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Nichols College and QCC Launch an “A to B” Business Program for Students Seeking a Bachelor’s in Business Administration

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
508.854.2849
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
1/24/2008

WORCESTER COUNTY, Mass.  Nichols College President Debra M. Townsley and Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry announce the establishment of an “Associate’s to Bachelor’s” Business Program (“A to B”), to begin in the fall. The joint business program combines the benefits of a QCC associate’s degree with the advantages of Nichols bachelor’s degree.

QCC students who enroll in the “A to B” Business Program will be jointly admitted to Nichols. After earning an associate’s degree in business at QCC, students will complete a third year of business coursework at QCC, then transfer all 90 credits – equal to three years – to Nichols College and pursue a bachelor of science in business administration degree in their fourth year.  Program flexibility is a significant advantage to the student, as fourth- year coursework taught by Nichols professors can be completed on the QCC campus, on Nichols’ campus in Dudley, or through Nichols’ online program. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher while enrolled in the program.

The “A to B” Business Program is the perfect extension to Quinsigamond’s business program, as business administration is the second largest associate’s degree offered at QCC.  Further, there are significant career benefits associated with being a Nichols graduate. One in ten Nichols alumni is a president, CEO, or business owner, and 96 percent of the class of 2006 was employed within six months of graduation with an average annual salary of $40,000.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.