Cerritos College Signs EAP Agreement

Early Advantage Partnership agreement offers opportunity to enroll at Brandman while attending Cerritos College

IRVINE, Calif. (May 5, 2010) – Brandman University, a fully accredited adult university within the Chapman University System (ranked among the top colleges by U.S. News and World Report), today announced it will sign an Early Advantage Partnership (EAP) agreement with Cerritos College on May 7.

By enrolling in Brandman’s EAP program, students at Cerritos College will be admitted to Brandman University’s Irvine campus while still attending community college and taking transferable coursework.  At the same time students will have access to enhanced cooperative academic and student services including the University’s advising services, information meetings, technology support, and educational plans.  It will also allow students to lock in their academic catalog giving them the ability to transfer all completed coursework contained in the agreement.  Brandman University will waive all application fees for students participating in the EAP program.

“Brandman University establishes Early Advantage Partnership agreements with community colleges like Cerritos College to provide students with a clearly defined path to pursue their higher education,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University.  “These types of partnerships between community colleges and Brandman University will continue to play an important role in students pursuing their educational goals at a time when the economic crisis is forcing the California State University and University of California systems to limit enrollments.

Cerritos students are eligible to enroll in the EAP program immediately and can take transferable coursework in the following programs: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology.   The EAP program also includes Brandman’s new Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree offered online and at the Irvine campus.

“We are pleased to partner with Brandman University in offering our students seamless transition to the university and early access to its various resources and services,” said Dr. Linda Lacy, Cerritos College president/superintendent. “This partnership is a win-win for students and both institutions.

Cerritos College students can apply for the program after they have fulfilled 12 transferable credits at their respective school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from all schools previously attended.  Students can transfer to Brandman University anytime up to one year after their last term of attendance at Cerritos College. Transcripts from all previous colleges attended must be submitted with the application to verify GPA eligibility.

About Brandman University
Brandman University, formerly Chapman University College, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and focuses on meeting the unique needs of the more than 10,000 working students it serves both online and through 25 campuses in California and Washington. Brandman University is part of the Chapman University system and is known for providing students with undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs.
 
About Cerritos College
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.

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About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu.

For more information contact Steve Quis, director of Public Relations at squis@brandman.edu.