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UI, WITCC to offer on-site bachelor degrees

Monday, June 15, 2009

IOWA CITY - The University of Iowa has partnered with Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to bring UI course work to these community college campuses in Fall 2009.

Graduates who have earned Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Arts degrees may take two UI classes during the fall and spring semesters. The courses are designed to assist community college graduates who wish to pursue a UI bachelor's degree.

Kirkwood and Western Iowa Tech are the third and fourth Iowa community colleges the UI has teamed up with to make courses available on their local campuses.

Classes will be offered in a blended, online format with optional face-to-face support and discussion sections. The partnership allows students to pursue one of two distance degree opportunities: the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) or the Bachelor of Liberal Studies. These degree programs offer students several opportunities for study including the following tracks: General Studies, Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurial Management. An additional track in Justice Studies is currently under development.

"This partnership extends the reach of the university and allows students from across Iowa the opportunity to earn a Big Ten degree," said Chet Rzonca, dean of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

UI Division of Continuing Education advisors will visit each community college on a regular basis to help students plan a course of study and achieve their educational goals.

"A lot of people who graduate at community colleges become place-bound," Rzonca said. "They are not about to pick up their roots and come to Iowa City, and so the program allows more people to continue on their path for higher education, making them more competitive in the job market."

Robert Dunker, president of Western Iowa Tech, said he was confident the partnership would be highly beneficial to area students.

"The opportunity to earn a University of Iowa bachelor's degree right here in Sioux City has been a dream of many for a long time," Dunker said. "Western Iowa Tech is proud to partner with the University of Iowa to make this a reality. The college will do whatever is necessary to make this a seamless and successful learning opportunity for Siouxland students. Western Iowa Tech has always been 'the best place to start' and now students will be able to end with a Hawkeye bachelor's degree."



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