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March 3, 2020

OCC, NJCU Sign Agreement For Connected Degree Program

NJCU Signing Ceremony, Presidents of OCC and NJCU at signing

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Ocean County College and New Jersey City University signed an academic programs partnership agreement on Monday, March 2, that will seamlessly connect students pursuing associate degrees at OCC to a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at NJCU.

The agreement enables students to earn their AS or AA degree at OCC and then transfer up to 90 credits to a variety of undergraduate or graduate programs at NJCU towards completion of its BS/BA or MS/MA degrees.

OCC has long offered students a comprehensive, effective, and affordable educational experience for those just out of high school, those who have decided to return to the classroom as older adults, or those who are somewhere in between.

“Our great hope,” said OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson, “is that we provide an environment of and for academic innovation and that our scholars are well-prepared to transfer to a four-year school, if they so choose, and to secure meaningful career opportunities following their formal education track.”

After two years at OCC, students could begin studies at NJCU, which prepares its graduates to enter professions in a number of areas – from Management and Marketing to Data Science Analytics and Information Technology – or to, first, pursue graduate studies.

NJCU President Sue Henderson noted, “Our partnership with OCC advances the University’s commitment to create transformational impact for students through targeted degree programs. We are thrilled to provide opportunities to optimize the skills and education that students receive so that they are equipped with the tools they need to navigate today’s job market.

“Our faculty are experts in their disciplines and leaders in industry, and take an individualized approach to teaching, which makes our educational programs particularly well aligned with OCC’s student-driven mission,” she added.

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 publicly supported, 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

NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state of New Jersey, hosting 47 undergraduate degree programs and more than 30 graduate programs. NJCU competes in intercollegiate athletics within the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and is a member of the NCAA Division III. NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships. NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Brookdale in Wall Township in Monmouth County.

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