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CHAMBERSBURG (Aug. 30, 2019) — Wilson College is partnering with a two-year Maryland college to help its students transition to bachelor degree programs.

The agreement between Wilson and Montgomery College was announced today. It also allows Montgomery’s students to transfer credits earned with a grade of C or better.

From left, Montgomery College Associate Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elena Sanchez and Wilson Vice President for Academic Affairs Elissa Heil sign the articulation agreement. Photo courtesy Wilson College.
From left, Montgomery College Associate Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elena Sanchez and Wilson Vice President for Academic Affairs Elissa Heil sign the articulation agreement. Photo courtesy Wilson College.

The agreement gives MC associate degree graduates advantages to make continuing their education at Wilson as seamless as possible.

If Montgomery students have a grade-point average of at least 2.0 they receive full junior status at Wilson. They must transfer 60 credits. Wilson then waives its admission fee..

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Coordinated academic advice is available from both colleges if students take courses leading to a bachelor’s degree.

signed today by college officials at a ceremony at Montgomery College’s Central Services building in Rockville, Md.,

High-achieving students receive monetary benefits. That include:

  • A Wilson Presidential Scholarship of $12,000 for MC graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. The student must enroll as a full-time residential student taking 15 credits or more per semester.
  • An additional $1,000 Montgomery Institutional Scholarship for MC graduates enrolled as a full-time residential students at Wilson.

The articulation agreement grew from the institutions’ joint belief that cooperative programs benefit the community, employers and students.

Providing smooth transitions

Such programs provide smooth transitions for students while maximizing the number of credits they can transfer, officials said.

“The principal beneficiaries are the students … (who are) provided the opportunity of planning a baccalaureate degree program at the outset of the college education,” according to the agreement.

“We are excited to partner with Montgomery College on this agreement because it breaks new ground for Wilson College by expanding our reach into the Washington, D.C. area while giving MC students a clear, straightforward path to a Wilson bachelor’s degree,” said Wilson Vice President for Academic Affairs Elissa Heil. “And by advancing from an associate degree to a bachelor’s, MC students will have the tools to achieve greater success in their careers.”

As Maryland’s premier community college, Montgomery College is dedicated to academic excellence and committed to student success.

Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs said, “We are constantly looking for transfer opportunities for our students where they will have outstanding student experience, they will not lose any credit and transfer with junior standing and with scholarship support. Wilson presents an ideal opportunity.”

The economic benefits of higher levels of education increase with each advancing degree, according to The College Payoff: Education, Occupations Lifetime Earnings, a report on lifetime earnings by level of education published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

For example, over the course of a lifetime, an associate degree holder earns an average of $423,000 more than a person with only a high school diploma, and a bachelor’s degree holder earns an average of $541,000 more than someone with an associate degree.

About Wilson College

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa., offering bachelor’s degrees in 35 majors and graduate degrees in education, healthcare, nursing, business and the arts and humanities.

Ranked as a top college and a “best value” in the region by US News & World Report, Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Wilson, located in Chambersburg, Pa., had a fall 2018 enrollment of 1,499. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

About Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public, fully accredited institution with campuses in Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring (Md.), plus training and community engagement centers, and off-site programs throughout the county. It also offers a variety of online programs, including fully online degrees.

Led by President DeRionne P. Pollard, MC is dedicated to student success and widely recognized for the quality and scope of its academic programs.

Established in 1946, Montgomery College serves nearly 55,000 students annually. It offers both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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