Union College and Somerset Community College have worked jointly for several years bringing baccalaureate program opportunities to students who have completed associate degrees.
Those opportunities expanded by one this week, marking what Union College officials hope will be the beginning of a growth trend precipitated by partnering with the state-wide community college system.
Front row, from left: James M. Davis, Somerset Community College Counselor; Dr. Andelys Wood, Union College Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; Lois McWhorter, SCC Associate Dean; Sharon Whitehead, SCC Dean of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Carolyn Payne, Chair of Union College's Department of Business. Back Row, from left: Jon Burlew, SCC Associate Dean; Dr. Sarah Hendrix, Director of Union College's Social Work Program; Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College President; Dr. Tony Honeycutt, SCC Provost; Dr. Robert Armour, Chair of Union College's Department of Criminal Justice.
On Monday afternoon in Union College's Sharp Academic Center, officials from both colleges met to approve a two-plus-two transfer agreement that leads to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in social work. This program joins existing agreements for degrees in criminal justice and in business administration. College officials also signed reaffirmation agreements for the programs currently in place.
Two-plus-two agreements are transfer initiatives that facilitate seamless transitions from community colleges into approved baccalaureate programs. Students who take advantage of these programs will attend their freshman and sophomore year at Somerset Community College while completing the bachelor's degree at Union College.
Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., president of Union College, is anxious to bring other degree programs into the mix to increase the number of bachelor's degrees awarded locally. "Earning a four-year degree often makes a significant difference in career advancement and serves as a milestone for personal growth," Hawkins said. "The two-plus-two programs are key in making this a reality for many young adults."