(WWLP) – American International College and Holyoke Community College officially signed an Articulation Agreement Thursday, establishing a close academic relationship between the two institutions.

This partnership will allow seamless transitions for two-year-degree students from HCC into four-year programs at AIC.

The agreement saves students time and money by putting them on the right course track that’ll match up to what credits they’ll need to complete at AIC.

HCC president Dr. Christina Royal, told 22News that this close academic relationship is all about student success.

“And, ultimately completion is the goal. Students are taking courses because they want to prepare themselves for career paths or career changes and to be able to continue on in that journey,” she expressed.

The program is called Direct Connect and allows students to study and major in areas of interest while attending community college. Not only does this agreement keep students on track to complete courses on time, it’ll also save them money.

Transfer students from HCC to AIC will automatically receive a $4,000 scholarship before any need-based aid is awarded.

Unlike some other transfer articulation agreements, this one allows students to major in their area of interest while attending their community college.