January 10, 2018
Northwest Community College (NWCC) business students can now complete their degrees in the United States.
NWCC signed an agreement with Park University. The university, which has a history tracing back to 1875, has 41 campus centres across the United States with its flagship in Parkville, MO near the growing Kansas City area. The University has over 16,000 students and 54 graduate and undergraduate degrees.
Students who complete a two-year business diploma at NWCC are guaranteed admission to complete a Bachelor of Science in Management at Park University in two additional years at the Parkville campus.
Under terms of the agreement tuition and living costs are comparable at Park University to what it would cost to stay in British Columbia to finish a degree.
“Our goal is to provide adventurous pathways coming into our college and going out of College,” said NWCC President Ken Burt. “For each agreement we are signing we want them to be able to access unique courses and to do so in a cost-effective manner.”
This is the fifth international agreement that allows students to start their studies at NWCC and complete their degree elsewhere in the world. Other agreements are already in place in Australia, Denmark, Finland and Portugal.
NWCC students who wish to take other courses at Park University will also be given full consideration. This includes extensive opportunities to study via distance education, which would enable students to stay in Canada while they complete their graduate or undergraduate credential.
As the relationship grows it is expected more guaranteed pathways will be developed into other programs. In particular, it is anticipated students will want to transfer from NWCC’s criminology associate degree to the Park University Criminal Justice program.
“We are excited to welcome NWCC students to Park University,” said Kevin Vicker, Senior Director at Park University. “While we have a guaranteed admission program in place for NWCC business students, we will do all we can to welcome all interested NWCC students to come to our university to any of our 54 degree programs. NWCC students will also be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships."
For more information about degree partnerships and transfer agreements available to students at NWCC, please visit: nwcc.bc.ca/degree-partnerships.
Sarah Zimmerman, APR
Director, Communications & Public Relations