To help college students stay on track and earn their bachelor’s degree amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the presidents of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and William Paterson University (WPU) will hold a virtual press conference at 10 a.m. this morning (Thursday, May 7), to sign a new “3+1” agreement, enabling MCCC students to complete a third year at Mercer before transferring to WPU to earn their four-year degree.

If you would like to participate, email MCCC Public Relations Director Jim Gardner at for the Zoom login information.

The two schools have partnered to offer several bachelor’s degrees on MCCC’s campus. Current offerings consist of three undergraduate degrees: Early Childhood Education, Liberal Studies, and Psychology. The program is offered by William Paterson University, a New Jersey State University, at the MCCC West Windsor campus during late afternoons, evenings, Fridays, on weekends, and online.

After successfully completing the early childhood major and a second major in psychology or liberal studies, students can qualify for two teaching certifications: Preschool through Third Grade and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Also, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, students can focus on concentrations in any two of the following: English, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

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