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PR # 229 May 11, 2009

RVCC TO OFFER RUTGERS? LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM AS PART OF COLLEGE?S UNIVERSITY CENTER

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have established a partnership that will enable area residents to obtain their baccalaureate degrees while staying close to home. The new agreement, which was signed May 8, will bring courses leading to Rutgers? Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies to RVCC?s North Branch Campus. The program, which will begin in Fall 2009, is being offered as part of the College?s University Center.

?We welcome Rutgers as our University Center partner and are excited about the special Liberal Studies program they are bringing to our North Branch Campus. The program will provide a pathway for our graduates who have pursued career-oriented degree programs to stay at our campus and complete their Bachelor?s Degree,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

?I look forward to adding Raritan Valley Community College to the list of community colleges with whom we have a very close working relationship. This partnership is an excellent example of complementary public Institutions working jointly in the public interest by providing Baccalaureate degree completion programs close to home,? said Dr. Raphael J. Caprio, Vice President for Continuous Education and Outreach, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The Rutgers Liberal Studies program is designed for students who already have an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree. Adult students who already have attained significant technical and applied skills can obtain a Bachelor?s Degree through this program. After transferring credits from their Associate Degree programs, students in the Rutgers program will gain critical skills essential to the liberal arts and pursue a program that combines courses in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students often begin the program after accumulating valuable work experience, and many pursue their education while continuing to work. Information about the Rutgers liberal studies program is online at http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/dept-pages/ugradlib.

The University Center at Raritan Valley Community College is an alternate means for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents and workers to complete advanced education without having to travel outside the region. Through partnerships with an expanding number of accredited colleges and universities, the Center provides courses at the North Branch campus leading to baccalaureate- and graduate-level degrees and certificates.

In addition to Rutgers, current University Center partners include: Caldwell College, Centenary College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician College and Kean University.

For information about RVCC?s University Center, call 908-526-1200, ext. 8939 or email Univcen@raritanval.edu . For additional information, contact Elizabeth Moore, 609-343-2092, email rutgers-rvcc@dceo.rutgers.edu , or visit www.rutgersatrvcc.org .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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