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MCC Signs Reverse Transfer Agreement with Pillar College

Students who received scholarships enjoyed mingling with donors and other MCC students at the annual Scholarship Reception in November. They also enjoyed taking selfies. More than 300 students, donors and guests attended. The MCC Foundation is providing over $790,000 in scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of donors. More than 650 students will receive an MCC scholarship in 2015-16.

Students who received scholarships enjoyed mingling with donors and other MCC students at the annual Scholarship Reception in November. They also enjoyed taking selfies. More than 300 students, donors and guests attended. The MCC Foundation is providing over $790,000 in scholarships this year thanks to the generosity of donors. More than 650 students will receive an MCC scholarship in 2015-16.

Representatives of Middlesex County College and Pillar College recently signed a reverse transfer agreement. This pact allows students attending Pillar College to receive a Middlesex degree for courses they have taken at MCC and Pillar.

“It is really designed for students who started at Middlesex and transferred to Pillar just shy of an Associate Degree,” said Mark McCormick, MCC’s vice president for academic and student affairs. “What we find is students may transfer early, intending to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, but then an unforeseen circumstance prevents them from finishing. This agreement means they could take the credits they have earned from both institutions and apply them to an Associate Degree from MCC. We encourage all our students to graduate before transferring, but we recognize this doesn’t always happen.”

The agreement with Pillar is the first reverse transfer agreement Middlesex has signed. Middlesex has numerous transfer articulation agreements with colleges and universities all over the nation. In the other transfer agreements, students earn an Associate Degree at MCC, then apply their credits earned to the four-year school where they transfer in as juniors.

In the Pillar agreement, students must have earned at least 30 degree-eligible, transferable credits from Middlesex; the remainder can be earned at Pillar.

“One of the interesting features of this agreement is that the student could be awarded an Associate Degree from MCC and a Bachelor’s Degree from Pillar simultaneously,” Dr. McCormick said.

 

Seated, from left: Dr. Mark McCormick, vice president for academic and student affairs, and Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales, president at Middlesex County College; David E. Schroeder, president, and Wayne R. Dyer, vice president of strategic alliances, at Pillar College. Standing: Marla Brinson, dean of student affairs, and Patrick Madama, vice president for institutional advancement, at Middlesex.

Seated, from left: Dr. Mark McCormick, vice president for academic and student affairs, and Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales, president at Middlesex County College; David E. Schroeder, president, and Wayne R. Dyer, vice president of strategic alliances, at Pillar College. Standing: Marla Brinson, dean of student affairs, and Patrick Madama, vice president for institutional advancement, at Middlesex.