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Northwest Nazarene University

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Nampa, Idaho 83686

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Micron Technology Foundation Boosts Northwest Nazarene University’s New Engineering Program Toward Accreditation

NAMPA, Idaho – Nov. 6, 2013 – A $200,000 grant from the Micron Foundation to Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) will advance the university’s new engineering program toward its accreditation goal.

The new program is a bachelor of science major that will graduate its first class in 2014. The university is actively recruiting faculty, staff and students to the program, looking for high-caliber applicants.

“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 David Alexander, Northwest Nazarene University president.

These funds will go toward hiring two professors and a laboratory manager. It may also be used to help create new courses within the program. A total of six faculty members in electrical, mechanical and engineering physics must be in place by the accreditation’s review in 2014.

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. ABET accreditation is essential for graduates to pursue professional engineering licensure and graduate education.

“The Micron Foundation grant to our engineering program is greatly appreciated,” said Dr. Stephen Parke, NNU Engineering Program Director. “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.”

High-tech jobs are growing nearly four times faster in Idaho than the national average. There are not enough graduates from Idaho universities in engineering fields to keep up with the demand. This may also hamper growth in the technology industry in the state.

“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,” said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundation.

NNU’s engineering program began in the fall of 2010 with 12 students, and currently serves 62 students.

“We are grateful to the Micron Foundation for their investment in the future of NNU’s engineering students,” said Alexander.  “This grant affirms the caliber and promise of our emerging engineering program.”

About Northwest 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 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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