St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) and Rockland Community College (RCC) announced today a student engagement and housing strategic partnership, which will enable students to advance their education and career opportunities through the “STAC Tracks” program. Beginning in Fall 2021, students enrolled at RCC will be able to continue earning their associate degrees at RCC, while living on and being a part of campus life at STAC. In addition to being able to dorm at STAC for the first time and participate in numerous STAC activities, they will gain easy access to streamlined transfer pathways for completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“St. Thomas Aquinas College is delighted to expand upon our flagship ‘STAC Tracks’ partnership with Rockland Community College, under the leadership of RCC President Baston,” said STAC President Ken Daly. “By combining the resources of two of the leading colleges in our region, we will be better able to support students in advancing their education and career opportunities as they navigate through this difficult time.”
As an extension of the already existing “STAC Tracks” partnership between the two institutions, which creates financial assistance and a seamless transfer pathway for RCC graduates into STAC. Students who are pursuing an associate’s degree at RCC will be able to take advantage of the on-campus experience, including dining on campus, taking part in clubs and health and wellness activities, and participating as a member of the STAC community outside the classroom.
“This is an exciting partnership for Rockland Community College students,” said Dr. Michael A. Baston, president, Rockland Community College. “Many students want to stay local, receive an affordable education, and be prepared for a viable career. This agreement ensures that RCC students will receive a strong foundation here on our campus and then have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to St. Thomas Aquinas to take the next step in their career journey while having access to resources at both RCC and STAC,” states Dr. Baston.
RCC students who enroll under this unique program will be able to access the STAC Student Career Services office, Kraus Fitness Center, Lougheed Library, and other services typically reserved for STAC students. Students enrolled in the program will also have their application and deposit fees waived should they choose to continue their education at STAC and have access to early academic advising from the College’s Student Success team.
Students enrolled at RCC and others who are interested in learning more should contact Dr. LaToya Blount, Interim Executive Director for Student Engagement and College Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 574-4729 by September 7, 2021.