In this article, you will get detail regarding SMCC and St. Joseph’s come together to create Community², a unique and seamless transfer opportunity for students
The presidents of Southern Maine Community College and St. Joseph’s College in Maine has announced a new partnership to benefit the students of both institutions and strengthen the collective community. Today, SMCC and Saint Joseph’s finalized the creation of the Community² program that allows students from select programs to begin their college journey at SMCC and transition seamlessly to Saint Joseph’s.
Community² will allow students to be part of the culture of both institutions, creating ten new transfer agreements from SMCC to complementary programs at St. Joseph and removing administrative barriers for students. The community² also makes St. Joseph housing available to SMCC sophomores. This allows them to integrate into St. Joseph’s community and acclimate to campus to prepare for their eventual full transition to college while taking online or in-person classes at SMCC. A simple and seamless transfer path will save students time and money.
“Community² reinforces our commitment to providing students with an affordable path to higher education and the support to succeed while preparing them to meet Maine’s critical workforce needs.” said SMCC President Joe Cassidy. “The cost of college is top of mind for all prospective students and their families,” Cassidy said. “Recent high school graduates can attend SMCC tuition-free with Maine’s free college initiative, and with Community² they have a unique opportunity to live on St. Joseph’s campus in SMCC’s residential apartment during the second year. This can dramatically reduce their initial financial investment, allowing them to continue their education after SMCC.”
“Community² expands on the long and fruitful relationship between SMCC and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine,” St. Joseph’s College of Maine President Jim Dlugos said. “Our collaboration on this innovative program goes even further, providing students in Maine (and beyond) with a unique and seamless transition between supportive communities. From rigorous academics to comprehensive services to high-impact career paths, our institutions multiply each of our great college experiences by the power of two.”
By aligning tuition between programs at both schools, transfer agreements allow students to plan ahead for their college careers, refrain from taking unnecessary loans and spending money on courses that do not count toward an advanced degree.
Students enrolled in SMCC’s nursing, marine sciences, liberal studies with a focus in science, social work and psychology, radiography, business administration, business administration: sports management, health sciences, education and criminal justice programs will be able to transfer to St . Joseph’s Public Health, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Health and Wellness Promotion, Sociology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (online or on campus), Business Administration, Social Work, Psychology, Radiological Sciences Administration (online), Marine Science, Sports and Recreation Management, Secondary Education , basic education and criminal justice programs without problems. Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at SMCC before they can complete their transfer to St. Joseph’s.
If you are interested in the Community² program, please visit www.smccME.edu or contact SMCC Dean of Academic Excellence and Strategic Initiatives Matt Goodman at mgoodman@smccME.edu.
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