LAFAYETTE (February 24, 2014) -- Saint Joseph’s College and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette have entered into a partnership that will provide a convenient pathway for Ivy Tech students to earn a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting from SJC. A memorandum of understanding was signed during a ceremony held today on the Ivy Tech-Lafayette campus.
Ivy Tech graduates who have earned an associate of science degree in business or accounting will be able to transfer to the SJC program and complete a bachelor’s degree on the Ivy Tech campus in classes taught by SJC faculty. Students will be enrolled as an SJC student and have access to Ivy Tech facilities and labs to complete their studies. They will also have full online access to SJC’s Robinson Library and other resources available at the Rensselaer campus.
"We are excited to build upon our relationship with Ivy Tech Community College and to extend our collaborative efforts," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "This agreement signifies a partnership that fulfills part of the college's mission, which is aimed at educating students to become competent professionals who are capable of assuming leadership roles in the world and who embody Gospel values in their personal lives and professional careers."
SJC’s Dean of Outreach Dr. Ilicia Sprey added, "Saint Joseph's College is noted for the professional real-world experience of our business faculty, our mentoring of students, and the success our graduates have in obtaining meaningful and fulfilling jobs in their areas of interest, which for many includes starting their own businesses as entrepreneurs. Employers of our graduates value the significant edge that the Saint Joseph's College Core Program gives students with its emphasis on character-building and development of an individual moral value system."
The degree completion program will be introduced in August 2014 for the fall semester. Classes will meet in the evenings twice per week. The scheduling will allow students to work full or part-time while furthering their education, without the additional expense of traveling to SJC’s campus in Rensselaer. SJC faculty will be provided with adequate workspace and access to Ivy Tech computer networks and classroom equipment to fully serve the students.
“More Ivy Tech graduates are looking for ways to continue their education, and this partnership provides a seamless and cost-effective way for that to happen,” said Ivy Tech-Lafayette Chancellor Dr. David Bathe. “Our partnership with Saint Joseph’s College is consistent with our core values that include providing the highest standards of quality and excellence in teaching to help our students to succeed and reach their goals.”
In April 2011, Ivy Tech-Lafayette and SJC established transfer opportunities for graduates with associate of science degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education and liberal arts. Under that agreement, Ivy Tech graduates can complete a bachelor’s degree on the SJC campus.
Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
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