Roane State associate degree graduates and those with 60 credit hours can obtain a bachelor’s degree in 18 months under an innovative new partnership between Roane State Community College and Bellevue University.
In the program, 100 percent of associate degree credits transfer to the fully accredited, non-profit, four-year university located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Credits aren’t lost, and classes don’t have to be retaken.
A grand opening celebration for Bellevue will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Atrium at the Oak Ridge campus, which is at 701 Briarcliff Avenue. All are invited, a press release said.
Students who attend the grand opening will have the opportunity to enter to win one of two $1,000 grants. Free refreshments will be provided.
Bellevue offers more than 30 undergraduate concentrations, all online, the press release said. Bachelor’s degrees are available in everything from accounting to Web development.
Some classes can be started at any time, while others in the cohort program feature six-week-long classes spread out over 72 weeks, said Tammy Watts, the relationship manager for Bellevue’s partnership with Roane State.
“I’m not aware of other institutions having as many undergraduate offerings,” she said.
“The goal of the partnership is to provide Roane State graduates—particularly busy, working adults—with a clear pathway to complete bachelor’s degrees online in an accelerated format,” Watts said.
Watts’ office is room 242 of the Goff Building on Roane State’s Oak Ridge Campus, and she is also in Room 201 of the Technology Building on the Harriman campus on Thursday afternoons. Her phone number is (865) 320-4226, and her email is [email protected].
Her job includes marketing the program, recruiting prospective students, and helping with admissions, the press release said.
Watts said the 25-year-old university has more than 50 partnerships with other colleges nationwide, including three other Tennessee institutions: Pellissippi State Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.
Bellevue is “military-friendly” and initially offered online courses to troops being deployed overseas, Watts said in the press release. Tuition is $250 per credit hour for active military personnel and $410 per hour for all others. Registration is one time only. There is no application fee and no transfer fee.
For more information, contact Watts at (865) 320-4226 or [email protected].
This press release was submitted by Owen Driskill.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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