This fall, ETSU and Tennessee Tech will be offering students the option for a joint engineering degree.
The dean of the College of Business and Technology told News 5 WCYB this will not only help students, but also the region's economy.
"I think it could be an opportunity to attract business industry to the region," Dr. Dennis Depew said. "A lot of companies that are located around places like Blacksburg and Knoxville, they're there for a couple of reasons. They first want to hire engineering graduates but they also want access to that intellectual capital in the faculty and the graduate students."
The school already had an engineering technology program, but the new one will encompass many skills, such as nuclear, electrical and mechanical engineering.