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Shepherd, Frederick Community College sign graphic design transfer agreement

ISSUED: 27 January 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Frederick Community College (FCC) and Shepherd University have finalized an agreement that provides a smooth transition for FCC graphic design students when transferring into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Shepherd. The articulation agreement, which was signed January 17 at Shepherd by officials from both institutions, allows FCC associate degree graduates to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or better and grants them junior status at Shepherd if they transfer 60 credits.

“At FCC, we prioritize creating as many academic and career opportunities for our students as possible,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Shepherd University is a strong and innovative institution and we are thrilled to partner with them to provide this new pathway for our graphic design students.”

The agreement was signed by Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, continuing education, and workforce development, and Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost.

“These agreements are so important as we help students take the next step in their career pathways and in their academic preparation and helping them achieve their potential both in their occupations and personally,” Beard said. “This is a great way for us to work together to make that happen.”

“Articulation agreements are critical in ensuring our students who wish to transfer after their time at FCC have valuable and varied options to continue their education while getting credit for all the hard work they have already completed,” Hawkins said. “We thank the many individuals at both FCC and Shepherd who have made this agreement possible so that our graphic design students can continue to succeed.”

Located in Frederick, Maryland., FCC offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs through flexible learning formats that include day, evening, weekend, online and hybrid options. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made FCC the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957. With teaching and learning as our primary focus, FCC prepares a diverse student body to complete their goals of workforce preparation and credentialing, transfer, career development, and personal enrichment with quality, innovative lifelong learning.

Established in 1871, Shepherd is a public liberal arts college offering more than 90 programs of study to the residents of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The university fields 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a strong emphasis on student community service. Shepherd is a military friendly campus and is a proud partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. Shepherd is also the home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Center for Regional Innovation, Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

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