Stockton, Atlantic Cape Sign 3+1 Pathway Partnership
Mays Landing, N.J. — Atlantic Cape Community College students will have a new pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree at Stockton University that may save time and money.
President Joe Bertolino and Atlantic Cape President Barbara Gaba signed a 3+1 pathway partnership agreement between the two institutions Oct. 2.
Through this program, students are empowered to plan their full educational experience in a cost-effective way that will begin at Atlantic Cape and culminate in a baccalaureate degree from Stockton University. Students will complete their associate degree and their junior year of Stockton on Atlantic Cape’s campus at the community college tuition rate. The student’s senior year would be completed at Stockton and at the four-year university’s tuition rate.
“This continues to strengthen the relationship between Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College by expanding the opportunities for students to seamlessly pursue an associate degree and bachelor’s degree at our two institutions,” Bertolino said.
“Being able to transfer 90 credits from Atlantic Cape to a corresponding Stockton degree and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is an amazing opportunity that benefits the students of the region. It is a versatile degree and our graduates have been successful in securing employment in virtually any industry, including state and local government, hospitality, health sciences and education,” he said.
“We have a long history of partnering with Stockton University, our fellow anchor institution, and we are very proud to continue this partnership to bring this new program to Atlantic Cape and Stockton, as it offers students the pportunity to earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable rate and with a seamless transition, providing a life-changing college education that they can use to enhance their career opportunities,” Gaba said.
Current Stockton student and Atlantic Cape alumnus Kevin Barksdale, a 12-year military veteran who earned degrees in General Studies and Computer Systems Support from Atlantic Cape in 2020, spoke to the benefits about his seamless transition from the community college to Stockton.
“My positive experience at Atlantic Cape was from the willingness of my teachers to help and to the tutors helping me when I needed it. Plus, I was determined to get the job done,” Barksdale said. “I chose Stockton because, just like Atlantic Cape, they are military-friendly and it is close to home. My college recruiter informed me that as a veteran I would be automatically accepted into Stockton. It was not difficult, I filled out the information on a laptop and I was a member of Stockton.”
Visit atlanticcape.edu/3plus1Stockton to learn more about the agreement.
Photos courtesy of Atlantic Cape Community College.