Mt. Jacinto College Signs EAP Agreement

Guarantees acceptance to Chapman University College upon completion of required course work even as CSU system ponders limiting enrollments for students

SAN JACINTO and ORANGE, Calif. (November 13, 2008) − Students in southwest Riverside County will receive more educational opportunities closer to home under an Early Advantage educational partnership and lease agreement approved today by Mt. San Jacinto College’s (MSJC) Board of Trustees. The lease will bring Chapman University College to MSJC’s Temecula Education Complex in Temecula, California.

The Early Advantage agreement ensures that students who participate in the program are automatically guaranteed acceptance to Chapman University College upon completion of their associate degree.

Mt. San Jacinto College students will be able to enroll in the program beginning in the January 2009 semester and earn a Chapman University College bachelor of arts degree in applied studies, liberal studies, organizational leadership, psychology, social science or early childhood development through classes held at the Temecula Education Complex.

“Chapman University College establishes Early Advantage agreements with community colleges like Mt. San Jacinto College to provide those students who chose to earn a bachelor’s degree near their homes with access to a quality education in the communities where they live and work,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Chapman University College. “It’s reassuring for students to know that in these hard economic times when many educational institutions are limiting enrollments and cutting back on programs they are guaranteed acceptance into Chapman University College through the Early Advantage agreement.”

“With this partnership, an MSJC student could enter this seamless transition whereby they can achieve an associate’s degree and bachelor of arts degree from Chapman University College without ever really leaving the area,” said Dr. Dennis Anderson, vice president of Instruction at Mt. San Jacinto College. “The partnership with Chapman University College is a win-win for students and both colleges as both institutions expand their course offerings in the I-15 corridor service area.”

Working professionals will also have opportunities to obtain graduate credits and teaching credentials at the Temecula Education Complex through weekend courses Chapman University College will offer.

“Chapman University College is pleased to be working with Mt. San Jacinto College in meeting the educational needs of students in Temecula and the surrounding community,” said Ronald Patterson, Moreno Valley campus director. “This Early Advantage agreement between Chapman University College and Mt. San Jacinto College will help increase the options available for students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree and other educational goals.”

Terms of the Lease Agreement
Though MSJC’s class offerings will increase each semester, there is vacant space that will not be needed during the term of MSJC’s master lease. The 28,353-square-foot building is on Enterprise Circle West in Temecula.

Under the lease agreement, Chapman University College will sub-lease five classes and three offices for a total of 3,875 square feet. Chapman University College will pay $6,393.75 a month, which will help offset the $46,782.45 monthly rent MSJC pays for the facility, said Dr. George Kozitza, vice president of Business Services.

The lease agreement runs through Jan. 31, 2011. Chapman University College will lease the space for the same $1.65 a square foot that MSJC is paying, and will also reimburse MSJC for utilities and maintenance costs.

MSJC’s Spring 2009 class scheduled will be mailed out in the next few weeks and will contain a special insert from Chapman University College with its class offerings in the Temecula Education Complex. Schedules will also be available in the Temecula Education Complex. For more information, call 951-308-1059.

For more information on the Early Advantage program, please contact counselor Mary Helen Ish at the Temecula Education Complex at 951-308-1059. Chapman University College currently serves students in the Inland Empire at campuses in Moreno Valley, Coachella Valley and Ontario.

Mt. San Jacinto College serves a 1,700-square-mile area that stretches from Cabazon to Temecula. MSJC has campuses in San Jacinto, Menifee and the Temecula Education Complex. It also holds classes in areas like the San Gorgonio Pass and Lake Elsinore.

About Mount San Jacinto College
Mt. San Jacinto College is one of 110 community colleges in the California Community College System. As a comprehensive community college, MSJC offers courses and programs that satisfy the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities. We offer a variety of vocational and technical programs to prepare students for a rewarding career. Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL) training programs are designed for students who want to build a strong foundation and ensure academic success. Community Education programs and classes help lifelong learners and those seeking personal enrichment. For more information, visit www.msjc.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.