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Date: December 10, 2004 (04-109) 

Montgomery College to Begin Offering New Transfer Studies Certificate
30-Credit Program Expands Available Options for Students Eyeing Transfer to Four-year Schools 

            Montgomery College will offer a new transfer studies certificate, beginning in the spring semester of 2005, for students who intend to move on to four-year colleges and universities. The certificate, which can be completed in one year, will help ensure that students take courses to meet transfer requirements of four-year institutions.  

The transfer certificate is earned at 30 credits, the equivalent of a years’ worth of courses, rather than the 60 credits required for an associate’s degree.  The certificate provides benefits both for students and Montgomery College.  Students can tailor their course selections to the requirements of transfer schools, and Montgomery College can enable more students to transfer successfully and strengthen its ability to meet State of Maryland standards for student goal attainment.

            “The state of Maryland makes determinations regarding a community college's success and its funding, based on the number of degrees and certificates issued annually,” said Dr. Mary Kay Shartle- Galotto, Montgomery College’s executive vice president for academic and student affairs. “Students who don't complete a full two-year degree but who transfer to other schools have never been counted. This certificate will let us demonstrate that we are providing a critical service to thousands of students each year.”   

In 2003, more than 2,200 Montgomery College transfer students with 12 or more credits enrolled at 200 different four-year colleges and universities across the country.  The new certificate is designed to assist students who want to transfer to in-state or out-of-state institutions. 

 “About two-thirds of all students at MC traditionally transfer, but the number is growing, in part because of the growing competitiveness of admission to a number of University System of Maryland schools for high school seniors and because of climbing state tuition rates,” said Anne Schleicher, a counselor at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, who developed the certificate, along with Rockville counselor Joan Hawkins. 

            For more information about the new transfer studies certificate, contact the Counseling and Advising Office at any of Montgomery College's three campuses for more information: Germantown, 240-567-7734; Rockville, 240-567-5063; Takoma Park, 240-567-1480.   

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.