By Pete Helms
Campus Life Editor
Chances are that in the last few days, you have opened your email to find a notice from the College informing you that your major aligns with one of the programs offered by the new Schoolcraft to U partner colleges, Wayne State University or the University of Toledo. That’s because representatives from both colleges will be visiting Schoolcraft to offer open house sessions specifically tailored to the new partnership and students who qualify for them.
Both partners will be on campus in the beginning weeks of March after Spring Break. Wayne State will offer their open house on Wednesday, Mar. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m., and the University of Toledo will offer theirs on Tuesday, Mar. 18. Both events will take place in VistaTech rooms 455, 460, and 465.
According to Frank Ruggirello, Schoolcraft’s Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, the University of Toledo will be sending their admissions, financial aid, and academic advisors to discuss programs being offered as part of the partnership, including bachelor of science degree programs in nursing, criminal justice, health information administration and professional studies.
Wayne State will be sending representatives, including admissions staff, academic advisors, and financial aid personnel to discuss both baccalaureate and master’s programs. Program offerings from Wayne State will include bachelor and master degree programs in business administration and bachelor of science degree programs in computer science, computer technology, electric transportation technology, electrical/electronic engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology.
Students will have the opportunity to fill out admissions and financial aid paperwork, discuss and plan class offerings, and talk to advisors about the best ways to meet their academic goals. Students are encouraged to bring unofficial copies of their transcripts and other information to aid in the application and planning process; transcripts can be printed from WebAdvisor. Dean of Advising and Partnerships Laurie Kattuah-Snyder advises students to familiarize themselves with any programs they are interested in using the SCtoU link on the Schoolcraft website prior to attending the open houses. In addition, she says all the Schoolcraft counselors have been trained on degree requirements for the new programs and can answer the questions of students who cannot attend.
The open houses are yet another step on the road to offering a more complete educational experience at Schoolcraft. Soon, both the University of Toledo and Wayne State will be opening offices in the Jeffress Center following the renovations. The inaugural classes associated with the new partnership are scheduled to begin in the Fall 2014 semester.