November 12, 2009


Transfer Programs Most Popular at NACC

About 70% of Northeast students this fall semester are enrolled in college majors that are designed to transfer to a 4-year college or university. This indicates that they intend to continue their education and earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree.

“One primary mission of the college is to prepare students at the college freshmen and sophomore levels to continue their education through transfer,” states Dr. Joe Burke, NACC Vice President/Dean of Instruction. “A student can begin here in about any college major imaginable to obtain the core courses and transfer those courses to a 4-year university,” Burke emphasizes. The Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) enables Northeast students to plan the full four years of college courses when they are transferring to an Alabama public college.

Once students complete two years of college at Northeast, there are convenient options for them to continue their education. Athens State University has an office on the Northeast campus and offers many classes there and online. Athens recently announced three new majors which are designed to prepare students for some of the many BRAC jobs that are coming to Huntsville. Those new majors at Athens State are: Acquisition and Contract Management, Enterprise Systems Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Troy State University has eight bachelor’s degree programs that students can obtain entirely online once they finish NACC: Business Resources and Technology Management, Applied computer Science, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sport and Fitness Management, and Interpreter Training.

Studies show that Northeast students tend to make very good grades once they transfer. According to Burke, “In most cases, Northeast transfer students have as good or better grade point averages after two years at the universities as the university students who have been there for their freshmen and sophomore years.”

According to data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the more education individuals have the less likely they are to be unemployed and the higher their income. For example, in 2008, of those who had only high school diplomas saw an unemployment rate of 5.7%, while those with bachelor’s degrees had an unemployment rate of 2.8%. The median weekly earnings for high school graduates were $591 and those with bachelor’s degrees had weekly earnings of $978. Dr. Burke states,
“Certainly an education pays in more ways than one and there’s no better place to begin than at NACC.”

For more information on transfer programs at Northeast, go to or call 638-4418 or 228-6001.

Pictured are Devin Kennamer and Autumn Brown, current transfer students at NACC.
With laptop computer among autumn leaves on campus