Off-Site Engineering Technology - ETO Concentration Program General Information

1. Applicants for the Off-Site Engineering Technology - ETO Concentration Program should have a two-year college degree, preferably in a technical discipline. Transfer credits will be evaluated after applicants' transcripts have been received by the Office of Admission.

2. All students must have access to a computer and access to the Internet. Assignments may include accessing Internet resources, the WCU Library and the home page of the instructor. Email and FAX also may be used for communication.

3. WCU offers the off-site engineering technology courses using a combination of in-person instruction supplemented by online instruction.

4. New enrollments are welcome any semester.

5. Students typically can complete the off-site Engineering Technology - ETO Concentration Program in three-and-a-half to four years of part-time study beyond the two-year degree.  The Off-Site Engineering Technology - ETO Concentration program is not ABET accredited. 

6. There are two primary points of contact at WCU:

Amber Thompson, program director, who oversees the academic requirements of the off-site program and provides advising services. He can be reached at 828-227-2517 or

Liz Gilliam, Student Services-Distance Learning, who assists students with admissions and other student services. She can be reached at 828-254-1921 ext. 182 or

7. Online resources for the distance learner are available at Information at this site includes how to access library resources and student information such as transcripts, textbooks, certain academic regulations, etc. As with students who are campus-based, students at a distance also are expected to be knowledgeable about WCU academic regulations and policies.

8. Individuals interested in pursuing the Off-Site Engineering Technology - ETO Concentration Program are encouraged to contact the program director, Amber Thompson, prior to enrollment to ensure they understand the structure and nature of the program and whether the program is suitable to their particular situations.

Learn More

If you want to learn more about Engineering and Technology majors, the admission criteria, or the courses offered, please contact the Department of Engineering & Technology at (828) 227-2775 or

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