A new agreement between Holyoke Community College and Elms College will increase the transfer options available to students studying criminal justice at HCC.
HCC President Bill Messner and Elms College President Mary Reap and other administrators signed an articulation agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 13, that spells out the details of two new transfer options. Students at HCC who graduate with an associate degree in criminal justice will now be accepted at Elms on a track to receive either a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice or a bachelor of arts degree in legal studies.
"This gives our students another opportunity for transfer," said Mark Broadbent, HCC's Transfer Affairs coordinator. "It gives them another four-year school to look at. It gives them more choices."
The criminal justice degree program at Elms College is new as of the fall 2012 semester.
"Part of our mission as a community college is to help students continue their learning beyond the walls of HCC," said Messner. "We are happy to provide yet another opportunity for our students to transfer to a four-year institution where they can earn a bachelor's degree. The criminal justice program at Elms College will provide our students with the skills and knowledge they need to build satisfying careers in this diverse field. I'm excited about it, our criminal justice faculty is excited, and I'm sure our students will be excited too."
"We are very much aware of the exemplary standards at this community college and know that the completion of a criminal justice bachelor's degree from Elms College will be held in high regard by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies," said Alice Perry, program director of the criminal justice program at Elms and a former prosecutor.
HCC has articulation agreements for transfer with about 30 private and public schools, including several for criminal justice majors, including Westfield State University, American International College and Western New England University. Articulation agreements spell out exactly what courses at HCC will be accepted for credit at the four-year schools.
"More importantly," said Broadbent, "our criminal justice department is talking to their criminal justice department, so faculty can tailor their courses to meet the requirements at Elms, and our students will be better prepared when they get there."
Photos: (Left) HCC President Bill Messner and Elms College President Mary Reap sign an articulation agreement the will allow criminal justice majors at HCC ato transfer to Elms College for their four-year degree. (Right) Alice Perry, program director for the criminal justice program at Elms College, stands with Monica Perez, dean of Social Sciences at HCC.