BCC students can now finish ”green” degrees at
Burlington County Times
By Danielle Camilli Staff writer | Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 5:00 am
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — Burlington County College is expanding its offerings to students through new agreements with other schools, including a guaranteed admission program with the Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway for “green” degrees.
BCC, which has campuses in Pemberton Township, Mount Laurel and Willingboro, and the Atlantic County school recently signed an agreement on their latest energy sustainability degrees. Last fall, both colleges launched degree programs in the growing field of sustainability, officials said.
The agreement will allow BCC students studying sustainability to transfer into Stockton’s program after earning their associate’s degree. It is the latest of more than 40 majors that have agreements between the institutions.
Students who meet the requirements for the degree program will enter Stockton with junior status and be able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within two years, officials said.
BCC President David C. Hespe said he is proud to partner with Stockton.
“They have also been leaders in this area and environmental innovators,” he said.
BCC is the first two-year college in the tri-county area to offer comprehensive green associate degree programs.
With support from a NASA grant, BCC created the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy and is now offering four green degree programs in sustainability policy and management, applied science in energy management, applied science in alternative energy technologies, and sustainable energy studies.
The college’s associates of science programs in sustainability policy and management and sustainable energy studies are designed to transfer to four-year institutions, officials said.
“In the fall of 2012, the first Stockton students enrolled in our sustainability program, which is Stockton’s newest undergraduate degree program, and just one year later we are proud to be clearing the pathway to bring Burlington County College students in,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said.
In a separate agreement, BCC will open its doors to students from Salem Community College in Carneys Point and Cumberland County College in Vineland to take part in its culinary arts program at its state-of-the-art culinary center in Mount Holly. A select number of students can now earn an associate degree in culinary arts.
Under the new agreement, Salem and Cumberland students will take their general education requirements at their respective institutions and attend BCC for program-specific classes. As many as five students from each college will be eligible to enroll in BCC’s culinary arts program, and both Salem and Cumberland students will have the benefit of paying in-county tuition rates at BCC.