President Ogrodnik (l) of Post University and President De Filippis (r) of Naugatuck Valley Community College, sign three articulation agreements enabling NVCC students to complete a baccalaureate degree in two years at Post University after earning an associate degree.

   Naugatuck Valley Community College and Post University have signed three articulation agreements that will enable NVCC graduates in human services, criminal justice and drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling (DARC) to transfer all 60 credits earned in their associate degree to corresponding baccalaureate programs at Post University beginning this fall.

   Staff, faculty and program advisors gathered from the two colleges to commemorate the event on Thursday, June 23, in the NVCC President’s Office.

   “Education is about becoming an asset to your community,” said Ronald W. Ogrodnik, Ph.D., president of Post University. “It’s about learning to problem solve, become a leader and make good decisions – things that are critical to our country at this moment.”

   An articulation agreement is an officially approved agreement that matches coursework between schools, helping students make a smooth transition from a two-year to a four-year institution.  Some agreements, like those signed today, state that four-year schools will accept an entire degree without question.  Other agreements outline specific courses to take at NVCC as students plan for transfer. 

   “There are three major institutions of higher education in Waterbury,” said Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph. D., president of Naugatuck Valley Community College. “To have all three coming together and supporting each other ensures that we are putting the needs of our students first. They should have options for their education.”