WILLIAMSVILLE—Earlier today, Erie Community College and St. John Fisher College announced a 2+2 partnership agreement. ECC President, Jack Quinn, and St. John Fisher College President, Dr. Donald Bain, formally signed the agreement. This is the fourth 2+2 agreement Fisher has announced in the last year.
The program will require students enrolled at ECC to complete two years of prescribed coursework for an associate’s degree, and then continue their coursework at Fisher, where they can earn a bachelor’s degree from most programs in just two years. Other benefits of the program include specialized student advisement and registration opportunities. Students who enroll in the program receive guaranteed acceptance to Fisher as long as all academic requirements are fulfilled.
“Academic alliances designed to benefit transfer students are very important to us as an institution, and we are pleased to add Erie Community College to our list of partners,” said Bain. “We hope to provide these students with a seamless transition in their educational journey, from an associate’s degree to a baccalaureate degree, as well as a rich academic and personal experience once they arrive on the Fisher campus.”
With the addition of ECC, Fisher now has 2+2 agreements with a total of seven schools, including Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, and Onondaga Community College. By teaming up with Fisher, ECC adds another reputable institution to their ever-growing list of transfer partners. According to ECC President Jack Quinn, having transferable credits through these partnerships are not only beneficial for the involved colleges, but essential for today’s tuition-conscious students and their families.
“Every year, students attempt unsuccessful transitions from high school to college, and their families lose thousands of tuition dollars in the process,” said Quinn. “Here at ECC, we can guide these students through affordable college courses while they decide on a viable program path. And, once they’re ready, they can take their accumulated credits on a four-year path at a top-tier institution like St. John Fisher College. This eventually graduates more prepared students into the western New York workforce.”
For more information about Erie Community College, visit www.ecc.edu. For more information about St. John Fisher College, visit www.sjfc.edu.
About St. John Fisher College
St. John Fisher College is a coeducational liberal arts college located in Pittsford, N.Y. The campus is situated on 154 park-like acres—a beautiful setting for 25 modern buildings and a warm, friendly campus community of 2,700 full-time undergraduates, 200 part-time undergraduates, and nearly 1,000 graduate students.
Founded in 1948 by the Congregation of St. Basil as a Catholic College for men, St. John Fisher College became independent in 1968 and coeducational in 1971. As it moves into the twenty-first century, the College remains true to its Catholic and Basilian heritage. The College now offers 32 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs. Fisher also offers nine master’s and three doctoral programs.
About Erie Community College
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.