Lewis partners with Moraine Valley Community College

Lewis University partners with Moraine Valley Community College for Nursing, Criminal/Social Justice degree programs

Published: May 30, 2014.


Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, MVCC President, and Brother James
Gaffney, FSC, Lewis University President sign agreement.
From left MVCC representatives are Chris Alberts,
Lydia Falbo, Kiana Battle, William Barz, Dr. Pamela Haney,
Christina Simon, Barbara Martin, Joann Wright and
Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone. Lewis University representatives
are Dr. Calvin Edwards, Ray Kennelly, Dr. Stephany Schlacter,
Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli and Dr. Peggy Rice.

Moraine Valley Community College and Lewis University signed two agreements Wednesday, May 28 that will provide opportunities for Moraine Valley students to earn bachelor’s degrees in two different programs at Lewis.

The two institutions agreed to an enhanced “2+2” nursing program where students may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree at MVCC in the Palos Hills, Illinois-based community college and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Lewis the Romeoville, Illinois-based university. This is the first agreement of its kind for both schools.

Nursing students would complete the Registered Nurse program at Moraine Valley and pass the national board exam. Students then would complete 78 credit hours at Moraine Valley and the final 38 credit hours leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a reduced tuition rate.

A second agreement provides a more affordable pathway for students to complete both the Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal/Social Justice. The AA to BA Partnership Program will offer classes at the Moraine Valley’s Palos Hills campus and the Lewis regional location in nearby Hickory Hills.

Full-time students enrolled in the Criminal/Social Justice program will receive a special partnership scholarship of $12,000 per year during their studies at Lewis University. Additionally, students enrolled in this program will pay Moraine Valley tuition rates for the first 80 credit hours and complete the last 48 credit hours at a reduced tuition rate, resulting in significant savings while earning a Criminal/Social Justice bachelor’s degree.

During the first part of the 128 credit-hour program, students will complete 80 credit hours of Moraine Valley courses and earn the Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Students then will complete 48 credit hours of Lewis University course work, taught by Lewis faculty at the school’s Hickory Hills campus, 9634 S. Roberts Road.

“We are extremely pleased that we have forged this partnership with Lewis University and the opportunities it will provide our students. I want to thank faculty and staff from Lewis and Moraine Valley involved in developing this program. They have created a relationship that will mean success for many, many of our students in the years to come and for the communities program graduates will serve,” said Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley.

Lewis University has a national reputation for its bachelor’s and master’s programs in Criminal/Social Justice (C/SJ) and Public Safety Administration. The Lewis undergraduate program in C/SJ is the second largest in Illinois. The university also offers degrees related to C/SJ at its main campus in Romeoville in Forensic Criminal Investigation and Paralegal Studies.

“Lewis University promotes community in all teaching, learning and service. This partnership exemplifies Lewis University’s Mission of providing a learning experience that meets the needs of both student and society, while being considerate of economic factors that may negatively affect degree completion,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

For more information about the C/SJ program, contact Michelle Mega, Lewis University Director of Recruitment and External Relations, at (815) 836-5342 or megami@lewisu.edu.



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