Program broadens opportunities for students to complete an associate degree at RVCC, and then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Centenary University.
Hackettstown, N.J., Nov. 14, 2019—Centenary University and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) have finalized two programs that broaden opportunities for RVCC students to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Centenary after completing their associate degree.
Centenary University’s education program offered at the Raritan Valley Community College University Center brings a new 2+2 program in education to the RVCC campus. Students complete their associate degree in education at RVCC, and then continue to take classes offered by Centenary University professors onsite at the community college to earn a bachelor’s degree in education. Throughout the process, faculty collaborate with students to ensure class choices that will lead to a seamless transfer process and completion of a bachelor’s degree within two years.
“The agreement with Centenary University represents an exciting new partnership that will provide great incentives for RVCC students who are planning to continue their studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in education,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. “Not only will RVCC education graduates be able to take Centenary classes on our RVCC campus, they also will have an opportunity to receive significant scholarships from the university.”
In addition, a new Path to Transfer agreement creates a seamless process for community college students representing a variety of majors to transfer to Centenary after graduating with their associate degree from RVCC.
“These innovative programs take the guesswork out of transferring to Centenary University for Raritan Valley Community College students,” explained Amy D’Olivo, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Centenary University. “The benefits are many: a streamlined admissions process, plus significant academic and transfer guidance. Our goal is to create a smooth pathway for students to continue their education, ultimately earning a Centenary University bachelor’s degree.”
Through Path to Transfer, students will apply concurrently to both institutions. Once accepted, they are considered Centenary students, benefiting from access to the University’s academic advisement, career resources, and block transfer of all community college courses.
The 2+2 Education Program and Path to Transfer offer significant scholarship opportunities, making the cost of tuition comparable to that offered by state universities. In addition, RVCC graduates may also be eligible for federal and state grants.
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.
Ranked by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.