Michigan’s Community Colleges announce new agreements during National Transfer Student Week

LANSING—To kick off National Transfer Student Week, the Michigan Community College Association today announced new transfer agreements that will make it easier for community college students to seamlessly transfer to four-year institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees. MCCA has entered into agreements in the areas of general applied science, applied business, healthcare and information technology.

Twenty-five of Michigan’s community colleges have signed the new transfer agreements with 10 four-year colleges and universities across Michigan. Collectively, the agreements include 529 associate degree programs offered by community colleges and 44 bachelor’s degrees at four-year institutions. Examples of associate degrees included in the MiWorkforce Transfer Pathways are Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Hospitality Management, Cardiac Sonography, and Cybersecurity.

National Transfer Student Week focuses on eliminating common transfer barriers and recognizing the diverse student needs and identities within transfer populations. The MiWorkforce Transfer Pathways initiative is helping break down barriers by creating additional options for current community college students as well as associate degree holders that are already in the workforce to continue their education.

“Employers increasingly see the need for their associate degree-trained employees to return to college for a bachelor’s degree,” said Erica Lee Orians, executive director of the Michigan Center for Student Success at the Michigan Community College Association. “These agreements provide a simplified pathway with multiple university partners across the state to ensure that students can earn a bachelor’s degree.”

Participating four-year institutions will accept the full associate degrees, meaning there will not be a course-by-course evaluation for transferability. Additionally, these four-year institutions will accept credit for prior learning that was previously applied to the associate degree, which is a benefit for students with life experience in their field. The Michigan Center for Student Success is working to add participating colleges in the coming months.

The MiWorkforce Transfer Pathways initiative is generously funded by Ascendium Education Group, a national nonprofit organization that is working to make education and training beyond high school a reality for more people.

To learn more about the MiWorkforce Transfer Pathways, visit https://www.mcca.org/Strengthening-MiWorkforce-Pathways

The Michigan Center for Student Success, founded in 2011, serves as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve equitable student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy. The Center has led statewide initiatives focused on reengaging adults, developmental education, transfer, veterans, and advising. The Center is part of the 17-state Student Success Center Network working with over half of the community colleges across the nation.

The Michigan Community College Association is the unified voice for Michigan’s community colleges, empowering members to lead in the areas of student success, talent development, and community vitality. MCCA exists to strengthen public awareness and recognition of the role of community colleges, and support members in delivering education and training that is responsive to changing labor-market needs. It is focused on fostering collaboration, connection, and partnerships among community colleges and stakeholders. Learn more at www.mcca.org.

Ascendium Education Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping people reach the education and career goals that matter to them. Ascendium invests in initiatives designed to increase the number of students from low-income backgrounds who complete postsecondary degrees, certificates and workforce training programs, with an emphasis on first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. Ascendium’s work identifies, validates and expands best practices to promote large-scale change at the institutional, system and state levels, with the intention of elevating opportunity for all. For more information, visit

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