Wor-Wic Community College and UMUC Sign Alliance Agreement

UMUC now has alliance partnerships with every community college in Maryland.

By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   October 17, 2008

Dr. Murray K. Hoy, Wor-Wic Community College president and Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, UMUC president, during the agreement signing.ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 21, 2008) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today announced an alliance partnership that offers Wor-Wic Community College (WWCC) graduates access to bachelor’s degrees. Beginning this spring, the community college will offer dual admission into several UMUC programs including business administration, accounting, fire science, history, criminal justice and environmental management. With the recent addition of Wor-Wic Community College, UMUC now has alliance partnerships with all 16 community colleges in Maryland.

“This alliance with Wor-Wic Community College is part of a continuing effort by UMUC to increase accessibility to education through the state’s community college campuses and online programs,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of University of Maryland University College. “We are dedicated to helping provide both accessible and affordable four-year degrees to students in Maryland—no matter where they are located.”

This alliance partnership is designed to allow graduates from Wor-Wic Community College to make a seamless transition into a four-year degree program at UMUC while receiving full credit for the coursework they completed as part of their two-year degree. As a result, students save both time and money.

The alliance will also offer students access to UMUC’s extensive benefits and services, including access to University System of Maryland libraries, tutoring, writing assistance, career counseling and computer labs. In addition to the seamless transition from associate’s to bachelor’s degree programs, students who choose to continue their studies at UMUC also have access to scholarship opportunities through the UMUC Maryland Community College Transfer Scholarship program. UMUC signed its first alliance agreement in 1996, and today more than 40 percent of the university’s enrollment consists of transfer students from community colleges.

“This partnership with UMUC offers our students easy access to greater educational opportunities,” said Dr. Murray K. Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community college. “The dual admission program and online offerings will provide our students with convenient alternatives to complete a bachelor’s degree.”

UMUC is the second-largest public university in the United States and one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. In addition to the convenience of online study, students have the opportunity to attend class or meet with an adviser face-to-face at more than 20 locations in Maryland, Virginia,and the District of Columbia.