Seamless Transfer

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Students at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) can now seamlessly transfer into UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC).

The two institutions have signed a dual admissions agreement. Through it, qualified students will be afforded the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree at MVCC and continue their education in CEHC’s new undergraduate major.

UAlbany and MVCC sign academic agreement
Representatives from UAlbany and MVCC signed a dual admissions agreement on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

The agreement requires degree-seeking students to maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete a number of required courses at MVCC to match CEHC’s curriculum. Those who are selected, and qualify, will be awarded full transfer credit upon completion of their two-year degree.

"The signing of this agreement represents an historic moment in the newly formed College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC),” said Jeanette Altarriba, UAlbany vice provost and dean for undergraduate education. "In collaboration with MVCC, CEHC, and the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education we were able to foster a strong working relationship that highlights the importance of transferability, opportunity, and student success within the SUNY system.”

Located in Utica, MVCC has already established a number of programs and institutes which fit into CEHC’s portfolio. Included is degree/certificate offerings in criminal justice, cybersecurity and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), along with an Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Public Services.

Maryrose Eannace, MVCC’s vice president of academic affairs joined Altarriba and Darrel Wheeler, UAlbany’s interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, on Tuesday to officially sign the memorandum of understanding between both institutions. It is effective immediately.

“We encourage all our students to continue their education and complete a four-year degree,” Eannace said. “This bridge we are building with UAlbany is not only important, but also inspiring for our students who are interested in this high-demand industry. It is exciting to see the program come together.”

"We are delighted to partner with MVCC to provide their students with seamless transfer into our new major in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity," said David Rousseau, CEHC interim dean. "Given MVCC’s curriculum in criminal justice and cybersecurity, as well as their emerging Institute for Emergency Preparedness, we think they are a perfect partner.”

CEHC was established to support high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, to produce new knowledge through innovative research, and to provide training and lifelong learning opportunities for professionals – all to help prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from a growing array of natural and human-caused risks and threats in New York State and around the world.

Since opening in spring 2015, the college has shattered all growth expectations. As of this semester, there’s close to 150 undergraduate majors, with nearly another 100 students announcing their intention to declare the major. There’s also 320 declared minors.

Visit CEHC’s official website to learn more: https://www.albany.edu/cehc/

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