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Kansas State University, Johnson County Community College partnership brings bachelor's degrees within closer reach

Posted on Oct. 3rd, 2013
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MANHATTAN, KAN. -- Residents in Overland Park, Kan. and surrounding areas have a clearer path to completing a Kansas State University bachelor's degree through Johnson County Community College thanks to curriculum agreements between the two institutions.

These agreements, called 2+2s, allow students to complete their first two years at the community college, and their remaining two years completing a bachelor's degree through Kansas State University distance education. Students can complete a bachelor's degree in a variety of disciplines under the agreements currently in place through the partnership.

"The most important aspect of the agreement between Johnson County Community College and Kansas State University is the way it helps students meet their educational goals," said Joseph Sopcich, president of the community college. "It helps both institutions meet their completion goals as well. An agreement that provides such benefits to all parties is a truly great partnership."

The university's growing number of 2+2s helps meet a statewide need for more adults to complete a bachelor's degree, contributing to an increasingly educated Kansas workforce. Agreements between Johnson County Community College and Kansas State University make the degree more accessible and attainable for area students who are unable to travel to the university's campuses.

"K-State is proud to take a leadership role in addressing access to college degree completion," said Sue Maes, dean of continuing education at the university. "A bachelor's degree not only broadens career opportunities, but also helps improve the contributions individuals can make to the Overland Park community."

Through Kansas State University's 2+2 agreements with Johnson County Community College, individuals with backgrounds in general studies or liberal arts can combine their course work to achieve a bachelor's in interdisciplinary social science. Others with a concentration in hotel and lodging management can complete a technology management bachelor's degree, while those pursuing food and beverage management can complete either a bachelor's in food science and industry or in technology management. Students completing an associate of arts at the community college can obtain a bachelor's degree in general business from the university.

Kansas State University has 2+2 agreements in place with all 19 Kansas community colleges that lead to bachelor's degrees in general business, technology management and interdisciplinary social science. Many additional agreements are in development.

View degree maps for each 2+2 option with Johnson County Community College and learn more about Kansas State University's distance education options at http://www.dce.k-state.edu/affiliations/2+2/johnson/.