Jackson Preparatory School and The University of Mississippi School of Engineering have partnered to offer a pre-engineering curriculum to current students. This fall, students will be able to enroll in dual-credit courses taught at Jackson Prep that can earn them college credit. Seventeen students are registered to take a computer graphics course, ENGR 207, during the fall semester.

The course will be taught on Jackson Prep's campus by Marsha Hobbs with assistance from and consultation with University professors and use of University resources. Topics covered will be Engineering Essentials and Design, Tools of Engineering Design, Tools and Disciplines of Engineering, Tools and Disciplines of Engineering. Students will learn to use Arduino to learn electronic circuitry, 3-D Printer, additive manufacturing concepts, subtractive manufacturing process, computer-aided design tools and robotic technology. An Introduction to Engineering class, ENGR 100, will be taught in spring 2015.

"This course will more formally incorporate engineering education into the Prep curriculum, while providing our students with new higher education opportunities and resources," Hobbs said. ENGR 207 introduces students to microcomputer-based sketching and drafting, interpretation of graphics, flow, and circuit diagrams, graphical representation of data. ENGR 100 provides students with an introduction to the problem-solving methods that engineers use when applying scientific principles for the creation of realistic solutions to everyday technical problems.

"Courses at Prep will mirror the courses at Ole Miss each semester, so that students at both campuses can have the same educational experience," said Ryan Upshaw, assistant dean for student services in the engineering school. "The courses are meant to give students a better sense and understanding of the opportunities and careers available to them if they earn a degree in engineering or a related field. They will also help them identify if their interests and skills are a good fit for the field."

Now in its 44th year, Jackson Preparatory School was the first and continues to be the largest secondary independent school in the Jackson metropolitan area, located on a 74-acre campus east of Jackson. Established as a premier coeducational college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve, it has exhibited more than four decades of excellence in education and has produced more National Merit semifinalists and finalists than any other school in Mississippi. Jackson Prep currently enrolls over 800 students in grades six through twelve. The student body is diverse, representing various racial, ethnic, economic, and religious groups.