KSU, EGCC partner for degree programs

Submitted photo On hand for the joining of Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College are (from left) Lance Grahn, dean and CAO of Kent State Trumbull; Larry Froehlich, assistant to the vice president for Kent State System Integration; Donald Bean, assistant director of enrollment management and student service at Kent State East Liverpool; Dr. David Dees, dean and CAO of Kent State East Liverpool and Salem; Bev Warren, president of Kent State University; Melanie DiCarlo, director of articulation and transfer at EGCC; Jimmie Bruce, president of EGCC; Melissa Cope, business manager for Kent State Columbiana County; Nate Ritchey, vice president of Kent State System Integration and dean of Regional College; Thomas Graham, EGCC faculty and chair of the Jefferson County Commission; and Tim Pagliari, project director for Kent State System Integration.

STEUBENVILLE — Kent State and Eastern Gateway Community College have formed a strategic partnership that will create new access to courses and degrees for students beginning in 2019.

Leaders from both institutions met Wednesday at EGCC’s Steubenville campus to sign the agreement.

The first two conjoined educational pathways will link EGCC’s associate of arts degree to two Kent State programs: the bachelor of science in information technology degree and bachelor of technical and applied studies degree. Students will also be able to complete the technical and applied studies degree with a concentration in insurance studies.

Additional pathways will be determined in the future, based on student interest in various study areas.

In addition to course offerings, Kent State will house a physical advising center at EGCC’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 EGCC.

The new partnership will eliminate the guesswork for students who are interested in transferring from EGCC to Kent State to complete their four-year degrees. They will have a pathway map of courses leading their studies from EGCC to Kent State and to achieving a bachelor’s degree.

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