Partnership with Franklin University Offers Minnesota West Community and Technical College Students an Online Bachelor's Degree Option

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College has entered into an agreement with Franklin University to offer students the opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees by combining on-campus courses at Minnesota West with online courses through Franklin.

Many times, adults who have already attained some college credits find that the pressures of work and family responsibilities make it difficult to continue their education to the bachelor’s degree level. Now, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Franklin University have a way to help make a college education more accessible.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has entered into an agreement with Columbus, Ohio-based Franklin University to offer students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees by combining on-campus courses at Minnesota West with online courses through Franklin. A student earns an associate’s degree and completes “bridge” courses through Minnesota West while simultaneously taking online classes through Franklin University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Majors are offered in 24 high-demand fields: Accounting; Allied Healthcare Management; Applied Management; Applied Psychology, Business Administration; Business Forensics; Computer Science; eMarketing; Financial Management; Forensic Accounting; Healthcare Information Systems Management; Healthcare Management; Human Resources Management; Information Technology; Interdisciplinary Studies; Management; Management Information Sciences; Marketing; Operations & Supply Chain Management; Organizational Communication; Public Relations; Public Safety Management; Safety, Security & Emergency Management; and Web Development. Franklin University also offers its innovative MBA and M.S. in Marketing & Communication online. Its M.S. in Computer Science will also be available online beginning in Fall 2010.

Students have responded enthusiastically to the convenient online format and the ability to fit classes into their daily schedules. They have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time and are able to access Franklin’s resources in addition to those at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Franklin’s resources include academic advising, a technology help desk, and a library system. Each student also is assigned a Student Services Associate who provides support and guidance by answering questions about transcripts, financial aid, or even how to purchase textbooks.

About Franklin University
Franklin University serves more than 11,000 students annually through its on-campus programs in Columbus, Ohio and the Community College Alliance. More than 250 community colleges in 32 states have teamed with the university to serve students. In addition to offering 24 undergraduate degree programs online, the over 100-year-old university has three master’s degree programs, including the MBA and M.S. Marketing & Communication now offered in an online format. In 1999, Franklin was named as one of 15 educations organizations nationwide for a U.S. Department of Education pilot project, which ensures that federal financial aid is available to students pursuing college degrees through distance learning.

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