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September 10, 2008 10:25 AM

Conestoga, Michigan University Sign Transfer Agreement

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On September 9 in Kitchener, senior officials of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and Davenport University signed an agreement through which Conestoga graduates can apply for and receive transfer credits towards degree completion at Davenport.

Under terms of the agreement, graduates of more than 50 two- and three-year Conestoga diploma programs can pursue a bachelors degree at Davenport, while Conestoga graduates of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Business - International Business Management program can work towards Davenports MBA - Strategic Management Concentration.

Davenport is an innovative university dedicated to education in areas of knowledge for the new economy. Its focus is on career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs in business, health and technology. Based in Grand Rapids, Davenport also has 13 off-campus locations in Michigan, plus an extensive system of online learning opportunities. Davenport has an enrolment of more than 11,000. More information on the university is at www.Davenport.edu.

A novel element of the Conestoga-Davenport agreement is that Conestoga graduates who enrol at Davenport can pursue their degree studies mostly or in some cases entirely online, or at the Grand Rapids campus or any other Davenport site.

Here are just a few examples of opportunities that Conestoga diploma graduates can pursue:

In signing the agreement, Davenport Provost David Fleming said, This agreement will further the universitys ability to offer practical, career-based bachelors degrees to a new population of students. With our emphasis in business, technology and health, we are a good fit for Conestoga and its focus on real-world, practical learning.

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Conestoga is a comprehensive polytechnic institute that offers a full range of programs in business, engineering technology, information technology, media and design, health and life sciences, community services and the skilled trades. Its full-time enrolment has grown by more than 14 per cent over the past three years. Conestoga has full-service campuses in Kitchener, Guelph and Waterloo, and the Ontario Government has just announced a major $21 million investment in Conestoga for a new campus in Cambridge.

Conestoga President John Tibbits commented, We are pleased and excited by the new opportunities presented by this articulation agreement with Davenport, a university that shares our approach to forward-looking, practical learning. We are confident that our current students and graduates will find workable pathways to further education, personal development and career success made possible by Davenport University.

Contact: Bob Carley, Executive Dean, Academic Administration (Conestoga) at 519-748-5220, ext. 2217; Chris Ervin, Executive Director, Communications (Davenport) at 616-732-1084

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