Earning an Elms College Degree on the Springfield Technical Community College Campus
When Agawam native Jillian Joyce ’13 enrolled in college, like many freshmen, she had no idea what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She transferred three times, eventually ending up at Springfield Technical Community College–where her mother works.
“I couldn’t keep paying for tuition at four-year institutions when I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to major in,” Jillian said.
After completing her associate’s degree in liberal arts in 2011, Jillian heard about the STCC/Elms partnership through word of mouth, and decided to enroll.
“I always knew I would get my bachelor’s, but this program made it possible for me to earn one in 20 months and at a much more affordable price than if I had transferred to a traditional on-campus program,” Jillian said.
Every Saturday for 20 months, Jillian and her six classmates spent nine hours together, taking one course in the morning and another in the afternoon. A new “semester” began every eight weeks, with courses in social work as well as core requirements.
Jillian will walk across the stage on May 18, 2013 to receive her bachelor’s degree in social work. She has been accepted with advanced standing to the Springfield College master’s of social program (M.S.W.) program, and classes begin the weekend after commencement. She expects to complete her M.S.W. in May 2014 and hopes to find a job working in geriatrics.
The Class of 2013 is the first to include graduates from the STCC/Elms program. Four graduates will continue on to graduate school at Springfield College and University of Connecticut. The other three will be working full time. The Class of 2014 includes 22 STCC/Elms social work majors on track to graduate, and another 15 are already enrolled to begin the program in August 2013.
The HCC/Elms program graduated its first students in 2012. In August 2013, new off-campus programs will be launched in the Berkshires, at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, and at Greenfield Community College. To learn more, visit our Off Campus pages.