CCBC Forges Articulation Agreements with UMBC, UMD, and Penn State Harrisburg

Nov 05, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Agreements facilitate added transfer benefits for CCBC’s high achieving students with well-respected local Universities

Baltimore County, MD – It’s an honor to be in the Honors Program at the Community College of Baltimore County. And, Honors Program students apply knowing beforehand that they are asking to take on more work and more difficult courses as part of the deal. With the increase in the number of students attending community colleges for their first two-years, the CCBC Honor Program is designed to motivate and challenge students who typically would apply and be accepted directly into four-year programs as well as those students returning to college or who are excelling in high school. Typically these subsets of students are looking for challenging courses that will spark their interest, fulfill their required credits that will transfer to a four-year college or university and open the door to the college of their choice.

Under recently signed articulation agreements, academically high-achieving CCBC students will be awarded a seamless transition to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), or Penn State Harrisburg.

UMBC

CCBC Honors Program graduates with at least a 3.7 GPA and an Associate degree will be guaranteed admission to the institution and into the UMBC Honors. “This is a win-win for our two institutions," notes Simon Stacey, director of the Honors College at UMBC. “It will allow us to admit some of the best and brightest CCBC students directly into the Honors College and to formalize our collaboration with CCBC Honors faculty to enhance and strengthen this partnership.”

University of Maryland, College Park

CCBC students with at least a 3.0 GPA and who are accepted into the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) are guaranteed admission and an array of other benefits from the University of Maryland. The MTAP agreement allows selected students to attend discounted classes on the College Park campus. Additionally, students can opt to join the Shady Grove version of the MTAP program (Universities at Shady Grove, Terp Partnership Program) to take courses on the Shady Grove campus at a discounted rate and receive additional benefits while they are still students at CCBC.

Penn State Harrisburg

CCBC graduates who choose to attend Penn State Harrisburg majoring in American Studies, Applied Psychological Research, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering can take advantage of the Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate degree program. The integrated program allows qualified transfer students to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in three years, saving time and money over traditional programs.

According to Rae Rosenthal, lead director of the Honors Programs at CCBC, “These agreements are perfect for many of our students who wish to continue their education at well- respected local colleges. The UMBC Honors Program, UMD MTAP program, and Penn State Harrisburg integrated undergraduate/graduate degree programs will continue to nurture our Honors graduates so that they can fulfill their personal and academic potential.” CCBC will be hosting information sessions on its Honors Program and new Fast Start Scholarships for 2016 high school graduates. These information sessions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in Room 100 of the Student Services Center at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road and Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Room 110 of the Administration Building at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. To register, visit www.ccbcmd.edu/infosessions.

For additional information on the CCBC Honors Program, call 443-840-1850.

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