Business students to benefit from Capitol College, College of Southern Maryland partnership

Capitol College will host an articulation agreement signing ceremony with the College of Southern Maryland on January 12 at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the William G. McGowan Center. The ceremony is being held to celebrate the articulation of the College of Southern Maryland’s associate degree in management development to the Capitol College bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Executives and faculty from both colleges, including Capitol President Dr. Michael Wood and CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried, will be present to pen the agreement that will allow students to easily transfer up to 70 credit hours earned at CSM for the A.A.S. degree toward a higher degree in business administration at Capitol.

“By developing formal articulation agreements, we are proactively engaging our community college neighbors with opportunities to keep their educational progress going,” Dr. Wood said. “This particular partnership focuses on providing the next generation of business leaders with a practical, accessible and affordable education. Capitol can provide transfer students from CSM business courses that relate to their specific interests, whether it is computer science or information assurance.”

As an added bonus, CSM students may begin taking courses in the business administration program while still completing their A.A.S. Upon admission to Capitol College, these students are eligible for scholarships that could provide up to 50 percent of tuition costs.

“These new articulation agreements continue to enhance our very positive working relationship with Capitol College,” said Dr. Gottfried. “Such agreements help to smooth the transition of our students to Capitol College, and our hope is that these agreements encourage even more of our students to matriculate at Capitol College.”

The agreement is an ongoing initiative between the two colleges that establishes a mutual understanding and a clear set of expectations for students, each institution and the respective degree programs.

“Capitol strives to be responsive to the needs of our constituents and forming partnerships such as this one is a major part of what sets Capitol apart from other colleges,” said W. Vic Maconachy, Capitol’s vice president for academic affairs and CAO. “This articulation represents a great step forward in expanding our programs of study to that region of Maryland.”

The strategic location of both CSM and Capitol College near Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. ensures that transfer students affected by the agreement, and consequently Capitol’s business administration graduates, have excellent opportunities to be employed as professionals at some of the most prestigious organizations, government agencies and corporations in the country.

Capitol College and CSM encourage anyone who wishes to celebrate the agreement to attend the ceremony. Directions to Capitol and maps of campus are available on the Capitol College website. Refreshments will be available.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol and is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.

A regionally-accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community, the College of Southern Maryland is a silver level recipient of the 2008 Maryland Performance Excellence Award. CSM, founded in 1958, is the fifth largest community college in Maryland with campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and more than 22,000 annual enrollments. For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, ext. 7765.

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