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(FORT DRUM, N.Y.)-Columbia College-Fort Drum and Jefferson Community College will make it easier for students in Watertown, N.Y., and the surrounding area to earn a four-year college degree. The two colleges will sign an articulation agreement at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 in the Lansing Administration Building on the Jefferson Community College campus.
The agreement makes it possible for students to complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Jefferson Community College and transfer directly to Columbia College-Fort Drum to complete a bachelor's degree.
"Military personnel at Fort Drum and working adults in the Watertown area will enjoy the benefits of this agreement," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. "Students can complete a strong foundation at Jefferson Community College and transfer easily to Columbia College-Fort Drum or its Online Campus to complete a bachelor's degree."
"It is gratifying to know that Jefferson graduates are sought after by a college of Columbia's caliber," said Katherine F. Fenlon, Academic Dean at Jefferson Community College. "It speaks to the quality of a JCC degree and to the excellent preparation of our students for baccalaureate study."
Columbia College-Fort Drum is working collaboratively with the Robert C. McEwen Education Complex on Fort Drum and Jefferson Community College to bring two and four-year degree opportunities to the North Country.
Located in Watertown, Jefferson Community College is one of 64 campuses-and one of 30 community colleges-which comprise the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college offers more than 30 associate degree and certificate programs with course offerings on the Watertown campus, on Fort Drum and online. Six degree programs are available entirely online.
Columbia College-Fort Drum is Columbia College's newest Nationwide Campus. It serves military and working adult learners in the Watertown area. The campus offers bachelor's degrees on campus in psychology, criminal justice administration, interdisciplinary studies and history, plus more than 350 online classes and 12 complete online degrees.
Columbia College was founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. The college serves nearly 25,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and its 30 Nationwide Campuses.