The College of Our Lady of the Elms and Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut have joined forces to expand access to degree programs in social work, and to make earning a bachelor’s degree more convenient for area residents.

ACC Social Work Agreement Signing

Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., and ACC President James P. Lombella have signed an agreement to expand social work degree offerings in Connecticut.

Elms College, Asnuntuck CC Expand Social Work Degree Options

The College of Our Lady of the Elms and Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut have joined forces to expand access to degree programs in social work, and to make earning a bachelor’s degree more convenient for area residents.

Under a new agreement, qualified ACC graduates holding the following associate’s degrees will transfer into the bachelor of social work degree at Elms in the full-time, part-time, weekend or off-site programs:

  • A.S. in general studies.

  • A.A. in liberal arts.

  • A.S. in human services.

  • A.S. in early childhood education.

  • A.S. in criminal justice.

Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., and ACC President James P. Lombella signed the agreement Jan. 12.

“Social work is a growing, important field with expanding job opportunities in our region," Reap said. "We are pleased to partner with Asnuntuck Community College to set students on the path to bachelor’s degrees leading to rewarding careers, empowering them to change lives for the better in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and beyond.”

Classes in this program will be held on the ACC campus in Enfield, Conn., beginning in August 2017. This is Elms College’s first off-campus program outside of Massachusetts.

Elms College was granted approval to award degrees in the state of Connecticut by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education in Hartford. Out-of-state institutions that want to award degrees in Connecticut must submit an application with supportive documentation, and must be approved to operate in that state.

“There has been great excitement on both our campuses for this partnership,” said Elizabeth Teahan Hukowicz, Ed.D., the dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elms College.

Registration for the first cohort is now open. Contact Carol LaLiberte at claliberte@asnuntuck.edu or Wanda Banks at banksw@elms.edu to learn more about the program or to register.