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River Valley Community College and Granite State College Sign Transfer Agreement


Sheila Taylor-King (seated left), Dean of Academic Affairs at Granite State College, and Andrea Gordon (seated right) Vice President of Academic Affairs at River Valley Community College, sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the transfer of students from River Valley to Granite State College. Also attending were (standing from left): RVCC President Steven Budd, Lisa Hayward-Wyzik, RVCC Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Cathy Driesch, GSC Program Director for Health Care Management, and Pat Coogan, GSC Program Director for Business.

Claremont, NH - River Valley Community College and Granite State College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs at River Valley with pathways to the following Bachelor of Science degrees at Granite State College: Health Care Management, Applied Studies Management Option, Applied Studies Education and Training Option and Business Management. 

The MOU offers participating students full transfer of all courses in a designated transfer program, junior status in the appropriately aligned bachelor’s degree and ongoing joint academic and career advising from staff at both River Valley and Granite State.

“Granite State College would love to be the college of choice for students at River Valley who want to continue their education beyond the associate degree. This agreement provides a clear pathway into a bachelor’s program,” said Sheila Taylor-King, Dean of Academic Affairs at Granite State.

Beginning in the summer term 2011, students accepted into an associate degree program at River Valley will have the option of dual admission at Granite State. Each institution will assist student with advising and financial counseling.
“River Valley offers a diversity of programs, some of which are the only ones available in the state of New Hampshire. Although most students are from Sullivan, Cheshire and Grafton counties, some travel from across the state to enroll in these programs, and the relationship with Granite State College will provide all students with avenues to continue their education within their region. RVCC is fortunate to have Granite State nearby and willing to work so closely with us and our students to provide these educational opportunities. We look forward to creating more pathways for other RVCC programs,” said Andrea Gordon, Vice President of Academic Affairs at River Valley. 

Dr. Steven Budd, President of River Valley Community College, noted, “The MOU provides our students with the ability to earn a bachelor’s degree in Claremont. This is important not only to the student, but to the community. The more opportunities we provide for continuing education, the more value we add to our programs. “

River Valley Community College is a fully accredited, two-year college which provides comprehensive programs of higher education. The main campus is in Claremont with an academic center located in Keene. River Valley is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Granite State College is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions and serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students throughout New Hampshire from nine locations: Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Rochester, Claremont, Lebanon, Berlin, Conway and Littleton.