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National University partners with San Mateo County Community College District to offer Bachelor's in Allied Health to District students

January 27, 2012

  • Partnership will ease transition from an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree for many local students
  • National University will offer a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health to District students through the Center for International and University Studies at Cañada College in Redwood City
  • Agreement also includes access to scholarship programs and discounted tuition

San Mateo, Calif. – National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California, and the San Mateo Community College District (District) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will ease the transition from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree at National University for many local students, both institutions announced today. As a result of the agreement, National University will offer a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health degree program to District students through the Center for International and University Studies at Cañada College in Redwood City, California.

The agreement will make it easier for District students to pursue a bachelor’s degree, to enroll in courses at National University concurrently with their enrollment at Cañada College or one of the other District colleges, or to transfer to the bachelor’s degree program following completion of a certificate or associate’s degree program.

“Since its foundation in 1971, National University has been dedicated to making educational opportunities available to lifelong learners,” said Patricia Potter, Interim President of National University. “As California’s second-largest private nonprofit institution of higher education, this agreement with the San Mateo Community College District and Cañada College is a logical and natural partnership that will allow each of the institutions to better serve their students.”

“I am so excited about our partnership with National University because of the excellent opportunity it offers our students to extend their educational pursuits beyond community college while enabling them to continue their academics right here at Cañada College and in their home community where they live and work,” said James Keller, Interim President at Cañada College.

The agreement between the two schools includes numerous benefits for students, including an extension of the National University Transfer to Triumph scholarship program, established under the Memorandum of Understanding between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and National University, and National University’s Promising Scholar scholarship to transfer students from Cañada College. District students and alumni will be eligible to receive a ten percent (10%) discount on the cost of tuition for all National University courses taken onsite at Cañada College, which is located at 4200 Farm Hill Road in Redwood City.

This new degree program is one of several bachelor’s degree and professional certification programs offered to District students through the Center for International and University Studies (CIUS) at Cañada College. CIUS brings these programs to the Cañada College campus so that District students and alumni can complete their higher education goals in their local community. CIUS is also home to Cañada College’s international education programs. For more information about CIUS, contact Lucy Salcido Carter at (650) 306-3435 or visit http://canadacollege.net/university/index.html.

For more information about National University, visit www.nu.edu. For more information about the San Mateo Community College District, contact Robert Hood at (650) 306-3340 or visit http://canadacollege.net/.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 22,000 full-time students and 129,000 alumni. The flagship institution of the National University System, National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the United States. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

About The San Mateo Community College District
The San Mateo County Community College District is composed of Cañada College in Redwood City, the College of San Mateo in San Mateo and Skyline College in San Bruno. Approximately 40,000 people throughout San Mateo County attend one of the three Colleges. The academic and vocational programs offered by the Colleges are designed to meet the educational needs of the community. Anyone who is a high school graduate or 18 years of age or older can select from thousands of courses offered at convenient times on the campuses and at a number of off-campus locations. The colleges offer quality transfer programs, more than 80 vocational and certificate programs, training for working professionals, and developmental education. To learn more, visit http://www.smccd.edu/.

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