Warriors on the Way

Stan State mascot Titus the Warrior, SJDC President Kathy Hart, Stan State President Ellen Junn and SJDC mascot Fierce the Mascot pose at the agreement celebration.

By Nan Austin

San Joaquin Delta College and Stanislaus State Join Forces

Beginning this fall, an agreement between San Joaquin Delta College and Stanislaus State paves a path from community college to a public university bachelor’s degree without ever leaving Stockton.

The partnership includes a guaranteed two-year sequence of upper-division courses in three majors at Stan State at the Stockton Campus. Laying out a set plan of courses will allow transfer students in liberal studies, psychology and business administration to complete their degree within two years without having to commute to the main Turlock campus.

“It’s really great news for our students,” said Delta College Superintendent/President Kathy Hart. “The fact that they can begin their journey at Delta College and then move on to a nearby California State University where they can complete their degree programs is really a huge advantage.”

“Stanislaus State is committed to ensuring Delta College students, and all students in San Joaquin County, are able to continue their pursuit of higher education,” said Stan State President Ellen Junn. “This agreement will help make it as easy as possible for them to do so.”

“Stanislaus State is committed to ensuring Delta College students, and all students in San Joaquin County, are able to continue their pursuit of higher education.”

- President Ellen Junn
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Delta students who declare their intent to transfer to Stan State become a part of the Warriors on the Way (WOW) program. WOW students who earn an associate degree for transfer and meet Stan State admission requirements will also qualify for an application fee waiver.

While at Delta, WOW participants will have access to additional mentoring and guidance, and a Stan State student outreach counselor will be on the Delta campus part time to help students plan an individual pathway. Delta grads with at least a 3.8 GPA will be eligible for transfer scholarships or internship opportunities.

“The approach is a student-centered one, focused on programs most popular with transfer students,” said Gitanjali Kaul, Stan State’s vice president for strategic planning, enrollment management and innovation. “If students show interest in other programs, the University will explore expanding the partnership.”

Similar partnership opportunities will be explored with other community colleges in the six-county region. Stanislaus State's Stockton Campus, opened in 1998, focuses on upper-division courses, many offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate working students. It offers 17 undergraduate programs, including accelerated degree programs in social sciences and nursing, as well as six graduate programs.