SOMERSET, Ky. — If you’re a Somerset Community College student, potential student, or former student who would like to earn your four-year college degree without leaving this area, then Dr. Korey Bruck has a deal for you.
As the new director for SCC’s University Center of Southern Kentucky, Bruck says the partnership formed with other postsecondary educational institutions is “extremely unique.”
“I don’t want any student to miss out on a great opportunity,” he says, “and if a student doesn’t at least consider what our University Center has to offer, I believe they’re missing a great opportunity.”
What the University Center has to offer is that after completing a two-year degree at SCC, students can remain here and choose from a partnering university to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree. Current partners are Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University.
“A degree makes a huge difference,” says the 33-year-old Bruck (pronounced like Truck with a B). “If I can just be ‘the word’. If I can get students to at least look into (the University Center), I know at the end of the day I’ve done a good job.”
He says that as more students investigate the partnership, more students will recognize the benefits. Besides continuing an education close to home at an affordable cost, University Center students also have access to several support services. Bruck says that taking advantage of the partnership is “a great way to avoid student debt.”
Although Bruck has been involved in education, advising and retention for several years at EKU and the University of the Cumberlands, he says that coming into the new position mid-semester is like “drinking from a fire hydrant.” And continues with a smile, “But I like to stay hydrated.” The educator will rotate between Somerset and Laurel campuses and says the new position “is a great fit and an awesome opportunity to help more students.”
A native of Beaver Creek, Ohio, the new director is no stranger to south-central Kentucky.
Bruck earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from EKU and in December 2021 received a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Student Services from University of the Cumberlands.
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