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May 30, 2003
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Steinberg
Executive Director, Part-Time Programs in
Engineering & Applied Science
(301) 294-7070, steinberg@jhu.edu

Calvert County Residents First to Graduate
from Johns Hopkins' Part-time Engineering Program
in Southern Maryland

Four years ago, The Johns Hopkins University moved into the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center to begin offering local working adults an opportunity to earn a bachelor of science in engineering science degree from its Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science. Recently, Jackie Dvorak and Lisa Hansen became the first two students to graduate with this comprehensive degree from the Southern Maryland PTE program.

According to Dave Didion, chair of PTE's engineering undergraduate program, Dvorak and Hansen were able to earn their degrees because of the partnership that Johns Hopkins has forged with the College of Southern Maryland. "With high-tech organizations like Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant and the U.S. Navy's Pax River Naval Air Station, there is a definite need for a program like this in Southern Maryland," Didion said. "The College of Southern Maryland is working closely with us to ensure that we provide this community with the type and quality of education the local industry needs."

It took Dvorak, a parent with a full-time job as an engineering technician at Calvert Cliffs, four years to earn her Hopkins degree. The Mechanicsville resident said this would not have been possible without the support of her employer and an undergraduate engineering scholarship from the Part-Time Programs in Engineering. Dvorak was recently promoted to engineering analyst.

Hansen, who graduated from the College of Southern Maryland in 1993 with the dream of earning an additional degree in engineering, said she had to wait until 1999 before she could continue her education. When Johns Hopkins began offering classes in her hometown of Hollywood, she says she was one of the first to enroll. Her new degree has helped Hansen move into the position of engineer and draftsman team leader for Platform Systems, a local government contractor.

Part of The Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, the Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science offer masters degrees in 13 distinct disciplines, as well as undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering science. There are currently more than 2,200 students enrolled in PTE programs at seven education centers throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. For more information on PTE programs and functions, contact Executive Director Sarah Steinberg at 301-294-7070, visit the Web site at www.jhu.edu/pte, or e-mail pte@jhu.edu.

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