You are here

2013-2014 Academic Catalog: The Wentworth Model: College of Professional and Continuing Education

The curriculum model for the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) has been structured to:

  • provide access directly into either a bachelor or associate degree program based on the student’s previous academic preparation and educational and career needs
  • provide access to preparatory courses prior to beginning an associate or baccalaureate degree program
  • provide learning opportunities in the evening and on Saturday for those adult learners who are currently working and seeking career advancement, planning to change careers, interested in beginning a technological career, or considering graduate studies at a later time
  • provide the prerequisite learning, knowledge, and technical problem-solving skills necessary to be competitive in a technological and business environment and for continuous learning throughout their careers

In accordance with Wentworth’s curricular structure, all students are expected to satisfy specific learning and competency outcomes. These outcomes are designed to be an integral part of the student’s overall program of studies. The learning outcomes include:

  • locate information and evaluate it critically for its appropriateness and validity
  • communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual formats
  • acquire and use analytical tools and skills for evaluating information and solving problems
  • identify the traits of good leadership
  • acquire and use the skills needed for effective teamwork
  • recognize and apply concepts of ethical behavior to personal and public issues
  • explain the sustainable use of human, physical and economic resources
  • recognize and identify historical and contemporary societal and global issues

As part of the learning process students are expected to sequentially develop these skills along a continuum which emphasizes awareness, understanding, and competency.

To ensure that learning outcomes are achieved, the Institute has developed a curricular structure which incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with these general study guidelines students are required to take, at minimum for an associate degree: two mathematics courses, one laboratory science, one computer literacy course, two communication courses, one humanities or social science elective, and ten prescribed courses related to their discipline. To receive a baccalaureate degree, in addition to completing the associate degree requirements, students must complete the following required courses at the baccalaureate level: one mathematics course, one course in professional communication, three courses in the area of humanities and social sciences, one general elective course, one course in engineering economy, one course in professional practice, nine prescribed courses related to their discipline, and a capstone course. This capstone requirement for graduating seniors provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in problem-solving situations, proficiency in analytical writing, and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework of general studies the curricular structure has been designed to permit students to take two courses per semester to enable them to complete their graduation requirements in a timely way. Academic credit will be based on the current academic semesters (14 weeks of classes and one week of exams) with one credit equal to either one (1) contact hour of lecture or two (2) contact hours of lab.





Architectural Technology



Building Construction Management



Building Construction Management



Construction Management



Electronic Technology



Engineering Technology



Facility Management



Project Management



Key: A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science B.S. = Bachelor of Science

M.S. = Master of Science