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NDNU and Mission College in Partnership

Belmont, CA, October 27, 2008 — Students at Mission Community College in Santa Clara will be able to receive a four-year Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from Notre Dame de Namur University,  without ever leaving their South Bay campus, the two schools announced.

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

“We look forward to this new partnership with Mission College,” said Barbara Caulley, JD, Director of the Professional Studies Program at NDNU. “Human Services is one of the fastest growing programs at NDNU because individuals with human services training are in high demand in a variety of organizations in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds.”

Mission College’s President, Dr. Harriett Robles adds, “This is an exciting partnership that benefits our students and creates a seamless transition from the Community College to University experience.”

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.

Mission College is part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District. Its sister college, West Valley, is based in Saratoga, California, and together the two colleges enroll approximately 21,000 students each semester for basic skills, job enhancement, career and university transfer education.