Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 11:21am

College Connections, JCC’s concurrent enrollment program with regional high schools, has been reaccredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

“In earning this special status, JCC maintains an elite group of colleges which have met the highest standards of rigor on a variety of important characteristics associated with their dual enrollment programs,” stated Marilyn Zagora, JCC’s vice president of academic affairs.

“JCC strives to be among the top performing colleges in every aspect of its academic programming, and NACEP status provides additional evidence that we have accomplished our goal,” Dr. Zagora added.

The reaccreditation caps a two-year program review and application process involving the assessment of three curriculum standards, four faculty standards, three student standards, three assessment standards, and four program evaluation standards.

In announcing the award, Jaclyn Dumond of the University of Southern Indiana, chair of NACEP's accreditation commission noted, “I'm very pleased to recognize College Connections at JCC as one of a select group of 97 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP's extensive peer-review process.

“JCC has demonstrated to its peers that the college courses it offers in high schools are of the same high quality as college courses offered on campus, she added.

College Connections, now in its 19th year, partners with over 40 high schools and BOCES centers within JCC’s service area. The program offers over 70 different college courses in 28 disciplines and currently serves over 2,000 students each year.

“Our goal is to ensure that our on- and off-campus course sections are consistent in both content and rigor, and we strive to ensure that students participating in our program meet the same standards and outcomes as those who take a course on campus,” explained director Amy Haggerty, who oversees College Connections.

“High school instructors who teach in the program meet the same credentialing requirements as on-campus faculty, and students participating in the program meet the same college standards as on-campus students,” added Ms. Haggerty.

NACEP accreditation provides great benefits to students, instructors, and administrators, Ms. Haggerty emphasized. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment programs, NACEP assists programs in adhering to the highest standards so that students experience a seamless transition to college.

In addition, adherence to NACEP standards also provides high school instructors an opportunity for meaningful professional development, a hallmark of NACEP-accredited programs.

“Concurrent enrollment programs like College Connections offer tremendous opportunity to motivated students,” said JCC president Cory L. Duckworth. “This achievement illustrates JCC’s dedication to creating and maintaining enduring partnerships with area high schools which share our commitment to providing the highest caliber education to the students we serve.”

For additional information on College Connections, call Ms. Haggerty at 716.338.1167.

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