Vol State and APSU Announce New Chemical Engineering Technology Program

Submitted on August 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Students interested in pursuing a career in the high-paying chemical engineering technology field have a new degree option. Austin Peay State University and Volunteer State Community College are partnering to offer a new transfer degree program, the Chemical Engineering Technology 1+1 Agreement.

This new program links Vol State students with APSU to create a seamless transition from Vol State into the chemical engineering technology (ChET) program at APSU. The two-year program awards the Associated of Applied Science credential.

Graduates of APSU's chemical engineering technology program can seek employment opportunities at various companies such as Hemlock Semiconductor Group in Clarksville, a leading manufacturer of products used in the growing solar cell technology industry, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority and Wacker Chemie in Cleveland, Tenn., which produces hyper-pure crystalline polysilicon for solar cells. The U.S. Department of Labor says chemical engineering majors have some of the highest starting salaries of any college grads.

Students may take up to 33 credit-hours in general education courses at Vol State to transfer into the A.A.S. degree program at APSU for the remaining 27 credit-hours in chemical engineering technology coursework. Students can also go on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from APSU.

For more information, contact Dr. Chester Little, director of the APSU ChET program, 931-221-1601 or the APSU Department of Chemistry, 931-221-7626 or or the Vol State Math and Science Division, 615-230-3272 or


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