Ibrahim Aksoy, Staff Writer
The Judith K. Winn School of Honors and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society co-sponsored transfer workshops this fall. They prepared two separate sessions facilitated by senior transfer counselor Professor Michael Feder on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 17 at Pitkin Education Center.
The workshop gave basic information about how to prepare for a successful transfer from a two-year community college for beginners.
The event started with motivational stories about how to succeed. Each student introduced their major and future plans along with the institution they want to transfer to.
The one-hour event highlighted in-state and out-of-state transfers, two-year college degree types, the benefits of completing an associate degree, credit evaluation for transferring-to schools, open houses, fee waivers and NJ Transfer.
NJ Transfer is a website that provides online transfer assistance to community college students in New Jersey who are considering transferring to New Jersey state schools, such as Rutgers University. The website is an easy tool that provides course recommendations so students know what they should take prior to attending a four-year college.
Feder advised students to always keep in touch with schools that they are interested in. For instance, some courses, especially in the summer and winter semesters, may not be transferable to every school. However, students shouldn’t get discouraged, simply contact the admissions office of the desired transfer school for more detailed information.
He also stressed why getting an associate degree is important. “If you don’t graduate and somehow do not complete a four-year college, you are just a high school graduate with a bunch of college credits,” Feder explained.
Another point he emphasized was the difference between popular transferable degrees. An Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree are the most common choices, therefore most likely to be transferable to a four-year university. Although Applied Associate of Science (AAS) degrees may not be guaranteed to transfer, Bergen Community College has an agreement with several universities that accept transfer students with AAS degrees.
For more transfer help or information on your road to graduation, you can visit a BCC transfer counselor in room A115 in the Pitkin Building.