PULLMAN, Wash. — This fall, for the second year, Washington State University will provide third-year engineering courses locally for placebound students to work toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering. It is part of a 2+1+1 program for students to take two years of their technical curriculum at a community college, one year via distance education, then a final year in residence at a four-year college with an accredited engineering degree program.
WSU Tri-Cities’ Russ Westphal will teach fluid mechanics at North Seattle Community College using website technologies to supplement lectures, a two-way telecommunications system and periodic classroom visits. The course is scheduled Mondays 7:15-8:30 p.m. and Thursdays 7:50-9:05 p.m. from Aug. 24 to Dec. 18. It will be simulcast to WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver, Boeing educational sites in Seattle and at NSCC.
The laminar and turbulent flow of fluids, as in pipes, supersonic engines, nozzles and shock waves, is meant to meet the fluid flow requirements for civil, mechanical and manufacturing engineering education.
Last year’s online Introduction to Structural Engineering course drew seven students at NSCC. Depending on the 2+1+1 program’s success, it may also be offered at other north-end community colleges next. WSU’s partnership with NSCC and other state community colleges helps students pursue undergraduate engineering degrees evenings without moving for at least a year. The credits are transferrable to an accredited engineering degree program.
Westphal will be on the NSCC campus, 9600 College Way North, Room 2430C of the Instructional Building, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, and from
8-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, to advise students and answer questions. Questions also may be directed to him at 509/372-7296. Check the course’s website at .

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