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UB Articulation Agreement in Simulation and Digital Entertainment

Release Date: 2/21/2006

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/
Web Editor

Carroll Community College Signs Articulation
Agreement with University of Baltimore in Computer
Simulation and Digital Entertainment

Carroll Community College (Carroll) will sign an articulation agreement on Friday, March 3 with the University of Baltimore (UB) for UB's recently introduced program in Simulation and Digital Entertainment (SDE). The event will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in the UB Student Center at 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. in Baltimore. (Note to editor: This is a media-only event. RSVP to Chris Hart at UB at 410-837-6190).

The undergraduate program at UB enables students to learn the sophisticated development techniques behind videogames and IT-based simulation and training. This increasingly popular field of study is supported by a growing sector of the Maryland economy. Maryland has the nation's second largest number of videogame and simulation companies, many of which are located in Baltimore and Montgomery counties, according to a press release issued by UB officials.

An articulation agreement is a written contract between a community college and a four-year institution spelling out the courses that are accepted at a receiving institution after a student transfers there. This ensures the necessary coursework is completed so the student can automatically enter the institution as a junior. Carroll's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Computer Graphics, Multimedia Design will transfer to UB's SDE program, making students well-prepared for upper level coursework in their discipline.

 "University of Baltimore has been very dedicated to developing cutting edge programs that prepare students for emerging professional opportunities. We at Carroll are delighted that we can partner with such an excellent program," said Carroll Community College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo.

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Carroll Dr. James Ball said, "This program articulation creates a wonderful opportunity for us as we develop our emerging focus on programs dedicated to entertainment technologies. Our A.A.S. students will have a wonderful opportunity to transfer and extend their educational and professional development at UB, which has been an exceptional institution in the recruitment of community college graduates."   

Three other Maryland community colleges are also participating in the articulation
agreement signing with UB. They are Anne Arundel Community College, Montgomery
College and the Community College of Baltimore County.

UB President Robert L. Bogomolny will be joined by Dr.Pappalardo, as well as the other community college leaders, at the ceremony.

Bogomolny said that the SDE articulation agreement is a demonstration that public higher education is committed to meeting the state's workforce needs by bringing prepared graduates to the job market as quickly and easily as possible. "We're working together with our partner institutions to affirm their interest, while at the same time making it simple and affordable for them to get the education they need to compete in the marketplace," said Bogomolny.

"Game programming and simulation design is an exciting realm of computing," said 
Chair of Technical Studies at Carroll Dr. Edward Crook. "While computer games have a long history, they have traditionally been limited to expensive computers or minimal designs.  Recent improvements in computer technology--specifically speed, multimedia, and communications--have changed this. The computer game, simulation, and entertainment industries are driving computer development."

Program Director/Instructor of Computer Graphics at Carroll Scott Gore describes the A.A.S. program this way: "We prepare students for positions in the interactive design, multimedia design, and digital video industries. The curriculum stresses the development of digital design skills for CD ROM, Interactive DVD, digital video editing, motion graphics, web production, digital imaging, and print design.

"Since employers today put emphasis on communication literacy, students also take courses to develop skills in writing, public speaking, psychology, professional development, history, and marketing to round out their education," said Gore.

UB is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts, and the Merrick School of Business. Carroll is a two-year institution that offers associate degrees and certificates in approximately 40 areas of study for career entry and preparation for the baccalaureate degree. Continuing Education and Training offers non-credit workforce development, business training, and lifelong-learning classes. About 12,000 credit and non-credit students take classes at Carroll each year.

Carroll is located at 1601 Washington Rd., in Westminster, Md.


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