Area residents will now have more higher education options in downtown Trenton, as Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and Wilmington University have signed a new agreement that will offer bachelor’s degrees from Wilmington on MCCC’s James Kerney Campus in Trenton.
“Today, we bring together two institutions of higher learning with very different histories, but dedicated to a common goal: making a college education more accessible,” said Dr. Jianping Wang, president of Mercer County Community College. “Because of Wilmington University’s extensive experience in urban settings, creating this opportunity for the residents of Trenton means more options for individuals eager to improve their lives through education.”
Initially, Wilmington University will offer degree programs in three majors at MCCC: Criminal Justice, Media Design, and a master’s of education degree in School Leadership. Eventually the program will be expanded to include Health Sciences and Software Design.
In addition, Wilmington will offer a bachelor’s degree program in Business Management/Professional Aeronautics on the West Windsor Campus.
“Wilmington University is proud to partner with Mercer County Community College to bring flexible, career-focused four-year degree programs to Mercer County residents,” says Wilmington University President Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon. “This partnership enables us to provide affordable academic opportunities to diverse students who deserve the chance to compete in an increasingly global society and build fulfilling lives for themselves and their families.”
To be considered for admission to the Wilmington program, students must hold an associate degree or have earned more than 45 credits from an accredited community college or four-year institution, and may transfer up to 90 credits. Candidates must meet Wilmington’s admissions criteria. Students enrolled in off-campus programs are Wilmington students, and have access to all university services, such as libraries.
The partnership with Mercer is the second New Jersey community college partnership this year for Wilmington following an agreement with Camden County College (CCC) earlier this month.