April 7, 2015
LIVONIA, MICH. — Administrators from Madonna University and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) signed an articulation agreement on March 23, 2015, providing WCC students an exceptional opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Madonnain forensic science.
This agreement provides students who earn an associate degree in biology the opportunity to transfer up to 87 credits from WCC; enabling them to finish their bachelor’s degree at Madonna University in just 40 credits.
“We are grateful for this collaboration and look forward to providing WCC students with an outstanding degree through our forensic science program,” said Michael O. Kenney, vice president for planning and enrollment. “We are a mere 20 minutes from WCC, and with free parking and block scheduling, this is a win/win. That’s always our goal.”
Currently, Madonna is the only school in Michigan to offer a bachelor’s degree in forensic science accredited by Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Madonna also has a similar articulation agreement with Macomb Community College and is in the process of completing a comparable agreement with Mott Community College in Flint, Mich.
This agreement offers a unique opportunity for students interested in a career in forensic science, said Jodi Lynn Barta, Ph. D., associate professor in biological and health sciences and director of Madonna University’s forensic science program. “We have an active forensic science research facility here at Madonna, which also provides students access to experiential learning in research and development,” Barta said.
“Employers are now asking for forensic science technicians who have received a degree from a FEPAC-accredited program. We can provide our students with the tools they need to be successful in their field,” Barta said.
The requirements for WCC students who follow this articulation agreement include:
An Associate of Science in Biology degree with a Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement
An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8
Students will enter the pre-forensic program as soon as they transfer and once they successfully complete the introductory survey course in forensic science, they will be eligible for acceptance into forensic science.
“We are very happy to enter into another articulation agreement with Madonna University,” said William Abernethy, WCC interim vice president for instruction. “As with our other articulation agreements, it will benefit students at both institutions and we look forward to continuing our valuable partnership.”
The agreement was signed by WCC President Rose Bellanca; William Abernethy; Brandon Tucker, WCC dean of advanced technologies and public service careers; Ruth Walsh, WCC department chair of public service careers; Madonna President Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa,; Ernest Nolan, Madonna provost and vice president of academic affairs; Theodore Biermann, dean, Madonna’s College of Science & Mathematics and Jodi Lynn Barta.
Forensic Science is a burgeoning field. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of forensic science technicians is projected to increase, growing six percent from 2012 to 2022. Scientific and technological advances are expected to increase the usefulness, availability, and reliability of objective forensic information used as evidence in trials. In addition, the use of forensic evidence in criminal proceedings is expected to expand. More forensic science technicians will be needed to provide timely forensics information to law enforcement agencies and courts.
For more information about the program at WCC, please contact Brad Hoth at 734-973-3676 or Ruth Walsh at 734-973-3689. For more on the Madonna University forensic science program, call Sue Sayers at 734-432-5523.
About Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a public college serving 18,000 students annually in southeast Michigan. Founded in 1965, WCC’s open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. To learn more about WCC, please visit us at www.wccnet.edu or contact us at 734-973-3330.
About Madonna University
Liberal arts, career preparation and serving learning are the hallmarks of a Madonna University education. For more than 75 years, Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan has been preparing students for careers in nursing, education, business, social work, science, the arts and more than 100 other majors and minors. Its Graduate School offers master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in 30-plus areas of study.
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Lori Radwin of Ypsilanti, a senior in the forensic science program and Stephanie Gladyck of Clinton Township, a Master’s Degree student from Syracuse University who is also completing the Master’s Certificate in Applied Forensic Science Research through a dual enrollment program, listen as Dr. Jodi Lynn Barta, Director of the Forensic Science program instructs them in their lab work.