Central Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan University earlier this week renewed their "CCC Pathways to NWU" educational program.
The partnership is intended to provide two pathways to degree completion and extends a financial benefit for each respective pathway.
NWU President Darrin Good, who is serving in his first year as president, and CCC President Matt Gotschall made it official by putting pen to paper on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Columbus campus.
"It's really an opportunity for the new (NWU) president to get out and see some of the partners that Nebraska Wesleyan has and we've certainly been a strong partner for several years," Gotschall said.
The Pathway Scholarship provides two ways to degree completion at Nebraska Wesleyan with financial benefits including a $15,000 scholarship to every admitted CCC student to NUW's traditional undergraduate program or a reduced tuition rate of $25 per credit hour to those who enroll in the accelerated bachelor's degree-completion program for working adults in Lincoln or Omaha.
Eligible transfer students must have completed at least 12 CCC credit hours prior to applying for scholarship funds through NWU.
Since establishing the Pathways Scholarship agreements in 2017, 288 CCC students transferred nearly 6,000 credit hours. On top of that, the students that have transferred have maintained a 3.4 GPA at NWU.
"We are absolutely excited to continue and reaffirm our memorandum of understanding with Central Community College," Good said. "Nebraska Wesleyan had benefited greatly from the students that have transferred from here to be active and successful students at our college."
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In fact, students that transfer from CCC often see more success than those that transfer in from larger universities.
"People are often surprised that students that transfer in from Central Community College actually earn higher grades than students that transfer from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln," Good said.
"We find that not surprising because the work ethic that they bring in from here and the hard academics and the challenge that they come through here prepares them really well for the challenges that we're going to throw at them at Nebraska Wesleyan. They thrive here, they come to our campus and keep that momentum."
Good cited small classes, personal attention and academic excellence as three key components found at NWU and CCC.
"I'm obviously very excited, too, to carry on with this agreement," Gotschall said. "We've had wonderful relationships for decades and it's always wonderful to create some of these pathways for even more of our students to make that transition to Nebraska Wesleyan."
In renewing the agreement, Good celebrated Nebraska Wesleyan's newest scholarships for students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honorary for community college students. NWU now offers a $17,000 scholarship to Phi Theta Kappa members. PTK students also have the opportunity to compete for one full-tuition scholarship awarded annually."
"We're grateful for the continued partnership with CCC and we look forward to welcoming more community college students to NWU," Good said.
CCC has campuses all over Nebraska beyond Columbus, including Grand Island and Hastings.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org