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4 colleges unite to help students attain degrees

A partnership between two community colleges and two universities will keep students on a pathway to a college degree with a variety of transfer agreements that will benefit students whose journey to higher education may have been interrupted.

Entitled “It’s Not Over,” the pilot project brings together Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College, Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University to create opportunities for students seeking an associate degree and ultimately a bachelor’s degree.

Students who were not retained by Kutztown or East Stroudsburg and are in the community college service areas will receive information to help them navigate their credits to their designated community colleges, otherwise known as reverse transfer, to earn an associate degree. They will be encouraged to use that degree to transfer back to the university to earn their bachelor’s degree.

In addition, students who earned more than 60 credits from one of the universities more than five years ago will receive information on how to move those credits to the community college for an associate degree and then a subsequent bachelor’s, or to earn credits that will transfer. Students will need to meet a 15-credit residency requirement at the community college.

For information on “It’s Not Over,” contact:

• Lehigh Carbon Community College Office of Admissions: 610-799-1575, Admissions@LCCC.edu;

• Northampton Community College Office of Admissions: 610-861-5300, adminfo@northampton.edu;

• East Stroudsburg University: Kizzy Morris, associate provost for student success, 570-422-3880, kmorris@esu.edu

• Kutztown University Office of Admissions: 610-683-4060, admissions@kutztown.edu.