As part of its land-grant mandate to educate students in practical skills, from its beginning WSU taught mechanic arts, which included engineering, mineralogy, mining, and metallurgy. Classes included advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, dynamo mechanics, and metallurgy. Electrical engineering students took courses in telegraph instruments, lamp testing, and steam engines while students learned about basic manufacturing working in a forge. Civil engineering students did much of the contour mapping and surveying for campus roads and streets as well as design of the campus sewer system. Today, research opportunities, active student clubs, a new co-op and internship program, and the new Frank Innovation Zone mean that our students more than ever are graduating “work-ready, day one.”
The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture has started a program to provide professional experience and build future employability for students through internships and co-ops. The program will help students with professional preparation.
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