College adds an Associate of Science in Business
Administration Degree plus two
professional development certificates for early childhood
development to offerings.
June 18, 2014, Jersey City, NJ –Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Glen Gabert announced that the College has expanded its course offerings with a new Associate degree program in Business Administration, and two new certificate courses for Child Development Associate (CDA).
All of these new offerings were developed to better serve the needs of our students and our community,” Dr. Gabert said.
The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Business Administration degree will prepare students to make a seamless transfer to a four-year institution, and to complete a bachelor’s degree in business-related fields. The determination to offer the A.S. in Business Administration degree was made after the College conducted a year-long comprehensive review of the existing Associate of Applied Science Management program. The new A.S. in Business Administration degree program will better prepare business students for successful academic and career achievements, and ready them for entry-level administrative and management positions.
The HCCC A.S. in Business Administration program will be offered at the College’s Journal Square Campus, North Hudson Higher Education Center, and online. Articulation agreements have been arranged with Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey City University, and St. Peter’s University.
The new Professional Development Certificates were constructed in response to the national and statewide call for advanced training for those who work in Early Childhood Education. Section 648A of the Head Start Act requires that all Head Start Coordinators must hold at least a child development associate credential, and be enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree that will be completed in two years.
Dr. Gabert said that HCCC is part of an initiative of community colleges in New Jersey that banded together, and are working with Head Start and the New Jersey Department of Education to meet the new requirements.
Both the HCCC Infant/Toddler CDA Professional Development and the Preschool CDA Professional Development Certificates are eleven-credit, certificate programs which include 120 hours of classroom instruction, and 120 hours of field experience. Those who successfully complete the Infant/Toddler CDA program will have acquired the necessary instruction required for entry-level positions as caregivers in infant/toddler settings with children from birth to 36 months of age. The individuals who successfully complete the Preschool CDA program will have the necessary instruction prescribed for entry-level positions as Group Teachers in preschool settings with children 3 to 5 years of age. Both of these courses will prepare students for the final review with the Professional Specialist who conducts the final assessment for the Council of Professional Recognition, the national organization that awards the credential. Credits earned with these two certificates may be applied to the HCCC associate degree (AAS and AS) in Early Childhood Education.
Additional information on these programs may be obtained online at hccc.edu, by emailing Janine Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elana Winslow at email@example.com.