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Elementary education bachelor completion coming to Somerset

SOMERSET, Ky. — Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the University Center of Southern Kentucky (UCSK) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to offer a 2+2 Elementary Education degree completion in Somerset and the Lake Cumberland Region.

Beginning Fall 2022, students can complete an associate degree through Somerset Community College (SCC) and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through WKU. All courses will be offered at the SCC Campus, Laurel Campus, or four SCC centers in Casey, Clinton, McCreary, and Russell counties through a combination of in-person and hybrid formats. Graduates will be certified teachers for grades P-5.

Dr. Timothy Caboni, WKU President, stated that WKU embraces students learning from a distance and understands the importance of addressing the needs of regional communities.

“We must work with our key stakeholders to reimagine possibilities, and we must aggressively provide solutions,” said Caboni.

“This program provides a clear example of how strong partnerships benefit our students, our communities, and our Commonwealth.”

Castle echoed that sentiment and said he is confident this partnership will have a positive impact for years to come.

“We look forward to working closely with WKU to help a wide variety of students to not only begin a very important career but benefit their future students as they become teachers at our elementary schools,” stated Castle.

“SCC, the UCSK, and WKU are continuing to work together to help students succeed and we look forward to more partnerships in the future.”

With the addition of Elementary Education, WKU now offers four-degree completion programs in the Somerset region through a partnership with the UCSK. Two years ago, they signed agreements to offer Sociology, Criminology, and Management at WKU in Somerset.

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