TRUE BLUE PARTNERS
Industry partnerships. Outreach. Service to community. These are the key components of MTSU’s community-centered approach to higher education that results not only in greater student success but also an enhanced quality of life for residents across middle Tennessee. Here are a couple examples.
Life Is Brewing, co-owned by famed chef Maneet Chauhan, is partnering with MTSU’s new Fermentation Science program to use the company’s developing Hop Springs agritourism complex and Steel Barrel Brewery facility for fermentation and sensory labs. Chauhan, a restauranteur and artisan brewery founder, is a featured judge on the hit Food Network show Chopped.
Amidst a growing national trend toward bolder, flavored food and drink, MTSU launched the Fermentation Science major—the first degree program of its type in Tennessee and rare in the southern region. The nearest universities offering similar coursework are Appalachian State in North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky in Kentucky, and Auburn in Alabama.
This degree goes beyond just fermenting hops and barley (key ingredients in brewing beer) to any and all fermented foods and beverages, closely aligning with Tennessee’s workforce development agenda. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in a variety of positions for major manufacturers and locally owned food producers operating in middle Tennessee. Businesses will no doubt benefit economically from MTSU’s role in producing graduates with specialized chemistry, biology, business, marketing, and entrepreneurial training ready to sustain and advance the industry.
MTSU also developed a new Applied Leadership program in concert with Bridgestone Americas. Adult learners on the job can earn additional certifications— and even a bachelor’s degree—through online courses and intensive instruction on-site.
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MTSU’s Physics program has received yet another recent accolade—selection by the American Physical Society physics and science education advocacy organization as one of four Programs of Distinction for improving undergraduate education in recent years. Other winners have included MIT, North Carolina State, Cal–Davis, and Cal–Berkeley. Every physics department in the country was eligible for the award. MTSU received the national honor, in part, for “consciously adopting a mission to provide exceptional classroom experiences, career-focused courses, and pathways and intensive research opportunities to prepare students for targeted careers.” MTSU also has been named to The 5+ Club as a national leader in physics teacher education for producing program graduates.
Leaders from Meharry Medical College and MTSU signed an agreement in June 2017 to develop an accelerated pathway for talented students to graduate as physicians to serve in rural areas of the state.
MTSU ranks 17th among the nation’s top schools that support aspiring entrepreneurs, according to LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance. MTSU outranked schools such as Penn State, Duke, USC, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins in LendEDU’s list of 50 “Top Colleges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Report.” MTSU was the only Tennessee public university ranked (Belmont was No. 30) in the survey of more than 100 colleges offering entrepreneurship courses and programs to undergraduates.
Textron Aviation is providing a new 2018 Cessna Skyhawk 172, a popular training aircraft, to the MTSU Department of Aerospace to support pilot training and promote aviation. MTSU, one of only five schools in the company’s Top Hawk program, is also using the aircraft for the Air Race Classic all women cross-country air race. Southwest Airlines also recently donated a 4,300-pound turbofan airplane engine and secured the gift of aviation operations weather software.
Jones College, among the largest businesses schools in America, has an exclusive arrangement with Dale Carnegie in the state for all majors to complete the professional development training.