Engineering Preparatory Program at Red Rocks Community College
New for Engineering Transfer students!
RRCC is committed to providing support to students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with the goal of transferring into engineering at a four-year institution. The college has received a $500k grant from the National Science Foundation to provide mentoring, research experiences, and learning support to student success in STEM. Apply to the STEM Scholars program and become part of a community of STEM students who share the goal of transferring into an engineering program.
The RRCC IDEA Lab has received a $15,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund hands-on STEM learning. In the IDEA Lab, students work collaboratively on real-world technical design challenges. The IDEA Lab provides workshops on engineering design, clinics on 3-D printing, technical mentoring on project ideas and assistance finding resources to develop project ideas. The IDEA Lab is located in the library. Stop by and start your own project or see what students are working on. More about Xcel Energy at xcelenergy.com.
What is engineering?
Finding one definition of engineering is difficult. This is because engineers do many things, and perform many functions. The standard definition of engineering is provided by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET):
Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
Most definitions of engineering reflect that engineering is the application of science & math to solve technical problems and create new systems, products or devices to benefit society. Engineers are designers. They can design everything from tiny computer chips to skyscrapers, develop extraction processes for gold or oil, develop new materials for autos or airplanes, harness energy from the sun, or work in myriad ways to improve health care, sustainability and community development. People who are successful in the engineering field are creative, inquisitive, analytical and detail-oriented. They can function as part of a team and communicate well, both orally and in writing. Most engineers specialize in a particular area.
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Ready to get started? Learn more about RRCC Engineering Preparatory course of study and transfer options to Colorado School of Mines and other state colleges and universities.