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Rider, Mercer schools partner on supply-chain management studies

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Rider University, in Lawrenceville, and Mercer County Community College announced last week the creation of a dual-admission agreement for students who major in global supply-chain management.

Under the agreement, MCCC students meeting certain requirements including a 2.5 grade-point average and an associate's degree in business administration with a supply chain concentration, can apply for transfer admission to Rider.

"We are responding to the financial challenges that many families are facing as a result of the economic downturn," said Steven Lorenzet, dean of Rider's college of business administration. "We believe the program will be a very attractive option as it makes the four-year degree more affordable. It also provides greater access to an emerging field, where according to labor statistics, there will be considerable demand for many years to come."

The global supply-chain major at Rider, which was launched in September 2009, has 55 students enrolled, and an information session conducted by Rider at MCCC drew more than 40 students. All of the global supply-chain majors who have graduated from Rider since the program began have obtained positions in their field, according to the school.

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