ATLANTIC CITY — Students who enroll at Atlantic Cape Community College will have a clear pathway to a four-year degree from Stockton University with a new partnership between the two post-secondary institutions.

Stockton always has accepted transfer students from Atlantic Cape, but the partnership will make the transition easier to transfer credits, waive fees and offer scholarship opportunities.

This fall, nearly 900 students entered Stockton as transfer students. Of them, 20 percent came from Atlantic Cape.

Outside of Atlantic Cape’s Charles D. Worthington campus Friday, Stockton President Harvey Kesselman joined Atlantic Cape President Barbara Gaba to announce the Stockton University at Atlantic Cape program.

“We want to provide every student who wants it the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree,” Kesselman said. “This agreement will make it easier and more affordable for local students to continue their education, especially as we open our new Atlantic City campus in the fall of 2018.”

The program enhances existing agreements between the two-year and four-year schools, college officials said.

It will provide “a cost-effective means for them to get their degree and prepare for the workforce,” Gaba said.

Students who join the program and earn their associate degree at Atlantic Cape may enter Stockton as fully matriculated juniors with any application fees to Stockton waived.

Those students who apply to Stockton but are not admitted may attend Atlantic Cape for their associate degree and then transfer.

The agreement includes a “reverse transfer” program, in which students who transfer to Stockton from Atlantic Cape before completing their associate degree may apply credits earned at Stockton toward an associate from Atlantic Cape.

Five $2,000 scholarships will be available to the top-performing students in the program each year.

Stockton at Atlantic Cape students will be eligible for housing at Stockton, too.

Signing the agreement in Atlantic City was important for both institutions, especially as Stockton is preparing to open up its new city campus, with 533 beds, next year.

“We both have deep roots in Atlantic City,” Gaba said.

Kesselman called Friday a “historic day.”

“This was a labor of love from the very beginning,” he said of the agreement. “We believe in the city.”

Kesselman said the agreement was a good opportunity for students to gain an affordable education. He said while the two colleges have had agreements in the past, none has been like this.

More information about the program is at atlantic.edu/suac.

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Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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