RMU, CCBC SIGN 13 TRANSFER AGREEMENTS FOR HIGH-TECH DEGREE PROGRAMS

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Pittsburgh, May 22, 2017 – Robert Morris University (RMU) and Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) are expanding their longstanding partnership to provide greater opportunities for Beaver County residents to earn four-year degrees in technology-related fields.

The two institutions signed additional articulation agreements today for 13 CCBC associate degree programs that will transfer seamlessly to bachelor’s degree programs at RMU. That brings to 47 the total number of articulation agreements between CCBC and Robert Morris. The latest agreements focus on RMU’s cyber security, data analytics, and computer and information systems programs, reflecting the university’s growing prowess in these disciplines.

“Pittsburgh has developed an international reputation as Silicon Valley of the east, with an insatiable demand for highly skilled technology professionals,” said RMU President Chris Howard. “RMU is proud to partner with CCBC to educate the next generation of technology leaders.”

Like all of the university’s academic programs, computing degrees at RMU are steeped in professional experiences for students. RMU sends 30 to 35 cyber security students each year to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, where they learn from top national security experts from the federal government and the private sector.

RMU partners with IBM to offer all computing students 15 credits of courses in mainframe enterprise systems, which continue to power many corporate computer networks. RMU computing students can apply up to 12 credits of internships toward their degrees, and the university’s integrated bachelors/masters program allows students to earn a graduate degree in only one additional year. And RMU is the only university in the Pittsburgh region to offer a bachelor’s degree in data analytics.

“The CCBC and RMU partnership is one that reflects a shared mission to provide seamless pathways for students that lead to a college credential and a successful future,” said CCBC President Chris Reber. “These newly signed agreements will provide expanded opportunities for CCBC students to pursue technology careers and prepare themselves to become the region’s future innovators.”

Through these agreements, students who earn their associate degree at CCBC can transfer their credits to RMU to complete a bachelor’s degree, all within four years. The latest round of articulation agreements cover the following programs:

CCBC Program                                   RMU Program

Business Administration                      Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Business Administration                      Computer Information Systems

Business Administration                      Data Analytics

Business Administration                      Information Sciences

Cyber Security                                   Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Cyber Security                                   Computer Information Systems

Cyber Security                                   Information Sciences

Networking                                        Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Networking                                        Computer Information Systems

Networking                                        Information Sciences

Web Programming                              Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Web Programming                              Computer Information Systems

Web Programming                              Information Sciences

These programs represent the second round of agreements that CCBC and RMU have signed in recent months. In November, the two institutions inked 14 articulation agreements, including an Aviation Leadership program that allows students to graduate with an associate’s degree in aviation studies from CCBC’s nationally recognized School of Aviation Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from RMU. 

For more information about these and other agreements, visit ccbc.edu/TransferServices or rmu.edu/transfer.

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ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Through more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa. enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 39 countries. A nationally ranked, doctoral degree-granting research university, RMU offers fully online courses as well as a traditional residential college experience at its campus on 230 scenic acres 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, and lacrosse.

ABOUT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,800 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. In 2017, the Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges.

PHOTO CAPTION: Regional academic leaders from Robert University and Community College of Beaver County gathered today in Moon Township to sign 13 new transfer agreements that will provide a seamless pathway to high-tech career fields.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Roger Davis, CCBC Executive Vice President and Provost; Larry Tomei, RMU Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Wendy Beckemeyer, RMU Vice President for Enrollment Management; Diane Fatigatti, RMU Transfer Services Analyst; Dr. Chris Reber, CCBC President; Dr. Chris Howard, RMU President; John Turchek, RMU Department Head, Computer and Information Systems, Dr. John Higgs, CCBC Dean,  School of Business, Arts, Sciences, and Technology; AnnMarie LeBlanc, RMU Dean, School of Communication and Information Systems, and David Jamison, RMU Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs