Union College, Southeast sign two-plus-two agreement to assist community college students achieve bachelor's degree

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Union College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College embarked on a collaborative effort, signing six (two-plus-two) agreements leading to a bachelor’s degree in a variety of course offerings.

Pictured are: (seated from L-R) Dr. Wheeler Conover, chief academic officer at Southeast; Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., president of Union; Dr. Lynn Moore, president of Southeast; Dr. Paula Allen, professor

“We love the idea of this partnership,” said Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., president of Union College. “We believe this is the best way for students from eastern Kentucky to see their future as an educated citizen of this great Commonwealth."

Union College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College embarked on a collaborative effort, signing six (two-plus-two) agreements leading to a bachelor’s degree in a variety of course offerings.

On Tuesday at the Godbey Appalachian Center on Southeast’s campus, officials from both institutions officially approved a two-plus-two transfer agreement, which will lead to a bachelor’s degree in six different fields of study.

“We love the idea of this partnership,” said Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., president of Union College. “We believe this is the best way for students from eastern Kentucky to see their future as an educated citizen of this great Commonwealth."

“I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to have this opportunity to partner with (Southeast),” Hawkins added.

Students from the community college will complete the first 67-plus hours with SKCTC before going directly to Union to finish their bachelor's degrees in business administration, social work, criminal justice, psychology and the bachelors in middle school science, and/or middle school math and social studies.

Dr. Lynn Moore, president of Southeast, commented, "SKCTC students will enjoy a seamless transfer to Union, and the agreements were developed to increase the opportunities for Southeast graduates to pursue baccalaureate degree programs and to enhance their ability to transfer."

“This is for our students, our communities and our colleges. This is, I hope, one of many more collaborative efforts (between Southeast and Union),” said Moore.

The agreement applies to all five of SKCTC campus, which are located in Cumberland, Harlan, Middlesboro, Pineville, and Whitesburg.

Participating in the signing from Union were Hawkins, Dr. David Johns, Dr. Jim Rubin, Dr. Robert Armour, and Dr. Paula Allen. They were joined by Moore and Dr. Wheeler Conover, the chief academic officer at SKCTC.

Located in Barbourville and founded in 1879, Union College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as an important part of southeastern Kentucky’s rich history and impressive landscape. Home of the Bulldogs, Union is a private, liberal arts institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus a new school of nursing and online learning opportunities. The transformative nature of the liberal arts experience is enhanced at Union due to a particular commitment to personal attention—both in and out of the classroom.

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