Trine accepted as transfer partner for AZ colleges

ANGOLA, Ind. – Maricopa (Ariz.) Community Colleges have approved Trine University as a transfer partner for programs in Peoria, Ariz. The partnership will allow Trine to accept credits earned by students attending Glendale Community College, or any of the other nine Maricopa schools.

In October, Trine announced it was partnering with the city of Peoria to open a campus this spring in that city, a suburb of Phoenix. Trine expects to have nearly 200 students attending the Peoria campus this fall.

MCC, a system of 10 colleges and two skill centers, enrolls more than 265,000 students each year. Last fall, 44 percent of the students reported that they intend to transfer.

A letter of intent between Trine University and Glendale Community College, which serves more than 20,000 students, was signed Feb. 21 in Peoria by Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., and Glendale president Irene Kovala, Ph.D.

"Our agreement with Glendale Community College shows our commitment to working with Peoria and students from the West Valley," said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. "We are determined to duplicate our success in Peoria, and know we are on the right track by partnering with MCC."

"We are stronger together than either of us are separately," Kovala told the Daily News-Sun in Sun City, Ariz. "Having Trine here for our students is a match made in heaven, as far as I am concerned."

Trine plans to offer a variety of majors, including engineering, in areas that are in line with Peoria's 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study and Economic Development Implementation Strategy.

In addition to biomedical, civil and mechanical engineering, Trine will offer bachelor degrees in applied management, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, emergency management, engineering technology, general studies and psychology. Trine will offer master's degrees in criminal justice, engineering and leadership. In all, 34 areas of study will be offered.

Ninety-five percent of engineering students who graduated from Trine last year were either employed or in graduate schools within six months of graduation. The overall placement rate for Trine is 92 percent.

Peoria is approximately 15 miles northwest of Phoenix and has more than 154,000 residents. For more information about Peoria, visit

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