Northampton Community College (NCC) and nonprofit, accredited Western Governors University (WGU) announced the signing of an agreement that creates pathways for NCC employees, graduates, and students to earn a WGU degree.  As part of the agreement, WGU will apply credit earned at the associate level at NCC toward a bachelor’s degree at WGU. In addition, NCC employees, graduates, and students will be able to apply for specially designated WGU Community College Partner Scholarships.

“This innovative partnership constitutes a milestone for our students and employees,” said Farah Bennani, dean of NCC’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. “The NCC-WGU agreement is another advancement in long-term education planning for our students. We have eliminated the challenges of transferring from a community college to a four-year university, thus improving our students’ chance of overall success while supporting state and national completion goals. This partnership also validates our programs.”

WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, information technology, K-12 education, and healthcare, including nursing. WGU’s competency-based, high-quality and low-cost learning model allows students to accelerate at their own pace. Asynchronous courses allow students to log in and study whenever their schedules permit. Tuition is around $3,250 per six-month term for most undergraduate degree programs, and students can take as many courses per term as they and their mentors are comfortable with.

“Partnering with Northampton Community College will make it possible for their graduates and employees to complete their degree at a low cost, without disrupting their lives,” said Regional Vice President Rebecca Watts, Ph.D.  “After they are admitted and enroll at WGU, our online, competency-based model allows working adults to advance their careers, with personalized support from a faculty mentor.”            

Watts continued, “At a time when so many people are in need of higher education opportunities that align with employer and industry needs, WGU is thrilled to partner with NCC to advance our mission of providing higher education access to historically-underrepresented communities, like working adults.”

WGU degree programs include undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity, human resource management, data management/data analytics, information technology management, business management and leadership, nursing and healthcare management. To learn more, go to www.wgu.edu.

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