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RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2015 Contact Information:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Abby Nelson, Media Director
Office: (208) 467-8531
FAX: (208) 467-8775

Growing Engineering Program receives $200,000
New Funds Help in the Demand for More Accredited Employers

REXBURG, Idaho – Micron Foundation grants Northwest Nazarene University a $200,000 grant to contribute in the growing engineering program.

This grant will contribute to the increase in students in the engineering program that currently has 62 students. In 2010, the program began with 12 students.

This grant will contribute to the accreditation fro the new Bachelor of Science program, along with new courses. Because of the new courses, the university is looking for two new professors and a laboratory manager.

The Northwest Nazarene University President, David Alexander, expressed his gratitude towards the Micron Foundation. He hopes that this grant will help contribute to the continuation of grown in the engineering program.

“We are grateful to the Micron Foundation for their investment in the future of NNU’s engineering students. This grant affirms the caliber and promise of our emerging engineering program. We look forward to leveraging these funds to attract stellar faculty to this growing program and in so doing, serving the engineering needs of the Treasure Valley and beyond,” said Alexander.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) is the organization that accredits engineering programs nationwide to ensure graduates are obtaining a high quality, professional education. This accreditation has become essential in pursuing a professional license and graduate education.

Dee Mooney, the executive director of the Micron Foundation, expressed how they support the efforts of Northwest Nazarene University in the strengthening of their engineering program.

“The Micron Foundation supports NNU’s efforts to strengthen its engineering program which supports the State of Idaho’s goal of boosting education in science, technology, engineering and math,” Mooney said.

High-Tech jobs are growing nearly four times faster than the national average. The increase in the graduates will help Idaho keep up with this demand.

In 2016, six faculty in electircal, mechanical and engineering physics must be in place to receive accreditation.

Dr. Stephen Parke, NNU Engineering Program Director explains his appreciation for this grant, because of the help it will be in the future of their program, and their process of becoming accredited. “”The Micron Foundation grant to our engineering program is greatly appreciated. It provides leadership in our on-going fundraising efforts to put in place the faculty, lab equipment, and facilities required to build a high-quality engineering program and achieve ABET accreditation in the shortest possible time,” said Parke.

About Norhwest Nazarene University: Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university, offers more than 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, McCall, Twin Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education student and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

About The Micron Technology Foundation: The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities. To learn more about the Micron Technology Foundation, visit its web site at

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