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Specs Howard School and Rochester College Renew Articulation Agreement

Specs Howard School of Media Arts and Rochester College are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their educational partnership and the matriculation of more than 400 students by signing a renewed articulation agreement between the two schools.

The new agreement will allow for the transfer of more credits between the educational institutions. The announcement was made by Lisa Zahodne, president, Specs Howard School of Media Arts, and Dr. John Barton, provost, Rochester College.

Under terms of the new agreement, Rochester College will accept up to 33 hours of transfer credit hours from Specs Howard, up from 24 credit hours, marking one of the highest credit transfers options in Michigan higher education. The arrangement applies to students seeking Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication degrees.

“Our longstanding relationship with Rochester College has been precedent-setting and significant,” said Zahodne. “More importantly, we are ensuring our students are well-prepared for rewarding careers by expanding their educational options.”

Added Barton: “In today’s competitive environment, securing a well-rounded education is paramount. Our partnership with Specs Howard School has proven uniquely beneficial to hundreds of individuals over the years; providing both a rich educational experience and a solid, practical foundation for work and life.”

The schools offer two unique ways to benefit from the synergies of their agreement:
* Students can begin their education in Broadcast Media Arts, Graphic Design or Digital Media Arts with Specs Howard and apply their diploma toward completion of a four-year degree at Rochester College.

* Mass Communication students at Rochester College matriculate into Specs Howard to complete their coursework there during their Junior Year.

“By having two different methods of credits transfer, students are presented with a wider range of options in how they would like to engage their academic careers,” said Zahodne.

Students can achieve their diploma through Specs Howard programs and work in the industry while finishing their two- or four-year degree at Rochester College. Or, if a degree is their primary focus, students have the opportunity to benefit from the educational resources of both schools, ensuring both time and financial efficiencies.

About Specs Howard School
The Specs Howard School of Media Arts, based in Southfield, Mich., has been one of the nation’s leading private communications schools since 1970. Offering undergraduate programs of study in Broadcast Media Arts, Graphic Design, and Digital Media Arts, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC). For more information about the school, visit

About Rochester College
Founded in 1959, Rochester College is an accredited, independent liberal arts college that pursues academic excellence in a Christian setting. With more than 1,200 students, both in traditional, adult learning and early college programs, RC offers bachelor degree programs at four locations and a master’s degree in religious education. For more information about Rochester College, visit