Academic leaders from New Jersey City University and Hudson County Community College met in February to launch a series of strategic initiatives between the two institutions. NJCU President Dr. Sue Henderson, HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert, NJCU Provost Daniel Julius and HCCC Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Friedman had met earlier to discuss several historic initiatives and to set the stage for the implementation of the projects and programs.
The two public colleges have a rich history of partnering together on grant initiatives and academic programming to help Hudson County community members to achieve college and career success. In September 2016, NJCU and HCCC launches an innovative expansion of their general partnership and dual admit initiative in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education by creating a set of Provost’s Scholarships. The goal of the new Pathway Program and associated scholarships is to increase Hispanic student participation in STEM career fields. Through the Pathway Program, students have the option of dual admission to STEM programs at both institutions or seamless transfer from HCCC to NJCU with scholarship support.
Among the agenda items at the February session was the finalization of an Honors-to-Honors Articulation for students who wish to transfer into the Honors Program at NJCU; the development of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that can be offered at HCCC’s new Department of Nursing on Bergen Avenue; the development of an Early childhood Education bachelor’s degree program that can be offered at HCCC’s North Hudson Campus; and the development of a joint program in Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management so that HCCC Culinary Arts Institute students can earn a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the associate’s degree.