WVNCC, WVU talk partnership

WHEELING – Students at West Virginia Northern Community College will have the opportunity to complete a degree online thanks to a partnership between the school and West Virginia University.

WVU Online and Academic Innovation Staff were on hand Tuesday to offer information and answer questions in the B&O Building lobby for interested students. The event was an effort to inform potential students, particularly those wishing to complete their degree online, about WVU’s Baccalaureate Pathway Program.

The program allows students to transfer up to 72 credit hours of general education courses and select three out of 18 available online minors to design a personalized multidisciplinary studies degree. Strategic social media and forensic and investigative science, two new minors WVU recently added to its offerings, are available through the program.

The WVNCC and WVU connection is one of the WVU’s multiple partnerships with community and technical colleges to provide students with flexible learning options. WVU encourages students to complete their associate’s degree prior to beginning the B.A. Pathway Program.

WVU’s student support coordinator, Melissa Kelley, noted the university is targeting a different audience than traditional students.

“People entering this program are typically older, have careers and family, and don’t want to leave their current area,” Kelley said. “Technology has enabled this audience to continue education without worrying about location.”

Rishira Dille, WVU’s development advising specialist, added the convenience of distance learning does not equal a decrease in student-adviser connectivity.

“One of the things that many students say is how much support they receive in an online program compared to most campuses,” Dille said.

In addition to its B.A. Pathway Program, WVU provides other flexible graduate and undergraduate tracks for its online programs. Degrees and certificates, including options like a master of arts in elementary education and a software engineering graduate certificate, are available.

For more information regarding WVU Online and Academic Innovation, visit online.wvu.edu.