Saint Martin’s and Tacoma Community College forge degree-completion partnership

December 10, 2013

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LACEY, Wash. – A partnership that authorizes Saint Martin’s University to offer baccalaureate degree programs to students at Tacoma Community College while they remain on their home campus will be launched in June.

“We are very excited to offer a program to meet the needs of students at Tacoma Community College,” says Joyce Westgard, Ed.D., Saint Martin’s associate vice president of institutional effectiveness and dean of the University’s College of Education and Counseling Psychology. “This brand new partnership will offer TCC students bachelor of arts degree programs from Saint Martin’s in both elementary education and special education, with additional course articulation in early childhood education.”

Westgard authored the memorandum of understanding for the partnership. The agreement was formalized recently when officials from both institutions attended a ceremony on the Tacoma Community College campus to sign the MOU. In addition to Westgard, those in attendance were Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., president of Saint Martin’s University; Pamela Transue, Ph.D., president of Tacoma Community College; Molly Smith, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Martin’s; and Tod Treat, Ph.D., executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College.

The partnership provides for a “two-plus-two” program under which students attending Tacoma Community College spend their first two years as TCC students and then their final two years as Saint Martin’s students, taking Saint Martin’s courses on the Tacoma Community College campus.

Mike Flodin, dean for mathematics, science and engineering and who also manages TCC’s Education - Transfer program says, “We are looking forward to implementing this new program with Saint Martin’s, both to directly benefit the students enrolled and to strengthen the transfer pathway between our institutions.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Joyce Westgard, Ed.D.
Associate vice president, Institutional Effectiveness
Dean, College of Education and Counseling Psychology

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager

TCC is committed to giving students every opportunity to reach their goals with a low-cost, high-quality education. We create a positive learning environment that gives students confidence to succeed. In 2011 the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges ranked TCC first in the state in improving student achievement. Achieving the Dream has designated TCC as a Leader College for use of evidence-based strategies to improve student success and close the achievement gap.

For additional information:

Shawn Jennison
Director of marketing and communications
Tacoma Community College