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STLCC, Maryville University Sign Articulation Agreement

June 29, 2010

Deaf Communication Studies Articulation Agreement Signing  
Mark Lonbardi, president of Maryville
University and Marcia Pfeiffer, president of
STLCC-Florissant Valley, signing the
articulated transfer agreeement between
the two schools.

Through a new partnership between
St. Louis Community College and Maryville University, students in the deaf communications studies program at STLCC-Florissant Valley can now seamlessly complete their bachelor’s degree.

The two institutions recently signed an agreement to initiate an articulated program in which students who complete their associate degree in deaf communications studies/interpreter education at Florissant Valley may transfer as juniors to Maryville’s bachelor’s degree program in rehabilitation services. Maryville also offers a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.

"Both St. Louis Community College and Maryville University are trying to help students by offering as many choices to them as possible," said Marcia Pfeiffer, STLCC-Florissant Valley president. "This articulation provides our students with a plan for how to complete not only a bachelor’s degree, but master’s level credentials if they choose to further their education. We look forward to working with Maryville staff and faculty toward our mutual goals of student success and greater accessibility."

Faculty and staff from both institutions began work on this agreement last August. Participants included Florissant Valley’s Tom Flynn, Mary Luebke and Nancy Linzy; and Gina Oswald and Barbara Parker from Maryville.

"St. Louis Community College’s mission is to expand minds and change lives. The deaf communications studies program does that by exposing students to a broad range of needs within the deaf community, which includes interpreting, but also includes many other professions that serve deaf individuals," said Tom Flynn, program coordinator of deaf communication studies. "We are grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Maryville University to better serve our students and deaf individuals in the St. Louis metropolitan area."

Two 2010 graduates of STLCC’s deaf communication studies are slated to transfer to Maryville University in fall 2010. Katie Nanney (Warrenton, Mo.) will transfer to Maryville’s bachelor’s degree program in rehabilitation services and Fiona Hill (Hazelwood, Mo.) will enter Maryville’s rehabilitation counseling master’s program. Hill holds a bachelor’s in social work. STLCC sends more transfer students to Missouri’s four-year colleges and universities than any other college in the state.