LAKEWOOD, WA — Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Denise Yochum and DeVry University President David Stewart inked an agreement Thursday, joining the two colleges in a partnership that now gives business students a head start in earning their bachelor’s degrees.
The articulation agreement between Pierce and DeVry allows students to earn their two-year associate’s degree in business management at Pierce and move directly to its partner program at DeVry with junior status. This allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree in three and a half years instead of the traditional four.
“This partnership gives our students yet another pathway to achieving their goals and realizing their possibilities,” said Yochum. “It is the result of really listening to what students need to succeed, and finding ways to help them reach those goals.”
Added Stewart, “For someone who wants to move through their education with a career at the end, we now have a straight path to offer them. For a lot of people, that makes all the difference.”
The partnership was led by Dr. Paul Gerhardt, coordinator of Pierce’s Business Management and Marketing program, who saw the agreement as a way to help his students build upon their success at Pierce and set new goals.
“This is another opportunity, another door, that is now open to Pierce students,” he said.
For more information on the partnership or on Pierce’s business programs, call Dr. Gerhardt at (253) 964-6429 or visit the Pierce College Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/business.