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BCC, Elms College Sign Articulation Agreement
May 9, 2013

Berkshire Community College and Elms College have entered into an academic agreement allowing qualified BCC human services graduates to transfer to the Elms College social work bachelor's degree program in Chicopee and Lee, Mass.

BCC President Ellen Kennedy and Elms College President Sister Mary Reap recently yesterday signed
a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions, which will become effective for classes entering this August in Lee and this September in Chicopee.

BCC students may transfer to part-time or full-time status in the Elms College bachelor's degree program in social work. Students who transfer to the traditional full-time, part-time, or weekend college social work program at the Chicopee campus transfer up to 75 credits from BCC toward a bachelor's degree.  BCC students who transfer to the Elms off-campus program in the Berkshires transfer up to 78 credits.

Students who enroll in the Elms off-campus program in the Berkshires can complete a bachelor's degree in social work in 20 months. Classes are held 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays for a period of 10 eight-week sessions. Graduates earn an Elms College bachelor of science degree in social work. To qualify for transfer to Elms or enrollment into the off-campus program, BCC students must have earned their associate's degree and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

"We always look for ways to forge new partnerships and pathways so that our students can achieve their highest academic potential," said President Kennedy. "This articulation agreement provides BCC students the flexibility to attend either part-time or full-time based on what works best for them. In addition, the availability of classes in Lee benefits students by providing the option to take classes close to where they currently live or work. Elms College's Social Work Program is top-notch and we look forward to having some of our graduates continue their education at this prestigious institution."

"Our two institutions have long been partners in educating future leaders, and this agreement solidifies our dedication to partnering to provide excellent education to students from the Berkshires," Sr. Mary said.

The two institutions originally signed an articulation agreement for social work majors in 2004.

BCC currently has transfer articulation agreements with 45 universities and colleges throughout the country. Examples include: Clarkson University, Colorado State University, Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Southern Vermont College, the University at Albany, Trinity College of Vermont and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

BCC also has joint admissions agreements with all Massachusetts state colleges and universities including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about BCC's human services program, contact Audrey Ringer at aringer@berkshirecc.edu,
and for information about Elms College's social work program, contact Maureen Holland at hollandm@elms.edu. For information about the Elms in the Berkshires social work degree completion
program, contact Wanda Banks at banksw@elms.edu or 413-313-4287.



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