RNJ News Department

WCCC and Ramapo College to Partner

WASHINGTON TWP.  (Warren County) – In an effort to provide Warren County Community College students with a smooth transition to a 4-year college, WCCC recently signed a partnership agreement with Ramapo College of New Jersey that will offer residents a streamlined opportunity to continue their educational pursuits.

Ramapo offers numerous bachelor and master programs, with some of their classes online and easily accessible for students whether or not they are on the Mahwah campus. Ramapo has similar partnerships with other community colleges, including Sussex County Community College.

“In many ways we are two very similar colleges,” pointed out Dr. Will Austin, President of WCCC. “We are both relatively small in size, and have similar mission statements.”

 Indeed, both colleges have high graduation rates, similar atmospheres and generally small class sizes.

“We’re thrilled to work with Warren County Community College to deliver an integrated and streamlined experience,” said Christopher Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Ramapo College. “The ultimate goal of this partnership is to increase student success. Everybody benefits when we do that.”

“This pathway is designed so that students can finish their final two years in a timely fashion,” added Dr. Peter P. Mercer, President of Ramapo. “Students earn their associates degree at WCCC and then Ramapo supports them in the ultimate goal of completing their bachelor’s degree.”

One of the programs that both colleges are particularly excited about working together on is nursing. WCCC features one of the best nursing programs in the state. But more and more nurses are being required to obtain a BSN degree in order to get better jobs in many health-related fields. Ramapo offers one of the strongest and most recognized nursing degrees in the State and specifically in this partnership will provide an accelerated RN to BSN degree program, with a majority of those classes available online for WCCC students.

Ramapo and WCCC have had a partnership for years for Creative Writing majors.

 Ramapo has more than 30 majors in all, and besides nursing, is renowned for its Business School (AACSB accredited) and its designation as the state’s Public Liberal Arts College with majors including humanities, history and political science.

 For more information about this partnership, visit www.warren.edu or call the admissions at 908-835-9222.