Tech Inks Partnership With N.M. Junior College
With an official agreement signed in December 2010, students in Socorro will have access to the Junior College’s introductory courses in accounting. Students in the
Tech Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Peter Gerity said the new partnership accomplishes several goals. In addition to expanded academic offerings for students at both schools, the arrangement also allows Tech to conserve resources and to recruit new transfer students.
“We want to give students a jump start so they have an edge when they finish at
Dr. Peter Anselmo, chair of the Management Department at Tech, said Tech has not offered Intermediate Accounting at the undergrad level, but will start to do so through the Junior College.
“The Junior College has many instructors. They have a large group of practicing CPAs who teach classes,” Gerity said. “This will be a good thing.”
Professors at New Mexico Tech will continue to teach higher levels of accounting – and those classes will be made available via distance education to students in
“Offering these opportunities through the Distance Education division is the most efficient and effective way to expand our offerings without incurring additional costs to the university or to the state,” New Mexico Tech President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez said.
Gerity expects the Master’s of Science for Teachers program to see new students enroll from the
“In their region, there’s a huge demand for upgrading teacher credentials in math and science,” Gerity said. “With this MOU, teachers can access M.S.T. classes via the
Lopez said that the expansion of the Master’s of Science for Teachers program is part of the university’s larger mission.
“Upgrading the skills of math and science teachers at public schools is critically important to the future success of our students in these technical areas,” he said. “This agreement is a very good step toward launching an effort to upgrading those skills in southeast
The initiative started at the top; Lopez and N.M.J.C. President Dr. Steve McCleery first discussed the concept during the summer of 2010.
“Within one semester, we got it done,” Gerity said. “Now, we want to facilitate further articulation efforts and increase the student opportunities.”
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