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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Glen Rose Residents Mark First-Time 100 Percent Pass Rate on Certification Exam at UT Tyler

December 15, 2011

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Charles Higgins and Mitch Koerner, both of Glen Rose, were two of 14 senior industrial technology majors at The University of Texas at Tyler who recently achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering’s Certified Manufacturing Specialist exam, Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean, announced.

This is the university’s first group to attempt the exam.

“I am really proud of my students because the national pass rate for the exam is currently at 47 percent. To have all of them pass it is quite an accomplishment,” said Dr. Mark R. Miller, UT Tyler professor and industrial technology program coordinator.

The CMS exam covers manufacturing processes and materials as well as topics including supervision, electronics, quality, industrial safety, automation and engineering graphics.

“The exam is a good assessment measure of how well our students compare to students from other industrial technology and applied engineering programs all across the country at more than 40 other institutions, such as Purdue, Kent State and Iowa State,” Miller added.

The industrial technology program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of industrial engineers and managers. Graduates hold positions to include plant manager, quality assurance manager, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, inventory manager, project engineer, technical salesperson, technology professor and more.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.                  

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