What is new with New Dimensions?

This has been the big question that many people have asked throughout the past several months. The Albertus Magnus Campus is adapting the name New Dimensions for its Associates, Bachelors and Masters cohorts with you in mind!

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Throughout the past couple months we have been gearing up for our September classes which mark great changes. After review we have been able to open our doors to accept the highest amount of transfer credits to date. As partners with the surrounding Community Colleges, we want our students to know that their experience counts, and that here at Albertus, we welcome and accept your previous hard work.

A second change will be the new development and structure of our classes. Come September our classes will move from having a “learning team” aspect to having a “blended” online portion. This modification is to help students interact with their entire class, while honing vital computer skills that will be needed once entering the work-world.

Lastly, our final implementation is our new open enrollment that circulates year round. Understanding that our students are busy, and that everyone has a unique schedule, we modified our Cohorts to where students can “jump in” at any given time. This structure allows students to join a cohort when they feel they are ready, and allows them to pick up classes at the end of the given year.

All of these changes take effect come September, and have been done to make continuing your education that much more feasible. Our September Open Houses are on Tuesday, September 9th at our East Hartford Campus and Thursday, September 11th at our New Haven Campus. Registration for these events are up online, and we look forward to see you there!

 

Finish Your Educational Journey Here

Have you started your educational journey at a local community college? Are you looking to transition this journey to a four-year school? The New Dimensions program at Albertus Magnus is the place for you! With our easily accessible locations in East Hartford and New Haven, flexible class schedules, and dedicated staff, we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible for you.

Sonny Le, one of our current students in our New Dimensions Program at our East Hartford campus, shares his experience transitioning from a community college to Albertus Magnus College.

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What made you choose Albertus Magnus College/New Dimensions?

Sonny: Well, I currently work a full-time job and needed something that could fit into my busy schedule. The New Dimensions Program at Albertus Magnus College was highly recommended by my co-workers and I love the set-up of having class once a week, on one specific day, from 6 to 10 p.m.

What was your biggest concern about transferring?

Sonny: I had been out of school for a while! I knew I was rusty and was coming back to school to finish my degree as an older adult. I was nervous as to whether or not I could actually do it. Enrolling in the New Dimensions Program really alleviated my fears though, as I would soon find out that most of my classmates were in the same boat as me.

What stood out to you during the Admissions process?

Sonny: The admissions counselors were a tremendous help and were key to this process. As said above, I was nervous about coming back to school full-time and my admissions counselor was there every step of the way. They helped calm my nerves, and patiently walked me through the process of the New Dimensions Program, keeping in touch throughout the whole thing!

How could we have improved the transition for you?

Sonny: Honestly? Nothing. I know with working full-time, and having other commitments, that I was a little slower than I should have been with getting all my requirements completed. But, with all the support and guidance from my admissions counselor, we were able to get it completed on time, together.

What advice would you give to other students looking to transfer?

Sonny: Don’t be nervous! It’s a big step, but it is definitely worth it. I have been in class for about six months now and am 100% happy that I chose the New Dimensions Program at Albertus. The support there is tremendous, both in and out of the classroom and they believe in your success.

If you are interested in finding out more about our New Dimensions Program, click here to discover the program and register to an Open House!

 

Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence

“This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. Let us renew our commitment to end domestic violence – in every city, every town, and every corner of America.”

Presidential Proclamation declaring October 2013 Domestic Violence Prevention Month

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Nearly 20 years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) domestic violence remains an often hidden problem in our communities. People we interact with every day may be experiencing domestic violence without us knowing it. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • In 2009, violent crimes by intimate partners (current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend) accounted for 26 percent of non-fatal crimes against females and 5 percent against males.
  • Of female murder victims in 2009, 35 percent were killed by an intimate partner.
  • Fifteen percent of teens who have been in a relationship report having been hit, slapped or pushed by their boyfriend or girlfriend.

This tearing down not only hurts individuals, it limits entire communities as those who are victimized may be prevented from reaching their full and vibrant potential.

Every day in Connecticut, dedicated social workers, counselors, criminal investigators and social service agencies work to prevent and end domestic violence. On September 30, 2013, more than 200 of them came together to attend Beyond the Bruises: A Conference on Psychological Abuse and Stalking hosted by The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BH Care. Albertus Magnus College was proud to help sponsor this event and is committed to providing professionals with the tools and education they need to best serve their community.Susan De Leon-Dr.Mazen-Carin - Roseann More

Each year, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services assists over 9,000 victims and their children in 19 cities and towns in the lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. Conference attendees shared best regional practices and gained new knowledge from keynote speakers and national authorities, including bestselling author and renowned journalist, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Dr. Ragaa Mazen, Director of the Albertus Masters of Science in Human Servicesprogram met one-on-one with attendees to share local Human Services program insights.

Albertus Magnus College has a total enrollment of 1,700 students. It offers 50 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults, and graduate programs in business, management, education, liberal studies, leadership, writing, human services and art therapy. The College also offers a degree in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling Certificate.

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