"The experience received from the Pre-Engineering program was absolutely remarkable. All the instructors were very hands-on in assuring students understood the material presented in the courses."
I had decided to enroll in the Pre-Engineering program at Bay Community College in 2010 after graduating from high school. In May 2012 I graduated from Bay College and transferred to Michigan Technological University to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Within three years I successfully obtained my degree from Michigan Tech and was hired at Marquip Ward United in Phillips, WI as a controls engineer.
The experience received from the Pre-Engineering program was absolutely remarkable. All the instructors were very hands-on in assuring students understood the material presented in the courses. The problem-solving skills taught throughout the courses were very useful when taking courses at Michigan Tech, and some courses were taught more thoroughly with the smaller class sizes.
Bay College provides many useful resources for the pre-engineering program outside of the classrooms. Two recourses I found very useful were the opportunity to be a math tutor and the Science and Math club (now called the STEM club). Tutoring other students helped sharpen basic math skills to provide alternative ways to approach problems to help others understand the problems. The Science and Math club provided an opportunity to check out the Michigan Tech campus. The Pre-Engineering program was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone that plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
-Louis (Angelo) Bersine
"...the math and science instructors at Bay College are outstanding. They all have a very personal interest in their students’ success."
When I started taking classes at Bay, I did not have a particular degree path in mind. My first major at Bay was Business Administration. However, I did not particularly care for the business-related course work. My favorite courses in the business program turned out to be the mathematics and science requirements. This is what turned me to engineering.
I declared a second major in Bay’s Pre-Engineering program. I found the topics of advanced mathematics and physics to be very interesting. In addition, the math and science instructors at Bay College are outstanding. They all have a very personal interest in their students’ success. Since the Pre-Engineering program is intended for transfer, they strive to prepare their students for what they will encounter at a major university.
In the upper-level math and physics courses, the Pre-Engineering group of students becomes more like a group of good friends. All the same students are in mostly the same classes, and class sizes are small. My Dynamics class had eight students. This allows for a lot more interaction than a packed lecture hall at a university. Yet, these courses still prepare students very well for what they encounter at a university. It gives students the good, without the bad.
After graduating from Bay, I transferred to Michigan Technological University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree. My transfer was very smooth, and to my surprise the people at the MTU registrar were very willing to negotiate transfer credits to my benefit. The courses were all taught similarly to what I had already experienced at Bay, so surprises were minimal. I graduated from MTU with the BSME degree after just two years there. On May 11th of 2015 I started my career as a full-time engineer working for EMP Advanced Products in Escanaba, Michigan.
"Initially, I came to Bay because of the close proximity to home and the cost relative to a university. While attending, I realized that not only was I receiving a fantastic education, but I was also developing great connections with some of the staff members. "
Completing my Associates in Science Pre-Engineering degree at Bay College has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. Initially, I came to Bay because of the close proximity to home and the cost relative to a university. While attending, I realized that not only was I receiving a fantastic education, but I was also developing great connections with some of the staff members. Due to the smaller class sizes, the instructors were able to get to know you on a personal level, making classes fun and interesting. Two of my favorite instructors of my entire college career were Spencer Slade and Matthew Krynicki. Spence taught Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra and Matt taught the Engineering Physics, Statics, and Dynamics courses. Also, thanks to Jennifer Gustafson, who helped me through the challenging Chemistry courses I took. I very much appreciate all the hard work they put into helping me and my fellow classmates throughout my time at Bay College. They are the ones who made my time at Bay rewarding and worthwhile, and for that I would like to recognize all of them. Spence, Matt, and Jen, thank you for everything!
After I graduated from Bay, I transferred to Michigan Technological University to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Construction and Sustainability. Six months before I graduated from Michigan Tech, I received multiple job offers, one of which, I accepted. I am currently working for Mortenson Construction as a Field Engineer. When I finish my current project, I will be able to say that I helped in constructing 103 GE 1.85 MW wind turbines at the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Illinois. The knowledge I obtained through the pre-engineering program at Bay College allows me to be where I am today, and the people who helped me get there went above and beyond all expectations. I recommend any student that is considering the Bay College pre-engineering program as an option to pursue it. The education and guidance you’ll receive at Bay is exemplary.