Published on 2013/03/08

College Partnership Trend Surfaces

Higher education leaders in Oregon and Georgia have recently formed in-state partnerships that will better-support community colleges students who wish to make the transition to a four-year bachelor’s degree upon earning their two-year credential.

In Oregon, the partnership, initiated by Linfield College Adult Degree Program, is a dual enrollment for students attending Chemeketa Community College, Portland Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College or Tillamook Bay Community College. The partnership, announced last week, is intended to allow interested adult students a smooth transition through their post-secondary career from an associate’s degree at any of the four participating colleges to a bachelor’s degree program at Linfield College.

Not only will the partnership help alleviate the overall cost of higher education attainment for adult students attending these institutions, it is also expected that students can minimize the threat of losing credits while a transfer takes place.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, a similar partnership was announced between the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Independent College Association. The partnership will allow the transfer of general educational credits between various technical colleges and private universities in the state.

“[The] initiative is right in line with getting the students to complete, so they can get that higher education, get that advanced degree and most importantly, get the skills that are needed in the job force,” Craig Wentworth, president of Southwest Georgia Technical College, told WCTV (Tallahassee, Florida).

The efforts that have been recently introduced by these institutions are geared towards helping increase the number of Americans with higher education credentials.

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