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PR # 103 November 21, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch and Benedict College have entered into a new agreement that will provide for the seamless transfer of RVCC students to the four-year college in Columbia, South Carolina.

The agreement, which will facilitate RVCC graduates? progress toward a bachelor?s degree from Benedict College, is RVCC?s first transfer agreement with a Historically Black College or University. It was signed during the 10th Annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) College Fair, held November 15 at the College?s North Branch Campus.

?We welcome our new partnership with Benedict College. It opens up an exciting opportunity for our students to continue their higher education and complete a bachelor?s degree at one of the nation?s premier Historically Black Colleges,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

?Benedict College and Raritan Valley Community College have been participants of the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair of New Jersey since the beginning, and we owe a great deal to this organization and its vision to educate our youths,? said Benedict College Recruiter Anthony Brown.?

Wylondria Jefferson, Benedict College Coordinator of Recruitment, Tours and Telemarketing, has taken Benedict?s lead on the transfer agreement since last year.

Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution located in Columbia, SC. It is the fourth largest private HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in the United States and has produced over 14,000 graduates. Of the 20 independent colleges in South Carolina, Benedict has the largest undergraduate student body and is the second largest overall with an undergraduate population of over 2,500 students.

Benedict College is one of the top producers of African-American Physics majors in the country, as reported by the Education and Employment statistic Division of the American Institute of Physics, and was ranked #2 in the nation for producing African-Americans with an undergraduate degree in Physics. In the past 10 years, one out of three Benedict College students has enrolled in graduate school.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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