University of Albany Joint Admissions Agreement
University at Albany’s Elizabeth Q. Gray, assistant dean for the College of Emergency
Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at UAlbany, left, controls a drone
with the help of MVCC Professor Bill Judycki.
Dual admissions agreement opens pathways to UAlbany
MVCC has cleared the pathway to transforming lives through learning this week with the signing of an articulation agreement that has created a seamless transfer opportunity for many of the College’s students to continue their education at University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC).
Through this dual admissions agreement, qualified MVCC students are afforded the opportunity to earn an associate degree locally and continue their education in CEHC’s new undergraduate program. The majors covered under MVCC’s new Institute of Emergency Preparedness and Public Service are Computer Science (AS), Cybersecurity (AS, certificate), Criminal Justice (AS, AAS), Law Enforcement (AAS, certificate), EMS/Paramedic (AAS), Fire Protection Technology (AAS), small Unmanned Aerial Systems (AAS), and Liberal Arts and Science: General Studies (AS).
“We encourage all our students to continue their education and complete a four-year degree,” said Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs Maryrose Eannace, Ph.D. “This bridge we are building with UAlbany is not only important, but also inspiring for our students who are interested in this high-demand industry. It is exciting to see the program come together.”
The agreement requires degree-seeking students to maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete a number of required courses at MVCC to match CEHC’s curriculum. Those who are selected and qualify will be awarded full transfer credit upon completion of their two-year degree. Students should contact MVCC’s University Partners and Transfer Center to ensure they remain on track for this agreement.
MVCC’s established programs have been tweaked to fit into CEHC’s portfolio.
“MVCC enthusiastically looks forward to working with or new partner (UAlbany) in the area of Emergency Preparedness,” said Dean of the Institute of Emergency Preparedness and Public Service Marianne Buttenschon, Ed.D. “The joint admission agreement and the detailed articulation agreements will provide our students with seamless academic pathways to UAlbany to further prepare them for successful career opportunities.”
In addition, an outdoor UAS demonstration was provided by MVCC Professor Bill Judycki, drone instructor in engineering applied technology. Judycki recently launched MVCC’s degree program in small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is currently being offered on the Utica Campus, one of only three nation- ally approved training sites. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to work as pilots, operators, and/or mission team members of sUAS while fully understanding the operational and safety environments of the National Airspace System.
“We are delighted to partner with MVCC to provide their students with seamless transfer into our new major in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity,” said David Rousseau, CEHC interim dean. “Given MVCC’s curriculum in criminal justice and cybersecurity, as well as their emerging Institute for Emergency Preparedness, we think they are a perfect partner.”
CEHC was established to support high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, to produce new knowledge through innovative research, and to provide training and lifelong learning opportunities for professionals — all to help prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from a growing array of natural and human-caused risks and threats in New York State.