HFC signs transfer agreement with UM-D  

DEARBORN — Henry Ford College recently signed a transfer agreement with the University of Michigan-Dearborn where students can transfer their credits toward an undergraduate degree in engineering at UM-D.

The agreement is a jointly developed program operated by HFC and UM-D. It enables students to begin their education at HFC, earn an associate’s degree and then transfer to UM-D to complete their studies toward a designated undergraduate degree in Engineering – including Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

A maximum of 72 credits will transfer to UM-D. Admission to UM-D’s College of Engineering & Computer Science is guaranteed to students who:

• Earn the associate’s degree in Science in Pre-Engineering or an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Pre-Engineering.
• Have an overall grade-point average of 2.75.
• Have a minimum grade of 2.75 in all math, science and engineering/pre-engineering classes at HFC. (Students with criteria less than this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Courses with less than a grade of 2.0 will not transfer for credit or placement to UM-D.)

HFC students will receive equal consideration with UM-D students when applying for acceptance into UM-D’s various engineering programs and for financial aid. In addition, upon admission to UM-D, all students must take the Composition Placement Exam within their first semester of enrollment at UM-D.

This transfer agreement also encourages students to consider taking a limited number of sophomore-level engineering classes – which are not available at HFC – at UM-D while completing their associate’s degree.

“We’re very excited about this agreement between HFC and UM-Dearborn,” HFC President Stan Jensen said. “It’s a logical progression that students who wish to study engineering at UM-Dearborn can transfer their credits seamlessly. This is a great opportunity for our students, especially since UM-Dearborn is right next door. Students who transfer to the university don’t have to travel far to earn an exceptional degree in a field with tremendous career opportunity.”

“UM-Dearborn and HFC have a long-term shared commitment to the success of our students, which this agreement further demonstrates,” said Tony England, dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science at UM-D. “We look forward to welcoming HFC students to our nationally ranked engineering programs, which provide no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities to best prepare UM-Dearborn graduates for success.”

UM-D engineering students are eligible to participate in its cooperative education program. HFC students who transfer to UM-D will be indiscriminately considered for this opportunity as well.
The UM-D Co-Op Office will provide all necessary information to transfer students after they receive admission. Additionally, students who plan to transfer to UM-D to study engineering should contact the UM-D Co-Op Office during the beginning of the first term of their second year at HFC, if not earlier.

“Our goal at HFC is to make a seamless pathway for transfer of our students to four-year schools,” said Hassan Nameghi, HFC Pre-engineering coordinator and instructor. “I am very pleased about our collaboration with Dr. Ghassan Kridli at UM-Dearborn, which ended up with a great transfer articulation agreement.

“The new agreement not only guarantees transfer of our eligible Pre-engineering students to UM-Dearborn, but also increases the maximum transferable credits from 62 to 72. The agreement reflects the trust of UM-Dearborn in the quality of education at HFC.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to provide students with an affordable education and seamless transfer to four-year schools. With this agreement, HFC and UM-Dearborn are closer than they ever been over the past 20 years. Personally, I am very happy and excited about this partnership.”

For further information about this transfer agreement, contact Janice Gilliland, HFC associate dean for Math and Science, at 313-845-9740 or jlgilliland@hfcc.edu.