GRCC, WMU to sign articulation agreement



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Sept. 10, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University will sign an articulation agreement Sept. 11 that will give students with a GRCC associate of music degree a seamless transfer to WMU’s music and music therapy programs.

The agreement — GRCC’s first with an institution for music therapy — will provide a detailed guide for GRCC music major transfers. College and high school academic advisers will now have an articulated program guide to help students determine their academic goals and select their GRCC courses for these programs.

“This articulation agreement will allow GRCC music majors to better focus on the future, with the knowledge that they are preparing to graduate from GRCC and transfer directly into a baccalaureate program,” said Kevin J. Dobreff, chairman of GRCC’s music department.

The agreement will be signed at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in room 118 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC’s music department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers associate of music degrees with emphasis in music education, music performance, music merchandising, and recording technology.

GRCC participates in the MACRAO agreement, which is designed to help GRCC students who graduate with an associate in arts or an associate in science transfer to their preferred four-year institution. Completion of the MACRAO requirements at GRCC will fulfill most lower-division general education requirements at participating four-year colleges and universities. Articulated programs that are supported by formally signed articulation agreements provide the transferring student with a detailed program of study to follow, allowing them to transfer into a particular program at their preferred college or university.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.