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HCC, Shepherd sign collaborative agreement

October 14, 2005

The presidents of Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University have signed an agreement to further enhance the opportunities for students who attend both institutions.

"HCC graduates have been successfully transferring to Shepherd for over 50 years. This agreement further solidifies an excellent option for HCC students to continue their collegiate studies," HCC President Guy Altieri said.

"I'm very pleased that Shepherd University is so receptive to admitting HCC graduates and providing them with a tuition wavier program that makes it more feasible for them to pursue affordable and high quality baccalaureate degrees."

The specific objectives of the agreement are to better inform students of the options related to attending both schools, enhance admissions and transfer processes, consider joint programs and services to benefit students, develop mutually beneficial employee development initiatives, and create shared leadership initiatives to better serve the economic and community development needs of the combined service area.

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"HCC and Shepherd have a long history of collaboration and cooperation, and I am happy to strengthen it through this agreement," Shepherd University President David Dunlop said.

"HCC students who transfer to Shepherd tend to do very well, which is one reason we want to provide a tuition waiver program that is unique to HCC students."

The agreement will seek to improve curriculum articulation, create dual admissions for various programs and enhance the offering of tuition waivers for HCC students who transfer to Shepherd University.

It is estimated that more than 1,000 people hold degrees from both institutions.

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