College of Education Works Alongside Local Community Colleges to Prepare Students for Bachelor's Degree
KINGSVILLE - June 22, 2009
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The College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville looks ahead to the future, with the signing of three Joint Enrollment Agreements (JEAs) with area community colleges.
The agreements set up partnerships between A&M-Kingsville and Texas State Technical College in Harlingen; South Texas College in McAllen; and Coastal Bend College, with locations in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton. Those partnerships focus on education majors taking all the necessary coursework at the community college level, and making sure that coursework transfers in full on enrolling at Texas A&M-Kingsville to pursue an education-based bachelor’s degree.
“It enables us to monitor and communicate with community college students, giving us access to their academic record,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartlett, dean of the College of Education at A&M-Kingsville. “The College of Education can nurture the student, and help them make a seamless transition to Texas A&M-Kingsville to earn their bachelor’s degree.
“The student and the university will know with certainty that they have taken the required classes, will lose no time in going from one school to another, and lose no credit in the transition.”
Dr. Mike Desiderio, associate professor and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction at A&M-Kingsville, coordinated the JEAs along with Noemi Aguilar, chair of Early Development and Education at Coastal Bend College; Dr. Tony Desjardins, chair of the Teacher Assistant Program at Texas State Techincal College; and Dr. Art Montiel, chair of education department at South Texas College.
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