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NDNU and Cañada College Announce Human Services Degree Partnership

Students to Use Cañada’s University Center to earn NDNU Degree

Belmont, CA, May 19, 2009—Cañada College in Redwood City and Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont today announced that beginning in fall 2009 Cañada College students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from NDNU  without ever leaving the Cañada campus.

Under the joint program, NDNU will provide faculty to teach Human Services courses to Cañada College students who have completed the requirements for acceptance into the NDNU Human Services program. Cañada College will provide the classrooms and other facilities in their new state-of-the-art University Center. The joint program was established to provide a seamless transition for Cañada College students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

“Human Services is one of the fastest growing programs at NDNU because people with human services training are in high demand in a in both corporate and nonprofit organizations,” said Barbara Caulley, JD, Director of the Professional Studies Program at NDNU. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this program to Cañada College students at a location that is convenient and familiar.”

Cañada College President Tom Mohr said establishing a partnership with NDNU is a natural progression for the college’s University Center. The two schools have an existing transfer agreement for students. “We currently have a large number of students transferring to Notre Dame de Namur,” he said. “This partnership will make it more convenient for them to earn a bachelor’s degree and that’s the primary concept behind the University Center. We are very excited to be working with Notre Dame de Namur.”

Positions in the human services fields are varied and diverse, and have expanded in scope due to recent federal and state legislation. Employees in Human Services often work in health organizations, fire safety, law enforcement, health-care facilities, employee relations departments, psychology, social work, and in government or community advocacy programs.