Photographed (l-r): Luke Schultheis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Education, Helms College John Niser, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson Director, International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Articulation agreement to provide career college’s culinary Associate of Applied Science students admittance into Hospitality, Sports and Tourism Management Baccalaureate Program
AUGUSTA AND MACON, Ga., November 18, 2022 —
Helms College announced the signing of an articulation agreement that would allow Associate of Applied Science students of Helms College’s School of Hospitality to be eligible to receive credits toward a degree at FDU.
Under this agreement, students who have earned an AAS from Helms College’s School of Hospitality and have met all admissions requirements of FDU, can gain admittance into FDU’s Baccalaureate program in Hospitality, Sports and Tourism Management.
“We are pleased to officially partner with FDU's International School of Hospitality, Sports and Tourism Management, which is ranked seventh among the Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world, with the goal of sending our associate degree graduates to their immersive learning program. Those students will live, eat and get paid to work in departments at the Sea Island Resort on coastal Georgia while also taking online classes through FDU,” said Luke Schultheis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Education for Helms College. “Giving students experience at a world-class resort after participating in our own immersive programs at Helms College will produce heavily sought after top talent.”
The agreement incorporates full articulation of all of the AAS credits earned at Helms College, reducing the time and cost for students to earn a baccalaureate degree.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution and is the largest private university in New Jersey. The university offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Accepted Helms College students can take classes like as Domestic and International Tourism and Work Experience classes, designed to teach and train students for a successful career in the hospitality industry.
“Our two institutions share the ambition to provide those willing to engage in life-changing education pathways leading to upward social mobility and the noble pursuit of happiness. Our contributions are complementary as institutions of higher education; however, what differentiates this collaboration is the intimate relations we both have with integrating experiential learning with academic rigor and true student support," said John Niser, Fairleigh Dickinson Director.
The immersive learning experiences at FDU are similar to those of Helms College, where students work in Helms’ own Edgar’s Hospitality Group restaurants, private club and conference centers, as well as completing externships.
About Helms College
Helms College is a private, accredited, not-for-profit postsecondary career school licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Helms College provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills, and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning. Helms College is operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia.
About Fairleigh Dickinson University
The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956. The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada. FDU’s 12,000+ full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs — days, evenings and weekends. The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a nationally-renowned Core.
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