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EGCC and KSU team up to expand opportunities for students

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Eastern Gateway College and Kent State University are teaming up to expand opportunities for thousands of students.

The partnership was announced Wednesday and promises to create new access to courses and degrees.

Leaders from both institutions met at Eastern Gateway's Steubenville campus to sign the agreement and celebrate the new collaboration, which will they say will increase educational opportunities and access for students throughout the four counties Eastern Gateway serves.
"We are excited about the partnership with Kent State University that will enhance opportunities for all students at our Steubenville Campus and will increase articulated pathways from EGCC to Kent State," said Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce, Ed.D.

The partnership will link Eastern Gateway's Associate of Arts degree to Kent State's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree, and Eastern Gateway's Associate of Arts degree into Kent State's Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree.

Students will also be able to complete the Technical and Applied Studies degree with a concentration on Insurance Studies.

The institutions said additional pathways will be determined in the future based on student interest in various study areas.

In addition, Kent State will house a physical advising center at Eastern Gateway's Steubenville campus, which will serve to educate students on Kent State programs and provide guidance for students looking to transfer after completing their associate degree programs at Eastern Gateway.

They said this eliminates the guesswork for students who are interested in transferring from Eastern Gateway to Kent State to complete their four-year degrees.

They will have a pathway map of courses leading their studies from Eastern Gateway to Kent State and to achieving a bachelor's degree.

The two institutions met a year ago to discuss how they could work together.

They said they discovered the two schools share many program pathways that could be linked to form a progression from an associate to bachelor's degree for students studying at Eastern Gateway.

"Look no further than our innovative new partnership with Eastern Gateway, which brings together our unique capabilities to open new doors for more students who aspire to earn a four-year degree but may otherwise miss the opportunity," said Kent State President Beverly J. Warren.

The degree pathways and new advising will begin in 2019.

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