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Date: July 13, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College and West Virginia Wesleyan Partner to Ease Transfer of Community College Students

Montgomery College and West Virginia Wesleyan College, a private college in Buckhannon, West Virginia, have formed a new partnership that will ease the transfer process for community college students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. The two institutions recently signed an articulation that will allow for the coordination of transfer policies and enhancement of student advising.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wesleyan will accept applications from Montgomery College students who wish to transfer to any baccalaureate program at Wesleyan. Montgomery College students, who have completed or will complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Fine Arts, or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, are eligible for admission application fee waivers as well as Wesleyan scholarship programs.

The new partnership allows students to transfer as early as the upcoming fall semester. Students from Montgomery College must earn 60 hours of credit from Wesleyan and earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in their major field of study to receive a bachelor’s degree.

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Montgomery College,” said Dr. Larry Parsons, interim dean of the College. “Montgomery College has aligned with many prestigious colleges and we are happy to be a part of their future success. This agreement allows both institutions to continue to offer their students a rich and relevant learning experience.”

“We are excited about working with West Virginia Wesleyan on this new transfer opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto, executive vice president of academic and student services at Montgomery College. “Creating a seamless transfer process will encourage more of our talented students to earn a bachelor’s degree.”

West Virginia Wesleyan College is a four-year private residential college that offers over 40 programs of study, 18 NCAA Division II sports, regionally renowned performing arts groups, and a comprehensive merit and need-based financial aid program. The College was recently selected as a “Best-Value College,” by the Princeton Review.

For more information about West Virginia Wesleyan College, contact the Office of Admission at (304) 473-8510 or 800-722-9933. For more information about Montgomery College, call 301-279-5000 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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