Mission, Menlo Colleges Announce Degree Alliance

Mission College of Santa Clara and Menlo College of Atherton have announced a joint program that will allow the two-year graduates of Mission earn a four-year degree in business management beginning in the fall semester of 2008.

Under terms of the agreement, which was approved by the Mission College Board of Trustees last week, Mission graduates will take classes offered by Menlo College instructors at the Santa Clara site.

The program will be offered by the Professional Studies Program at Menlo, a degree-completion program for working adults with five years of work experience and at least 40 units of lower division courses. The program, offered in the evenings, allows students to earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in business management in 20 � 24 months.

Penny Johnson, Vice President of Student Services at Mission College, said the college has been seeking additional opportunities for students to complete their college education. “This is a win-win,” she said. “As a community college, we can only offer associate degrees and certificates and the majority of our students want to go further with their education. The alliance with Menlo College offers our students an attractive, alternative choice.”

“This is an excellent fit with our program,” concurred Dr. James J. Woolever, dean of the Professional Studies Program at Menlo. “The average age of Mission students is 26 and many take classes after work. By offering our program in Santa Clara, Mission students avoid a commute in rush hour traffic and can continue their studies in a location they are familiar with.”

Mission students will pay the same tuition that students in the Professional Studies Program at Menlo College do. Upper division courses are currently $450 per unit or $1350 per course, according to Woolever. Financial aid counselors from Menlo College will assist Mission College students with grants and loans to finance their education. Additionally, Woolever said, Menlo has a limited number of scholarships available to working adults made possible by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

The Professional Studies Program at Menlo College graduated its first students in 1997. The college has focused on business management education since its founding in 1927.

It currently enrolls almost 600 students in its traditional program and has about 100 students in its program for working adults.