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PR # 245 June 11, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and Caldwell College have established a partnership that will enable Somerset and Hunterdon county residents to obtain their baccalaureate degrees or certifications in Education while staying close to home.

The new agreement, which was signed June 9, will bring courses leading to several Caldwell College Education programs to RVCC?s North Branch Campus. These include a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and certification programs in Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary School with subject matter specialization in English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Science; and Teaching grades K-12, focusing on such subjects as Art, Biology, English, French, Mathematics, Music, Social Studies and Spanish.

The program is being offered through Caldwell College?s Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies.

?We are excited about the education programs that Caldwell College is bringing to our campus. The degree and certification programs will give our graduates who are interested in teaching the opportunity to continue their education right here on campus,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

?Caldwell College is pleased to enter this partnership with Raritan Valley Community College. The partnership will enable students from Raritan Valley the ability to seamlessly transition to Caldwell College by taking Caldwell courses on the Raritan Valley campus, thereby extending the Caldwell ?promise? to Somerset and Hunterdon county residents and allow them to obtain a baccalaureate degree or certification in Education while staying close to home,? said Dr. Dennis DeLong, Dean of The Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies at Caldwell College.

Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 90 credits into the program, although 50 percent of the credits in their major must be completed in Caldwell College courses. In addition to traditional classroom-based classes, some courses may be taken online.

Scholarship opportunities are available, including a 25 percent tuition discount scholarship for members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Although the courses are offered at RVCC?s North Branch Campus, students are still encouraged to take advantage of programs at Caldwell College and are entitled to the same privileges as tradition Caldwell students. An orientation program will be offered at Caldwell College.

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 Caldwell College, current University Center partners include: Centenary College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician College, Kean University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

For additional information about the Caldwell College programs and other scholarship opportunities, contact Roxanne Knott-Kuczborski, 973-618-3532, RKnott@caldwell.edu .

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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