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New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, N.J., have signed a joint admission agreement designed to improve student access across the two higher education institutions. The agreement will enable OCC students who are completing an associate degree to seamlessly continue their studies at NJIT toward a bachelor’s degree.

Plans are also underway for NJIT to offer upper-level engineering courses at OCC in the near future.

“It is important for us to create pathways to success and eliminate as many barriers as possible for community college transfer students,” noted NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “With this collaboration, we are expanding access and creating exciting professional opportunities for academically successful students enrolled at Ocean County College while introducing them to NJIT’s outstanding undergraduate programs. As New Jersey's public polytechnic university, it is incumbent upon NJIT to articulate well with the STEM programs at our state's community colleges.”

Under the terms of the agreement, students need to express an interest in pursuing an NJIT bachelor’s degree during their first academic year at OCC. Upon completion of their associate degree at OCC, students who meet the NJIT admissions requirements will be admitted to NJIT to pursue their bachelor’s degree.  The two institutions will be jointly monitoring the progress of students in this program.

“Ocean County College is delighted to have entered into a joint agreement with New Jersey Institute of Technology to offer engineering and technology classes on the OCC campus.  The agreement will enhance student access to outstanding NJIT STEM courses by offering them on our campus, and it will also allow students to transfer seamlessly to NJIT upon completion of the associate degree at OCC,” stated OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson.

About Ocean County College

For 50 years, Ocean County College has provided area residents with the opportunity to benefit from higher education.  A public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County, the State of New Jersey, and the students of Ocean County College, the College is located on 275 picturesque acres in the beautiful county seat of Toms River, N.J.  A publicly supported, comprehensive, open admissions institution, Ocean County College is committed to providing high quality, postsecondary associate degree and certificate programs, and other learning opportunities on its Main Campus in Toms River, at the College’s Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, and at off-campus sites located throughout Ocean County.  For more information about Ocean County College, call 732-255-0400 or visit www.ocean.edu.

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.