- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Anna Maria College and Quinsigamond Community College are offering future students a 2-for-1 deal of sorts.

The Worcester-area schools recently announced an agreement in which students can first earn an associate degree in public service majors at Quinsigamond, then be guaranteed admission to Anna Maria for their junior and senior years and a chance to complete a four-year degree.

Majors include criminal justice, fire science and emergency management, human services and social work.

The schools say the total cost to students for both degrees would be $40,000, a relative bargain in academic terms.

The initiative is called Higher Education and Active Responsiveness through Transfer, or H.E.A.R.T. for short. The schools plan to begin accepting students into the program for the fall 2016 semester.

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