Chicopee, Massachusetts (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
The presidents of Elms College and Holyoke Community College met Wednesday to sign academic articulation agreements for their respective criminal justice and legal studies programs. The agreements signify the ability for graduates of Holyoke Community College’s criminal justice associate degree program to transfer to Elms College’s criminal justice or legal studies bachelor’s degree programs. Qualified HCC graduates will transfer as juniors.
Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., and HCC President William Messner, Ph.D., signed both agreements into effect immediately, meaning December 2012 HCC graduates may enroll as Elms College juniors for the spring 2013 semester, which begins January 23, 2013.
Faculty from both colleges also signed the agreements. From Elms College, Walter Breau, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs; Alice Perry, J.D., Ph.D., criminal justice program director; Jane Miliotis, J.D., legal studies program director; and Joseph Wagner, director of admission, signed the agreements. From HCC, Matthew Reed, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs; and Monica Perez, department of social sciences, signed the agreements.
“The signing of these criminal justice and legal studies articulation agreements between Holyoke Community College and Elms College is another excellent example of two colleges working together to facilitate student’s seamless transition from the associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree level,” Breau said. “Our two institutions share the desire of assisting students who have a goal of obtaining a baccalaureate degree upon graduating from HCC.”
Elm’s College criminal justice major requires 19 credits within the major and 37-39 credits of elective courses. Elms College’s legal studies major requires 40 credits within the major and 18 credits of elective courses.
“We are delighted to welcome the serious criminal justice students from Holyoke Community College,” Perry said. “We are very much aware of the exemplary standards at this community college and know that the completion of a criminal justice bachelor’s degree from Elms College will be held in high regard by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.”
Elms and HCC currently have articulation agreements for liberal arts, education, psychology, and social work. The colleges also have a partnership program that allows Elms College students to complete a bachelor’s degree on the HCC campus.
Holyoke Community College is the Commonwealth’s oldest community college, serving more than 12,500 students annually in credit and noncredit programs and courses. The college has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Recognized for its Honors Program, distance learning curriculum, learning communities, and service to students, HCC also offers business development opportunities through the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.
Elms College is a co-educational, Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.