The College of Our Lady of the Elms and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) have signed an agreement to provide students interested in majors such as computer science, information technology and security with several new computer-related bachelor’s degrees.
“Ensuring high quality, flexible, affordable undergraduate options remains as important as ever especially in key areas of demand,” said STCC president Dr. John Cook. “No longer is there a singular tech sector, every sector of our economy is truly known as a tech sector which highlights the need for well-prepared skilled individuals.”
The partnership will allow STCC students to transfer from the community college into the Elms College accelerated online bachelor’s degree programs in computer science and computer information technology and security, according to MassLive.
In order to be eligible for the program, students are required to be enrolled in one of the following STCC associate degree programs: computer information technology and security, programming, computer systems engineering or engineering and science.
This isn’t the first time that the two schools have collaborated on a bachelor’s degree program for STCC students, said Betty Hukowicz, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The two partnered in 2011 on the bachelor’s degree in social work.
“We have had 103 students graduate from the bachelor’s degree program and 50 of them have gone on to earn graduate degrees,” said Hukowicz. “We already have staff in place that support our social work program, so that staff will continue to support our computer information technology students.”
Brian Candido, a professor and chairman of the Computer Information Technologies department at STCC, said the new program will allow students to work while they pursue their bachelor’s degree.
“Our degree prepares students for career readiness, they can go and get a job right after or transfer and I always thought why can’t it be and instead of or?” he said. “Why can’t you get a job and continue to get an education.”
The courses will be offered in seven to eight week modules to prevent students from being overwhelmed with material. Elms will utilize a variety of online methods for course instruction such as YouTube videos and Moodle, an open-source learning management platform.