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Bachelor’s-Level Classes Taught on MCC’s Campus

Shraddha Pant left her Kean University nursing class at 9 p.m., got in her car and was in her Edison home 10 minutes later. Kean is at least 40 minutes from Edison. Was she speeding? Should the police be informed?

No. Ms. Pant didn’t speed, and she hasn’t figured out how to beam herself from place to place. The Kean class was actually taught on the Middlesex County College campus. She was in a familiar building, L’Hommedieu Hall.

“I got home and still had an hour to review what I did in class rather than driving home,” she said. “It’s so much more convenient.”

Ms. Pant is a 2010 graduate of the MCC nursing program and works at JFK Hospital in oncology. She feels it is necessary to have a Bachelor’s Degree to advance in her career.

“I wanted to take the next step,” she said. “It makes you more prepared. Continuing education is part of nursing.”

Middlesex hosts classes taught by faculty from Kean, Felician College and Jersey City University. The Kean and Felician programs offer Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing and Jersey City features a program in National Security Studies.

“Our students find this to be fabulous,” said Marla Brinson, dean of student affairs at Middlesex. “They don’t have to leave campus and they can get a Bachelor’s degree. They’re not our students, but we treat them as if they were.”

She said that most of the students are MCC graduates, but it is not a requirement.

Last semester, there were 58 students in the Felician RN to BSN program, 97 in the Kean program, and 98 at the New Jersey City University program.

Anthony Walker started this past fall in the National Security program at New Jersey City University.

“The professors are great,” he said. “They have experience in law enforcement and security. They have a lot of knowledge and experience that comes from working in the field.”

Mr. Walker, a 2014 MCC graduate in criminal justice, hopes to go into the U.S. Postal Inspection Service or another federal agency, and feels this program will help him do just that.

And a big plus for the South River resident is the convenience.

“It’s a 20-minute commute to Edison, versus an hour-and-a-half to Jersey City,” he said.