BCC pens health sciences agreement with Western New England University

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PITTSFIELD — Health sciences students who graduate with an associate degree from Berkshire Community College now have a new pathway for continuing their studies.

The college signed an articulation agreement with Western New England University earlier this month connecting BCC's health sciences grads with the university's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, according to a BCC press release.

Students who have completed their associate degree at BCC and met Western New England's admission requirements can enter the Springfield university's pharmacy program with $15,000 a year in support for two years. Through this pathway, students could go on to receive bachelors' and doctorate degrees from Western New England University.

Joshua Spooner, assistant dean for student affairs for the university, said the program offers an opportunity to retain health sciences graduates in Western Massachusetts.

"It's an opportunity to keep our local students local," he said in the release.

BCC has other articulation agreements with the university, the release states, including those in criminal justice, engineering, human services, biological sciences and business administration.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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