Moraine Valley and Trinity Christian College strengthen transfer ties

Moraine Valley and Trinity Christian College strengthen transfer ties

Moraine Valley Community College students will now have a seamless path to transfer to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights.
The Trinity-Moraine Admissions Collaboration (T-MAC) Agreement, signed by Trinity’s President Steven Timmermans and Moraine Valley’s President Sylvia M. Jenkins on October 23, offers transfer students a choice of collaborative program options in addition to other benefits, including:

* academic advising prior to transfer
* scholarship award of at least $4,000/year for eligible students
* application for additional need-based financial assistance
* waiving of the Trinity application fee
Collaborative program options have also been developed under the agreement.
One option allows students to earn a professional counseling degree in just five years of starting their degree at Moraine Valley. Students first earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in psychology in three years, then, depending on eligibility and meeting entrance requirements, immediately enter Trinity’s master of art’s degree in counseling psychology program.
The two colleges also revised the transfer agreement that leads to a bachelor’s degree in Trinity’s Adult Studies business program. This ensures that the courses students take at both institutions are coordinated and will lead to degree completion.
An additional collaborative program enables students to complete an associate degree with a psychology major at Moraine Valley and then transfer to Trinity to complete a bachelor’s degree with a major in cognitive and speech development and a minor in speech and communication sciences.
“I’m pleased to have entered into this partnership with Moraine Valley Community College, for it ensures our two institutions make it easy for students who begin their studies at Moraine to understand, each step of the way, what is needed for their ultimate transfer to Trinity,” Dr. Timmermans said. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity to our students. We appreciate the coordinated efforts made between our two institutions to provide another avenue of success for students,” said Dr. Jenkins added. “Moraine Valley is grateful to Dr. Timmermans and his team for listening attentively to our feedback on what community college students are looking for in a transfer school and in articulated agreements. We are very excited about the clear pathway that Dr. Timmermans has agreed on for Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and the generous scholarships our students will receive should they decide to transfer to Trinity,” said Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, vice president of Student Development.
“This agreement serves students and our communities for it outlines specific steps for students in ways that ultimately benefit those people and institutions with whom they will work. It was a pleasure to work with the staff at Moraine Valley in developing the agreement,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rudenga, provost of Trinity Christian.

Caption: Dr. Steven Timmermans, president of Trinity Christian College, and Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley Community College, extend congratulations after signing an agreement that provides a seamless path for Moraine Valley students to earn their four-year degree in two programs with one leading to a master’s degree. The two colleges also revised their transfer agreement that leads to a four-year degree in Trinity Christian’s Adult Studies Bachelor of Science Business degree program. Joining in the celebration from left are David Deitemyer, dean of Academic Services, Moraine Valley; Debby Blatzer, director of Academic Advising Programs and Services, Moraine Valley; Tina Carney-Simon, transfer coordinator, Articulation, Moraine Valley; Kim Fabian, executive director of Marketing and Communications, Trinity Christian; Jaynn Tobias-Johnson, registrar, Trinity Christian; Dr. Elizabeth Rudenga, Provost, Trinity Christian; Joann Wright, dean of Counseling and Advising, Moraine Valley; Dr. Pamela Haney, vice president of Academic Affairs, Moraine Valley; Dr. Margaret Lehner, vice president of Institutional Advancement, Moraine Valley; Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, vice president of Student Development, Moraine Valley; Walter Fronczek, dean of Liberal Arts, Moraine Valley; Robert Sterkowitz, chief financial officer, Moraine Valley; and Chet Shaw, dean of Student Services, Moraine Valley.

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