July 23, 2008

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College is about to become the home of a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Starting this fall, Boston’s Wheelock College will begin offering the final two years of a bachelor’s degree program in human development at HCC. To make the program more attractive to HCC students, the college has established a transfer agreement with HCC to accept qualified graduates of HCC’s Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education: Special Education Option into the program.

“With the increasing cost of higher education, the nation’s community colleges are recognizing their value as transfer institutions that students attend for two years before transferring to four-year colleges,” said HCC Academic Dean Elizabeth Roop. “The transfer agreement with Wheelock is one more step we’ve taken in that direction.”

“However, hosting Wheelock’s four-year bachelor’s degree program adds a new dimension to this,” she said. “Not only are we offering a smooth transition into a bachelor’s degree program at a prestigious four-year school, we’re bringing that program to Bridgeport.

“This means that our students, and others throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties, will not have to uproot themselves and their families to take advantage of this educational opportunity,” she said. “This will make the transition into that program much smoother.”

Wheelock has successfully graduated three cohorts in Massachusetts and looks forward to working with Housatonic as the host school, said Debra Johnston-Malden, director of Wheelock's National and Regional Programs. "Wheelock College is excited to deliver the Enhancing the Field Scholars Program (B.S. Human Development) in Connecticut,” she said.

“Wheelock is committed to providing quality instruction to the early childhood community and improving the lives of children and their families,” she said.

The transfer agreement will enable students who maintain a “C” average or better to transfer up to 67 credits into the Wheelock program, said Dr. Laurie Noe, coordinator of HCC’s Early Childhood Education program. Financial aid will be available through Wheelock.

As part of the agreement, Wheelock will supplement the HCC Library’s collection to support the program.

The Wheelock transfer agreement is the latest in a long line of agreements HCC has established. Others include:

  • Albertus Magnus College: General, Human Services
  • Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing: Nursing (cooperative agreement)
  • Central Connecticut State University: guaranteed admissions agreement
  • Eastern Connecticut State University: guaranteed admissions agreement
  • Southern Connecticut State University: guaranteed admissions agreement
  • Western Connecticut State University: guaranteed admissions agreement
  • Fairfield University: College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Continuing Education, School of Engineering, University College (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Marymount College: HCC graduates in all Associate Degree programs
  • New York University: Education, Nursing, Health, and Arts
  • Quinnipiac University: Accounting, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Clinical Lab Tech, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities/Social Science, Data Processing
  • Sacred Heart University: General, Business, Criminal Justice
  • Post University: Criminal Justice
  • University of Bridgeport: General, Dental Hygiene, Human Services, Business, Computer Science/Engineering, Math, Accounting, Biology, Computer Applications & Information Systems, Marketing, Management, Journalism, Banking, Fine Arts, and Graphic Design
  • University of Connecticut: (Stamford, Waterbury, Storrs) Agriculture and Natural Resources: 11 majors including Allied Health, Environmental Science, Nutrition; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 42 majors including American Studies, Biological Sciences, Communications, Economics, History, Human Development & Family Studies, Maritime Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, Statistics, Women’s Studies as well as Bachelor of General Studies, General, Business Administration, Accounting, Business Law
  • University of New Haven: Criminal Justice, Accounting

For more information about the transfer agreement, contact Noe at 203-332-5255. For more information about the Wheelock program, contact the National and Regional Programs department at (617) 879-2311.