Stritch Magazine

Partnerships serve needs of students, community

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:35:00 PM

The College of Business and Management and the College of Education and Leadership have formed new agreements that benefit both students and their communities.

In spring, the College of Business and Management launched an agreement with Riverland Community College in Owatonna, Minn. Under this “2 + 2” program, students can earn their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science in Business from Riverland and then transfer all of the credits to Stritch to finish a four-year degree in business management at the Owatonna campus. The program is not only available to Riverland alumni, but anyone who meets the 50-credit prerequisites.

“This partnership will benefit not only potential students, but also the community as a whole, offering companies the opportunity to advance their employees with no interruption to workflow while simultaneously building a sustainable community,” Riverland business instructor Dr. Deb McManimon said.

The College of Education and Leadership also entered into a partnership that is mutually beneficial to both students and the community. In July, Milwaukee Public Schools and Stritch launched Project METRO (Maintaining Effective Teacher Residency Opportunities), a teaching certification program that places teachers in difficult-to-staff urban high schools.

Project METRO employs an innovative approach that places teachers in classrooms in their first year of master’s coursework at Stritch. The four-year program combines coursework and co-teaching experiences leading to high school teaching certification in mathematics, science, special education, or bilingual certification as well as a master’s degree in education.

Students enrolled in the program advance their own education and professional development while addressing areas of great need within Milwaukee’s public schools.