homework that comes with those classesâ€”thatâ€™s a lot of extra effort.â€
Yâ€‘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 Yâ€‘12â€™s work environment, and some Yâ€‘12 employees serve as adjunct professors in the program.
The Yâ€‘12 degree recipients are Julie Cramer, Kevin Cress, Marvin Lowery, Uvalde Mendez, David Mosby, Carl Quinn, Drew VanDeGriff, and Syreeta Vaughn.