General Electric Partnership

Northeastern has partnered with GE in new federal education innovation program

Northeastern was one of only eight colleges and universities selected for a new federal initiative focused on building unique partnerships that lead to innovation in higher education as well as increased job readiness and more robust talent pipelines for industry.

North­eastern was named a site for the department’s Edu­ca­tional Quality through Inno­v­a­tive Part­ner­ships, or EQUIP, exper­i­ment. EQUIP aims to increase stu­dents’ access to inno­v­a­tive, high-​​quality, post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tion and spur inno­v­a­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions between uni­ver­si­ties and non-​​traditional edu­ca­tion providers that equip more Amer­i­cans with the skills required for the 21st century.

Through EQUIP, North­eastern has partnered with Gen­eral Elec­tric to launch an accel­er­ated Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Advanced Man­u­fac­turing Systems pro­gram. The pro­gram is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation — combining the global lead­er­ship of North­eastern in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion and GE in man­u­fac­turing. EQUIP also allows stu­dents to use fed­eral financial aid funding for this innovative program.

The pro­gram will pilot first with a small cohort of GE employees, and then roll out in full for both GE employees and the public. It is being co-​​developed by North­eastern and GE, with an eye toward meeting the spe­cific and emerging demands of the manufacturing industry.