Ottawa University Moraine Park Agreement Announced
Moraine Park Technical College and Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kan.) have joined together to address what has been called “a national priority” – access to an affordable four-year college degree. Ottawa University opened one of the nation’s first adult-learning campuses in Kansas City in 1974 and expanded to the Milwaukee area in 1994. Located in Brookfield, Ottawa University has announced its partnership with Moraine Park to create an education pathway for adult learners that begins at the technical college and moves to Ottawa University for completion of a bachelor’s degree.
As part of the partnership, Ottawa University is extending its generous transfer policy to Moraine Park students for up to 80 credit hours. Of the 124 credit hours required to complete a bachelor’s degree, the remaining 44 upper division credit hours are taken at Ottawa University and can be completed in less than two years. Students who opt for this pathway are given a scholarship at Ottawa University that allows them to earn a bachelor’s degree for under $25,000 in total.
“Just as Moraine Park Technical College takes the degrees we offer to our students very seriously in both their academic rigor and viability relating to employment outcomes and opportunities, the same is true for the credit transfer agreements we offer. They need to have value for our students,” said Dr. James Eden, Moraine Park’s vice president of academic affairs. “The agreement with Ottawa University offers value in that it allows our students to achieve success with us first by completing their associate of applied science degrees and then, if they wish to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree, they can seamlessly and affordably do that with Ottawa.”
“This partnership reflects our mission of bringing meaningful education opportunities to adult learners,” said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University. “Together, Ottawa University and Moraine Park Technical College are able to collaboratively give adult learners access to education that can change their lives at a very affordable cost. It’s an innovative approach and reflects the respect we have for the education offered by Moraine Park Technical College.”
For more information about the transfer program, visit www.transferadvantage.com/mptc.
Photo Caption: Moraine Park Technical College and Ottawa University have partnered to create an educational pathway for adult learners, allowing for students to have up to 80 earned credits from Moraine Park transfer to Ottawa University. Signing the transfer agreement for their respective colleges were (left) Dr. Joyce Caldwell, Associate University Provost & Dean of Instruction at Ottawa University, and Dr. James Eden, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moraine Park Technical College.