Advertisement

Michigan Tech is Bringing Back Mining Engineering Degree

Michigan Tech is Bringing Back Mining Engineering Degree Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: April 08, 2019 12:21 PM

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Technological University is reviving a mining engineering program, bringing back a department whose Upper Peninsula roots go back to the 1800s.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Michigan Tech suspended the degree in 2004, due to shrinking enrollment and fewer faculty members. But The Daily Mining Gazette reports the program is returning in summer, and five students are expected by fall. Officials predict enrollment could rise to 20 in three to four years.

Shawn Van Doorn, a junior, has signed up. She grew up in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, home of the former Flambeau mine.

Van Doorn says there are many opportunities to see mines in the Upper Peninsula. Faculty member John Gierke says donations from alumni will pay for scholarships.

Mining engineering was the first department when the Michigan Mining School opened in 1885.

___

Information from: The Mining Journal

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

Superior Council Draws Cards to Elect President, Paine Vetoes Censure

Filing Closes for Duluth City Races with 25 Candidates for 6 Positions

New Shovel at Minntac Represents Investment in Future

Henry Banks Announces Candidacy For Duluth City Council

Minnetonka Man Begins Running at 63; to Run Second Grandma's Marathon

Walz Criticizes DFL Official for 'Murder Boat' Remark

Advertisement