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New Agreements with Villa Julie College

Release Date: 11/9/2005

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Carroll Community College and Villa Julie College Sign
Transfer Agreements in Nursing and Forensic Studies

Students Now Seamlessly Transfer from Two-Year to Four-Year Degrees

On Wednesday, November 16 at 1:15 p.m. at Carroll Community College, representatives from Carroll and from Villa Julie College convened to formally sign two new transfer agreements between the institutions.

One articulation agreement allows for seamless transfer of credits from Carroll's associate degree in Nursing to Villa Julie's bachelor's degree in Nursing. The second agreement allows for seamless transfer of credits from Carroll's associate degree in Forensic Studies directly into the third year of Villa Julie's five-year master's degree in Forensic Studies.

Typically, students who wish to pursue further higher education after graduating from a two-year college must take special care while at the community college to investigate whether their credits will be accepted at the receiving institution. Under the terms of an articulation agreement, courses that will be accepted at the receiving institution are spelled out exactly, to enable students to enter a four-year college as juniors.

An Exciting Beginning

"I am enthusiastic about this agreement because it will be most helpful to our nursing and criminal justice students," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of Carroll Community College. "I wish to extend a special thank you to everyone who played a part in making this articulation agreement a reality."

"We are excited about this unique partnership with Carroll Community College," says Villa Julie President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. "This agreement continues our commitment to make a college education more accessible to students interested in making a difference in their community."

"We look forward to welcoming students interested in nursing, one of our most successful programs, and forensic science, one of our newest programs," says Paul D. Lack, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Villa Julie. "We continue to find ways to make it easier for community college students to continue their education."

Nancy Perry, Nursing Program Director at Carroll, said "This new agreement is ideal, since we encourage students to pursue the bachelor's degree to advance their careers. Now the process is simpler. The fact that some VJC classes will be offered here on campus makes the program very attractive, especially to students who work."

"I am thrilled  to cooperate with Villa Julie's excellent program, which builds on the foundation Carroll students receive," said Judy Coen, chairperson, Mathematics, Sciences, Health and Wellness at Carroll.

"In Maryland, nursing has a unique career ladder that permits associate degree RNs to complete an additional year at the community college before transferring for the final year of courses," said Coen. "I am particularly pleased with Villa Julie's intent to offer many courses in Westminster, and with the small class size and personal service they offer. For all these reasons, the new agreement offers a special benefit to our nursing graduates, who are often established working adults or career changers."

"Villa Julie is one of a select few institutions in this area that offers a graduate degree in Forensic Science, which is the study of how science applies to law," said Steven Geppi,
chairperson, Social Sciences and Legal Studies at Carroll. "Forensic Science graduates can obtain careers as crime scene lab technicians, and many other related jobs. Now, college students will know exactly which courses to take while enjoying the convenience and affordability of Carroll, combined with the assurance that their credits will transfer to Villa Julie."

Relationships with Other Colleges

In addition to these articulation agreements, Carroll has agreements with all public and most private degree-granting institutions in Maryland, as well as Dickinson College, Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and Sheppard University in West Virginia. Carroll also participates in the Mid-Maryland Allied Health Consortium with Frederick and Howard Community Colleges. Villa Julie has articulation agreements with seven other community colleges for nursing and with Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania for the Family and Community Services program.

Carroll Community College, established as a degree-granting institution in 1993, had its first graduating class in 1994. Carroll offers degrees in transfer and career programs, as well as certificates in a variety of disciplines including early childhood education, business, allied health, and computer technologies, among others. Carroll also provides non-credit courses in the areas of business training, workforce development, and personal enrichment through Continuing Education and Training. Carroll was Maryland's fastest growing community college over the past five years, according to figures from the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

Villa Julie College has the third-largest undergraduate enrollment among private, coeducational institutions in Maryland. The College, founded in 1947, also offers five master's degrees and accelerated degree programs for working adults, serving more than 2,500 students at campuses in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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