Mt. San Jacinto College and Chapman University College sign Early Advantage agreement

Officials from Mt. San Jacinto Community College and Chapman University College signed an agreement Thursday, April 16, 2009 that ensures that students who participate in the Early Advantage Program are automatically guaranteed acceptance to Chapman University College upon completion of their associate’s degree.

Chapman Chancellor Gary Brahm and Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent/President Roger Schultz signed the agreement and unveiled the details during a news conference at MSJC’s Temecula Education Complex, where Chapman will lease space for classes.

“Chapman University College is pleased to enter into this partnership with Mt. San Jacinto College to meet the educational needs of students living in the Temecula area,” Chancellor Brahm said. “We look forward to working together to help make the transition between Mt. San Jacinto College and Chapman University Collage as easy as possible for students so they can achieve their educational goals.”

“The Early Advantage Program is an exciting opportunity for residents of southwest Riverside County to get a quality education close to home,” President Schultz said. “The program shows MSJC’s commitment to providing education in the I-15 Corridor. And it means MSJC students can earn an associate’s degree and seamlessly transition to Chapman for a bachelor’s degree right here at the Temecula Education Complex.”

Under the Early Advantage agreement, students will be guaranteed acceptance to Chapman once they complete their associate’s degree at MSJC. MSJC students will be able to enroll in the program in Fall 2009 and earn a Chapman University College bachelor of arts degree in applied or liberal studies, organizational leadership, psychology, social science or early childhood development through classes at the Temecula Education Complex.

Chapman has also entered into a lease agreement with MSJC in order to hold Chapman classes at MSJC’s Temecula Education Complex. The Temecula Education Complex is a 28,353-square-foot building on Enterprise Circle West in Temecula.

Under the lease agreement, Chapman University College will sub-lease five classes and three offices for a total of 3,875 square feet. Chapman University College will pay $6,393.75 a month, which will help offset the $46,782.45 monthly rent MSJC pays for the facility, said Dr. George Kozitza, MSJC’s vice president of Business Services.

The lease agreement runs through Jan. 31, 2011. Chapman University College will lease the space for the same $1.65 a square foot that MSJC is paying, and will also reimburse MSJC for utilities and maintenance costs.

For more information, contact Janet McCurdy at Mt. San Jacinto College at 951- 487-3280 or or call the Temecula Education Complex at 951-506-6752. Chapman University College can be reached by calling Jalin A. Brooks at 951-697-0111 or

From left to right: Chapman University Chancellor Gary Brahm, Mt. San Jacinto College Board President Joan Sparkman and Supertintendent/President Roger Schultz sign the Early Advantage agreement.