Utica College continues to build on its economic crime programs, becoming the first college in the nation to partner with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Suzanne Lynch, a professor of practice and chair of UC's online economic crime programs says the partnership is important for both current students and for those thinking of entering the program.

"The students who are taking these types of courses as part of their curriculum are able to take the certification tests much sooner and at a significant discount, as well," Lynch said. "ECI students can graduate with their Bachelor of Science, as well as their CAMS certification, which gives them a great entryway into the marketplace."

Students taking part in the school's Economic Crime programs will receive free student membership into the group for two years, along with a chance to take the ACAMS certification exam at a reduced price. Current members of the group also receive a ten percent discount on tuition and waived application fees when they apply.

Lynch also notes that students graduating with the certification can earn about 30 percent more than those without it.

"They're two to three years ahead than a student graduating from any other type of program," Lynch said. "The certification and ACAMS feel that the program, the content and what we teach here at the college give our students far more information."

ACAMS has more than 17,000 members in more than 160 countries.