It's the first such agreement between a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university and a community college, according to the schools' officials.
Under the new agreement, students who complete at least 15 credits at MCCC will have the opportunity to transfer credits they earn at Kutztown back to Montgomery in order to earn an associate's degree in a parallel field en route to earning a bachelor's degree.
"The associate's degree has value and is an important credential for community college students," said Karen A. Stout, MCCC's president. "By earning an associate's degree, students demonstrate their ability to complete an area of study, which can help them in the job market or with career advancement while pursing their baccalaureate degree."
Close to 70 percent of MCCC students enter the college each year with plans to transfer to a four-year institution, and Kutztown is a popular choice, said officials, who noted that 182 of the college's students transferred an average 44 credits to KU last year.
Officials with both KU and MCCC said they envision their agreement will serve as a model partnership for state system institutions and community colleges.
This is also not the first time MCCC and KU have partnered with each other. In 2007, Montgomery became the first community college with which Kutztown signed a dual-admissions and core-to-core transfer agreement.
"Kutztown University is excited to once again partner with Montgomery County Community College in developing another program to benefit students of our region," said Carlos Vargas-Aburto, KU's acting president. "Serving students is at the core of all that we do, and this is truly a student-centric program."