TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College has several articulation agreements in the works with Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton for bachelor degrees in engineering.

NMC also signed several agreements with Lake Superior State University that allow students to roll two years of coursework toward bachelor degrees in geology, accounting, conservation biology, robotics engineering, and fisheries and wildlife management.

NMC and MTU in August will sign the first eight of 11 agreements in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer network systems administration, electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.

NMC students will be able to transfer 66 to 75 credits to MTU, depending on the program, and enter Michigan Tech in their junior year.

All of the agreements will be in effect for fall.

The two colleges have been working together for about 18 months, said Jerry Dobek, who heads the astronomy and sciences departments. NMC has several new courses that better align with those required by all four-year institutions in engineering fields.

In addition, NMC alumnus Brett Chouinard, president and COO of Altair Engineering in Troy, donated $650 000 in software for the engineering program so that when students transfer they will have already used and be familiar with the software.

All agreements include reverse transfer agreements, which means students can apply credits received at the four-year school toward an associate degree at their home community college.