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ACCC, Stockton Sign Social Work Program Articulation Agreement

December 22, 2008

Students completing Atlantic Cape Community College's human services degree will be able to seamlessly transfer into the social work program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey under a new articulation agreement. ACCC President Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, president of Stockton, signed the agreement Dec. 18.

ACCC has about 100 students in its human services program, which leads to an associate in science degree. The majority of these students will seek to transfer to the program at Stockton, where all 64 ACCC credits will now be accepted.

"This new agreement outlines which electives students need so everything fits. Students will have better use of their credits," said Dr. Thomas Grites, assistant to the provost at Stockton.

"The affiliation agreement both recognizes our positive relationship with Stockton and strengthens it, as its main beneficiaries will be the students, who are provided greater clarity and more reassurance of a smooth transition for them from ACCC to Stockton," Mora said.

Stockton has 204 social work majors and will add a master's in social work option beginning in fall 2009, said Dr. Cheryl Kaus, dean of social and behavioral science.

The projected growth in demand for social workers will be higher than average through 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected growth in demand for human service workers in Atlantic and Cape May counties is among the highest for all job categories. Projected growth is 3.2 percent a year through 2014 in Atlantic County, and 1.6 percent per year for Cape May County.

The articulation agreement was the result of efforts by Donna Marie McElroy, assistant professor of social science, and Dr. James MacNair, associate professor of social science at ACCC, and Dr. Merydawilda Colon, associate professor of social work at Stockton.

For more information on ACCC's human services program, contact MacNair at (609) 343-4954. For the social work program at Stockton, call (609) 652-4261 or visit www.stockton.edu.