Chestnut Hill College Joins Montgomery County Community College’s University Center Initiative

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will collaborate with Montgomery County Community College to provide additional undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities at its West Campus in Pottstown.

Representatives from Chestnut Hill signed the partnership agreement documents with Montgomery County Community College President, Dr. Karen A. Stout and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John Flynn on Friday, March 5 at the West Campus.

Chestnut Hill College joined Villanova University, Albright College, Gwynedd-Mercy College and Temple University as part of Montgomery County Community College’s University Center. The Center was created in 2006 to enable students and residents to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees directly at the campus with programs taught by faculty from partner colleges and universities.

“It’s almost four years to the day since we first gathered here in this space to announce the establishment of the University Center at the West Campus,” said Dr. Stout. “The initiative enables Montgomery County Community College graduates, as well as members of the community, to have a pathway to baccalaureate and master’s degree completion from top four-year college’s and universities in a convenient and highly-accessible space in the heart of downtown Pottstown.”

Chestnut Hill College will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Human Services. The bachelor’s degree program will provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to obtain employment in a variety of human service organizations. The master’s program is for individuals seeking leadership roles as administrators or directors in the field of human services.

“The most important thing we can do for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at a time when there is much concern about cost is to work together to create a partnership without duplicating programs,” said Sister Carol Jean Vale, President of Chestnut Hill College, noting that graduates of Montgomery County Community College will be able to seamlessly transfer into the baccalaureate program.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook of 2008-2009, social and human services are projected to be among the fastest growing professions with excellent job opportunities.

The University Center’s existing partners currently offer one master’s degree program and seven bachelor’s degree programs. Each University Center partner has its own admissions requirements, offers its own degrees and charges its own tuition and fees. The length of each program varies and is based upon the partner’s curriculum sequence. For students without an associate’s degree, the full program may take four to five years of full-time study.