New agreement for children and family studies program further strengthens relationship between institutions while working to ensure student success

March 8, 2011

UM-Dearborn and HFCC executives gathered together Feb. 23 to sign the articulation agreement between the two institutions and celebrate the new program.

DEARBORN /March 8, 2011---A new articulation agreement between University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) will allow HFCC students who earn an associate’s degree in Children and Families to transfer up to 62 credits toward a bachelor’s of General Studies in Children and Families degree from UM-Dearborn’s School of Education.

“This new agreement reinforces the strong relationships that exists between UM-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College,” said Edward Silver, dean of the School of Education at UM-Dearborn. “It provides HFCC students with an interest in working with children and families the opportunity to continue their education while pursuing a UM-Dearborn degree,” he added.

"We are very pleased to once again collaborate with the University of Michigan-Dearborn on an articulation agreement for our students who are interested in children and family studies," said HFCC President Gail Mee. She also said that agreements like this "assure students a seamless transition to complete their bachelor's degrees and assure employers that students have successfully met the rigorous program standards of both Henry Ford Community College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.”

The children and families program is a four-year degree early childhood program designed for students who wish to pursue careers in childcare centers and Head Start centers, as teachers or administrators or in other sites or agencies working with children and their families. A minimum of 128 semester credits are needed for the degree. For more information from the curriculum guide visit www.umd.umich.edu/transferhfcc/.

About UM-Dearborn
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 90 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.

About Henry Ford Community College
Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., is a comprehensive public community college serving about 19,000 students each fall and winter semester in southeast Michigan.  HFCC is dedicated to preparing people for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 100 associate’s degree university transfer and career programs.  HFCC offers high-quality, innovative programs to meet the educational and training needs of the culturally and racially diverse population of southeast Michigan. In addition to providing a pool of highly skilled workers for Detroit-area employers, HFCC also specializes in customized workforce development training for major businesses and industrial corporations. Since its founding in 1938 as Fordson Junior College, HFCC has been the gateway to higher education for thousands of students who seek affordable, high-quality post-secondary education. To learn more about Henry Ford Community College, please visit us on Facebook, www.hfcc.edu/facebook, Twitter, www.hfcc.edu/twitter, Issuu,  http://issuu.com/hfcc/ and on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/henryfordcc.

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