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NKU, JCTC partner to expand access to education

Will help more students attain bachelor’s degrees

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (April 28, 2016) — Northern Kentucky University and Jefferson Community and Technical College are partnering for a program called JCTC2NKU, designed to make earning a bachelor’s degree more seamless, efficient, and affordable.

The program, which will launch this fall, creates a series of degree pathways that begin with enrollment at JCTC and end with a bachelor’s degree from NKU. Students can complete an associate’s degree at JCTC in two years, then seamlessly transfer to NKU to obtain a bachelor’s degree in an additional two years.

JCTC2NKU will offset the biggest barrier to pursuing a bachelor’s degree—cost—by allowing students to take up to four NKU courses at JCTC’s tuition rate. Students can also receive personalized advising at JCTC and NKU to ease the transfer process.

JCTC2NKU is modeled upon existing dual partnership programs in the Greater Cincinnati region: in 2013, NKU and Gateway Community and Technical College launched Gateway2NKU; and in 2014, NKU and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College launched CState2NKU. More than 320 students are enrolled in the programs today.

Students pursing an Associate of Arts, Science, or Applied Science degree program are eligible to participate in JCTC2NKU. Students must take at least six credit hours at JCTC, be enrolled in an Academic Program Plan (APPs, or degree pathways), and maintain good academic and financial standing at both institutions.

Through dual enrollment, students in the program can participate in activities and services at both JCTC and NKU, such as tutoring, academic advising, student organizations, intramural sports, and NKU’s Campus Recreation Center and Steely Library.