Agreement Offers Smooth Landing for Aviation Students
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 04:50 PM EST
PARAMUS, N.J. – After school officials formally certified a transfer agreement between the two institutions Dec. 17, students can now depart from Bergen Community College and arrive at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The agreement allows a transfer of credits from Bergen, the state’s largest community college, to Embry-Riddle, the Daytona Beach, FL institution recognized for its aeronautical degree programs. Embry-Riddle will accept at least 64 credits from Bergen.
“It’s quite an academic achievement for us to be entering into an agreement of such depth with a college of such renown as Embry-Riddle,” Dr. William Mullaney, Bergen’s vice president for academic affairs said.
Under the terms of the agreement, students earning an associate of science in professional studies (aviation administration option) or natural sciences (aircraft operations option) from Bergen will transfer into Embry-Riddle’s bachelor of science in aviation business administration (air transportation major) program. After transferring to Embry-Riddle, students will need to complete 54 credits in order to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Bergen’s aviation courses launched in 2012, buoyed by the opening of the College’s Emil Buehler Trust Aviation Center, which includes airplane and helicopter simulators. Grants totaling $2 million from the Emil Buehler Trust funded the creation of the center and the program. Courses include introduction to aeronautics and aviation safety.
The latest agreement caps a busy fall for Bergen officials, who inked the “BCC-FDU Scholars Program” in October. That agreement remains unique in that FDU will offer participating students a 40 percent tuition reduction and also featured the creation and management of a dedicated FDU office at Bergen’s main campus in Paramus.
Bergen maintains more than 40 articulation agreements with four-year schools.
Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.