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MVCC, Empire State College sign transfer agreements

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Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and SUNY Empire State College have signed a transfer partnership agreement. Pictured here (from left to right) are Tim Thomas, MVCC assistant VP for academic affairs; MVCC President Randall VanWagoner; SUNY Empire Officer in Charge Nathan Gonyea; and Christine VanNamee, MVCC dean of the School of Business and Hospitality. (Photo credit: Mohawk Valley Community College)

UTICA, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and SUNY Empire State College have signed new transfer partnership agreements.

The partnership involves six new articulation agreements and the creation of “student-friendly” pathways from an associate degree at MVCC through a master’s program at SUNY Empire State College, per an MVCC news release.

Randall VanWagoner, president of MVCC, and Nathan Gonyea, officer in charge at Empire State College, signed the agreement.

It includes “pathways transfer articulation agreements in allied health in radiologic technology and respiratory care; pathways transfer program agreement in nursing; and pathways transfer articulation agreements in business administration, human-resource management, and management,” MVCC said.

The partnership is designed to support students who wish to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees with an educational model that is “flexible and affordable” and allows them to “continue their education in their community,” the colleges contend.

MVCC will provide advising guides to students looking to transfer and will show them how their coursework can apply to programs at SUNY Empire State College.

MVCC and SUNY Empire State College have a previous agreement from 2020 for guaranteed admission to SUNY Empire’s new online bachelor’s degree in addiction studies program for MVCC graduates who have earned a chemical-dependency practitioner associate degree. This program prepares students to become skilled addiction-treatment specialists. It was designed to help combat all forms of addiction and substance misuse and to meet the “growing demand” for professionally trained counselors in New York, the schools said.

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