Students in the greater Wenatchee area will now be able to complete four years of education without moving away from their community. Heritage University and Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) are joining forces, bringing bachelor’s degree programs to the community college.
Starting fall semester 2015, students graduating from WVC with a transferable associate degree will be able to enroll directly into one of three
Heritage bachelor’s degree programs being offered on the community college campus. Students will be able to choose from business administration, criminal justice and early childhood studies.
WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson is elated about the additional opportunities this partnership provides to Wenatchee Valley residents eager
to earn four-year college degrees while remaining in their home town.
“The more opportunities we can create for higher education in the Valley, the more reasons our residents have to stay and thrive here,” he said.
The Wenatchee Valley is located in the heart of central Washington state. This agricultural city, famous for being the “Apple Capitol of the World,” is one of many Washington townships where residents live and work far from universities that provide bachelor’s and
master’s degrees. Dr. John Bassett, president of Heritage University, points to the institution’s long, successful history of partnering with community colleges to bring bachelor’s degree programs to educationally isolated communities.
“For so many bright and talented people, the cost of leaving home, and uprooting their families is a price that is too high to pay, even for something as life-changing as earning a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “Partnerships like this benefit our students, who can
achieve their goals without sacrificing that which is most important to them, and our communities that need these talented, educated people to build
strong futures for all.”
The two colleges kicked off their new partnership with a ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding and celebratory barbeque for faculty, staff, students and the community in April. Recruiting for the first year of WVC to Heritage students is now underway, with the first cohorts
expected to begin fall semester
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