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December 17, 2019

OCC, NJIT Sign Agreement for Connected Degree Program

NJIT Signing, OCC President Jon Larson and NJIT Provost Fadi Deek

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Ocean County College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology signed an academic programs partnership agreement on Monday, December 16, to enable students to complete their Associate in Applied Sciences, Associate in Science, and Associate in Arts degrees at OCC and then transfer to a variety of four-year programs at NJIT towards achievement of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees.

The agreement allows students to plan their complete baccalaureate experience at the beginning of their college education, offers a seamless transfer to NJIT, minimizes duplicate coursework, and facilitates the recruitment of students into programs offered by both institutions.

OCC’s associate degree programs consist of two-year preparatory curriculums for students who plan on transferring to bachelor degree programs offered by major institutions, such as NJIT. The A.A.S., A.S., and A.A. curriculums at OCC provide undergraduates with a strong foundation in their fields, along with problem-solving experience and communication skills.

The B.S./B.A. degree programs at NJIT prepare graduates to enter various professions in several areas, including Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture and Design, and Management.

Graduates of OCC will complete their B.S./B.A. degree requirements within two and a half years of full-time study at NJIT, assuming successful completion of each of the OCC transfer courses and the courses listed in the NJIT undergraduate degree catalog for the corresponding major of choice.

Each institution will assign appropriate staff to serve as liaisons to assure ongoing communication between the two institutions; and, at least once a year, involved faculty and administrative staff will meet to discuss curriculum and other program details.

“Ocean County College is excited to expand its relationship with NJIT for the benefit of our students,” said OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson. “This agreement enables a seamless transfer to a nationally recognized, top ten ranked polytechnic research institution for OCC graduates who complete required courses.”

“NJIT’s relationship with Ocean County College is among the earliest of partnerships with community colleges in New Jersey. Renewing and strengthening this agreement reaffirms our intent to further expand our collaborations for the benefit of students and citizens of Ocean County,” NJIT Provost Dr. Fadi Deek explained. “This aligns perfectly with our mutual commitment to increase student opportunities for quality and affordable pathways to STEM education and career success.”


For more than 50 years, Ocean County College has provided area residents with the opportunity to benefit from higher education. A public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County, the State of New Jersey, and the students of Ocean County College, OCC is located on 275 picturesque acres in the beautiful county seat of Toms River, NJ. A comprehensive, open admissions institution, Ocean County College is committed to providing high quality, postsecondary associate degree and certificate programs, and other learning opportunities, on its Main Campus in Toms River, at the College’s Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, and at other off-campus sites located throughout Ocean County. For more information about Ocean County College, call 732-255-0400 or visit


One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an “R1” research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $170 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is ranked 53rd out of more than 4,000 colleges and universities for the mid-career earnings of graduates, according to NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 national universities.


PHOTOS: Ocean County College President Dr. Jon H. Larson (left) and New Jersey Institute of Technology Provost Dr. Fadi Deek at the partnership agreement signing, at OCC, on Monday, December 16.

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