College of Technology wins $500K in Daniels’ challenge

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The College of Technology at Purdue is receiving a half-million dollar prize from Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

The reward comes nearly a year after Daniels issued his “Purdue Moves” initiative. In January, Daniels challenged each department and program to create a three-year degree program as well as a competency-based degree.

The College of Technology’s newest degree offers students a chance to pursue their passions and awards students credentials for each skill they develop.

Dean of the College of Technology, Gary Bertoline, said the goal of the program is to bridge a skills gap in high-tech industries when moving forward. He said the money will be used as the “transformational engine” to the college.

“The GE plant is a perfect example of what we’re doing to transform the college, why we’re doing it and also how the competency-based degree comes into it,” Bertoline said.

The degree could be introduced as early as Fall of 2015. However, Bertoline said they already have 36 students taking the required courses to complete the degree. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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