The engineering industry is on the rise in Bay County, and now one local university is stepping up to meet those demands.
The Florida State University Panama City campus plans to offer more engineering degrees.
On Wednesday, Dean Randy Hanna spoke about the school's future before the Bay Economic Development Alliance.
"In 2018 we'll be looking at engineering programs, systems engineering graduate programs, and biomedical engineering; and we're working real hard to have mechanical engineering in the future," said Hanna.
With the Navy Base nearby, and GKN Aerospace now in Bay County, business leaders and investors believe that the education in engineering is important.
"As they're looking at bringing companies in, we want to make sure we're working with our great partners at Gulf Coast State College; that we're meeting the needs of companies that are coming in," added Hanna.
GKN has joined the Bay EDA, ultimately strengthening the degree to job pipeline.
"I know Dean Hanna, and the dean of the engineering school in Tallahassee have been working pretty hard to find a path to be able to provide that program here in Panama City, which will be a big deal for us," said Bay EDA Vice Chair Jorge Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said the dean is leading the campus in the right direction.
"Dean Hanna has done a fantastic job since he's been in charge and been the dean of the campus. And his engagement with community leaders, business leaders, has just been outstanding, and that's been one oft he reasons the campus has been supported in Tallahassee, and the campus is growing," said Gonzalez.
Hanna said the university is working to add health sciences and marine biology majors by 2019.
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