August 29, 2013
Northampton Community College has become the first community college in the country to enter into an articulation agreement that will ensure that hospitality graduates in good standing can transfer all of their credits towards a bachelor's degree in tourism and hospitality at Temple. This will enable NCC graduates to complete a bachelor's degree at Temple within two years of graduating from NCC.
"The agreement will help Temple court the best and brightest in the hospitality industry," said Temple's Senior Associate Director of Recruitment Michael Usino. "NCC students are well groomed to contribute because they understand how a strong hospitality industry can affect a local economy."
NCC is located in Bethlehem, Pa., a post-industrial city that has been thriving recently due primarily to its rapidly growing hospitality sector. This growth has opened numerous internship opportunities for NCC students in regional hospitality firms such as the Sands Casino. As a result, explained NCC adjunct professor Christine Cleaver, NCC's hospitality program attracts many students from outside the state and even the country.
According to program director David Schweiger, enrollment in Northampton's hospitality programs has grown from 67 students to 130 in the past five years. Students can major in hospitality management, restaurant management, dining room operations, or resort management. This year the College added certificate and degree tracks in meeting and event planning.
"I expect our program will see increasing numbers of students attending Temple," Schweiger said. "This agreement means NCC students' credits match Temple's requirements better than any other schools'."
Denise Francois-Seeney, dean of business and technology at Northampton, worked with Betsy Barber, associate dean at Temple, made the partnership official last spring. At the time, Barber noted that virtually all of the graduates of Temple's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management attain employment within three months of graduation.
"What an exciting venture it is to forge a partnership with Temple," Francois-Seeney said. "I feel very comfortable with our students' future knowing that they are transitioning to a school with strong values and a record of success."
Graduates of NCC's hospitality programs can also benefit from articulation agreements with East Stroudsburg University, New York University, the University of Delaware and Widener University.
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