Ocean County College, N.J. Institute of Technology Establish Academic Partnership
Ocean County College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have signed a joint admission agreement designed to improve student access at the two higher education institutions. The partnership will enable students who have completed their associate’s degree at OCC to seamlessly continue their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree at NJIT.
“It is important for us to create pathways to success and eliminate as many barriers as possible for community college transfer students,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “With this collaboration, we are expanding access and creating exciting professional opportunities for academically successful students enrolled at Ocean County College while introducing them to NJIT’s outstanding undergraduate programs. As New Jersey’s public polytechnic university, it is incumbent upon NJIT to articulate well with the STEM programs at our state’s community colleges.”
Under the terms of the agreement, students will need to express an interest in pursuing a degree at NJIT during their first academic year at OCC. Upon completion of their associate’s degree, OCC graduates who meet the admissions requirements will be admitted to NJIT. The two institutions will jointly monitor the progress of students in the program.
Plans are also in the works for NJIT to offer an upper-level course in electrical engineering principles at OCC.
As OCC President Jon H. Larson remarked, “Ocean County College is delighted to have entered into a joint agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to offer engineering and technology classes on the OCC campus” in Toms River. “The agreement will enhance student access to outstanding NJIT STEM courses.”
For more information, call 732-255-0400 or visit ocean.edu. —J.K.-H.