Release Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Charleston, W.Va. – University of Charleston President Edwin Welch and Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College (KVCTC) President Joseph Badgley today signed an articulation and 2 + 2 agreement which allows KVCTC students to easily transition into select bachelor’s degree programs at UC after completing an associate’s degree. The signing took place today on the KVCTC campus located in the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, W.Va.
“We are very happy to sign this articulation agreement today with Kanawha Valley Career & Technical College,” said Dr. Welch. “This partnership is a natural fit. Our proximity makes it easy for high-achieving KVCTC students to continue their college careers through our national-recognized curriculum and earn a bachelor’s, or even a master’s degree.”
The articulation agreement will enable KVCTC students the ability to better plan their academic careers and minimize credit loss when transferring to UC to earn their baccalaureate degrees. Transfer students will be eligible to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in just two years, and in many cases move directly into one of UC’s graduate programs, such as the Master of Business Administration and Leadership, Master of Strategic Leadership or Master of Forensic Accounting.
“The response from students when told of this agreement possibility has been very positive,” said President Badgley. “Many students in paralegal studies and other business fields want to continue their education after they finish at KVCTC. This agreement shows them a bachelor’s degree is within reach and gives them a goal to work toward.”
KVCTC students who serve in the U.S. Army or Air National Guard and transfer to UC will be eligible for the Golden Eagle Scholarship. The scholarship will provide $8,500 per year in tuition assistance, while the State of West Virginia provides a $6,500 educational stipend to National Guard members, and the federal government provides $4,500 per year in tuition assistance to active members of the Army National Guard. The $8,500 in scholarship aid from UC will mean that members of the Army National Guard can attend UC tuition-free.
In addition to the National Guard scholarship, the University of Charleston participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition benefits to veterans.
The University of Charleston is a private, independent college based in Charleston, W.Va. The University recently announced the opening of new locations in Beckley, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va., and online which will open January 1, 2013. The 2012-13 academic year marks UC’s 125th anniversary as an academic institution.