Maria commits to partnerships and new pathways
Maria College has committed to creating new partnerships as part of the mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible for traditional and nontraditional students. The College recently entered into agreements with four State University of New York (SUNY) institutions to encourage community college students to continue their education at Maria and to help Maria graduates pursue advanced degrees. Other agreements give high school students a jump on college.
“We are all best served when our higher education institutions cooperate to forge agreements designed to benefit our students, align with our respective educational strengths, and help satisfy the needs of Capital Region employers.” — President Thomas Gamble, Ph.D.
From community college to Maria
Maria has articulation agreements with Hudson Valley Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, and SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) to help students seamlessly transition to Maria programs. For example, Hudson Valley students who graduate with an associate degree in nursing, pass their NCLEX-RN license exam, and meet other program requirements can transfer into Maria’s BS Degree in Nursing Completion Program. Those with an AAS in community health navigation can transfer into Maria’s BS in healthcare management at third-year status. (Note: GPA and other program requirements apply.)
“The majority of our graduates stay in the Capital Region, so having a transfer partner in Maria increases their opportunities and their chance for further career advancement,” Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak says.
Arrangements with Fulton-Montgomery and SCCC encourage students who earn certification as nurse assistants (CNA) or home health aides (HHA) to continue their education in Maria’s practical nursing certificate (LPN) program. In addition to assisting students, these agreements help meet the region’s need for skilled healthcare workers.
“We are very pleased to work with our educational partners to create new pathways and opportunities for students,” Maria College President Dr. Thomas Gamble says. “Together we are building a strong healthcare infrastructure in the Capital Region.”
Other arrangements help clear a path into Maria associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Specifics for each program are available at mariacollege.edu (academics/articulation agreements) or type this in your browser: bit.ly/eztransfer.
From Maria to a master’s
Last September, Maria and SUNY Empire State College signed a first-of-its-kind agreement for both institutions, creating an early admission pathway from Maria to graduate-level programs at Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies and School for Nursing and Allied Health.
The arrangement supports Maria students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in business, education, nursing, public policy, and health-related fields. Many have career goals that will require a graduate degree. With its flexible course offerings — in person, online, and a combination of both — SUNY Empire is an excellent option for Maria graduates.
Pauline A. Mojica was one of the first to apply to SUNY Empire under the new arrangement. The healthcare management major at Maria will graduate in May 2018 and has already been accepted into the MBA in Business Management Program at SUNY Empire.
“Like Maria, SUNY Empire is extremely accommodating when it comes to full-time workers,” Mojica says. “The SUNY Empire/Maria College agreement definitely influenced my decision to apply because it made the path to an MBA program very easy and straightforward. The waived application fee definitely helped!”
SUNY Empire provides Maria students with a dedicated contact person to assist with the application process and waives both the application fee and the requirement for a personal recommendation. Students may pursue master’s degrees in business management leadership (including two MBA options), education, nursing, liberal studies, and policy studies.
Starting in high school
Two other arrangements allow high school students to earn college credits and explore careers in healthcare. At Bishop Maginn High School, Maria established a satellite campus where students in grades 10 through 12 can take college courses. In addition to earning college credits in high school, students have the opportunity to push themselves academically and to consider future educational options and goals.
Through an arrangement with Capital Region BOCES, Maria hosts high school seniors from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Guilderland, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school districts. Students take a three-credit course in anatomy and physiology and a one-credit lab and have access to Maria’s exceptional facilities, including the state-of-the-art Anatomage virtual dissection table. Students engage with a challenging curriculum guided by experienced faculty in a caring college setting.