HCC and WIU sign two-plus-two agreement in broadcasting

Highland Community College students interested in pursuing a four-year degree in broadcasting now have a direct path to completing their Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

Through an agreement, signed on March 2, at a special meeting of the HCC Board of Trustees, Highland students would complete the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Mass Communication in two years. Students would then transfer to WIU for their final two years and would be eligible to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting with a choice of emphasis in sports broadcasting, news/performance, or production.

A camera crew of HCC mass communication students were present to cover the ceremony.

"The partnership between Highland and WIU is an outstanding opportunity for our current and future students," said Jim Yeager, HCC speech and mass communication instructor. "With this agreement, we use the best of our collective resources to give students from northwest Illinois the opportunity to start their education at Highland in a small class environment with personalized attention at a highly affordable rate, and then build on that foundation of skills in an engaging and rigorous program at WIU, with a phenomenal job placement rate and an impressive and active alumni network."

There is already a general transfer agreement in place between HCC and state colleges and universities which facilitates transfer from Highland to the four year institutions. The agreement signed on March 2, sets a prescribed four-year sequence of courses resulting in a direct pathway to a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from WIU.

According to WIU's Department of Broadcasting professor and Chair William "Buzz" Hoon, "We are excited about this partnership with the Highland Community College program. These agreements will assist the transition from Highland to WIU and bring in quality students that are ready to continue their education and contribute right away to our award-winning program."  

HCC President Tim Hood praised the new agreement. "I am so pleased to see the immediate success of the new Mass Communication program at HCC, and collaborating with WIU to create a transfer pathway significantly enhances learning and career opportunities for current and future students at Highland," said Hood.

"This partnership with Highland Community College is a perfect example of how higher education in the state of Illinois can work," said College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean Billy Clow. "Together, two excellent institutions committed to bringing opportunity to students providing them with the tools they can use to create a bright and successful future. The College of Fine Arts and Communication looks forward to working closely with President Hood and expanding our partnerships with Highland."

For more information about Highland’s mass communication program, visit, or call 815.599.3414. To find out more about the WIU broadcasting program, visit

(Left to right) Jim Yeager, Dr. William "Buzz" Hoon, Doug Block, Tim Hood and Billy Clow

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