Trine University will be opening a campus in Peoria, Ariz., next spring.

The City of Peoria and Trine announced the news during a news conference this morning on the campus of Peoria City Hall.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the City of Peoria to open a campus there,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks III, Ph.D. “Just as our students here have found success after graduating from our nationally recognized engineering programs, we are eager to duplicate our success in Arizona.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to invest in educational advances in yet another community to provide education resources for students who will, in turn, meet the needs of the region in terms of workforce development and technical training,” Brooks said.

Peoria, approximately 15 miles northwest of Phoenix, has more than 154,000 residents and is a suburb of Phoenix.

“We are proud to announce the city’s partnership with Trine University to establish a campus offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering here in Peoria,” said Scott Whyte, director of Economic Development Services. “The recruitment of higher education institutions that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is one of the city council’s top goals and will benefit the entire West Valley by creating a locally trained, highly skilled, technology-proficient workforce.”

Trine plans to have offices at 14100 N. 83rd Ave., occupying 17,000 square feet. Trine is currently enrolling online classes for the Peoria campus and will be offering seated classes in the first quarter of 2013. Trine could have nearly 200 students at the Peoria campus during the spring 2013 semester and could have 1,246 students by its third year.

In addition to engineering, Trine also will offer programs in a variety of areas that are in line with Peoria’s 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study and Economic Development Implementation Strategy.

Undergraduate degrees that Trine will offer are Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice or engineering technology and with majors in communication, psychology and emergency management,  Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts with a major in general studies, Bachelor of Engineering with majors in biomedical engineering, civil engineering or mechanical engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism management, human resource management, health care management, management or accounting.

Trine will also offer a Master of Science in engineering technology or leadership and with a major in criminal justice.

“University recruitment is critical to economic development because a university provides quality instruction enhancing human capital and, therefore, contributing quality workers to the community,” said Bob Barrett, Peoria mayor. “There are also immeasurable benefits that result from the university’s operations including its ability to partner with the private sector through technology transfer activities. The impact of Trine’s Peoria campus will be significant.”

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