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Centralia College partners with Brandman University
Posted: 3/21/2011

Jim Walton and Gary BrahmCentralia College students now have another option when it comes to transferring to a four-year university. The college signed an Early Advantage Program (EAP) agreement with Brandman University, initiating a partnership that gives Centralia College students access to Brandman services. Brandman maintains campuses in California and Washington; the nearest is in Lacey.

Photo Left: Dr. Jim Walton (left), president, Centralia College, and Gary Brahm, chancellor, Brandman University

By enrolling in the EAP, Centralia College students will be able to map their education pathway to Brandman and may take Brandman classes as needed to ensure timely completion of their associate degree at Centralia College. EAP participants will have access to Brandman's enhanced academic and other services including advising, information sessions, technology support, and education plans. It will also allow students to lock in their academic catalog year, allowing them to transfer all completed coursework contained in the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Brandman offers a 10 percent tuition discount to Centralia College students when they transfer and will waive all Brandman application fees for students participating in the EAP.

To support the partnership, Brandman University is launching a Virtual Transfer Program (VTP) with Centralia College. This comes in the form of a Web page that is available to students looking to transfer to complete their four-year degree. It is an interactive initiative that allows the student to download a completed education plan and know exactly what courses will transfer to a Brandman degree. To view the VTP partnership page visit

“This is a partnership that helps our students. It continues our efforts to provide as many options as possible for those who plan to go onto a four-year university,” said Dr. Jim Walton, Centralia College president. “This partnership gives our students access to a quality university that offers a very broad range of four-year degrees.”

The idea for the partnership began when Greg Gilberston, an associate professor in the Centralia College criminal justice program, was talking with a Brandman official about the need to increase transfer options for Centralia College criminal justice students. The idea of the partnership soon followed.

One of the strengths of Brandman University is that it is designed for working professionals and/or individuals who have commitments during the day and need to access evening classes. The university enrolls more than 6,000 students each session. Brandman offers more than 200 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and also has credential and certificate programs.


March 25, 2011 9:59 PM
Great photo! Great partnership!

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