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Highland among other regional community colleges to partner with Rockford University to offer degree completion opportunities

Highland Community College is among regional community colleges to partner with Rockford University to provide a flexible, seamless option to transfer college credits or an associate’s degree (A.A, A.S., or A.A.S) toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or Accounting.

The collaboration between the institutions facilitates the easy transfer of credits from Highland Community College to the degree completion program at the PURI School of Business at Rockford University. A community college is often where students start, earning general education credits and exploring interest in a particular major.

“As part of our Strategic Plan, we’ve emphasized strengthening partnerships with other educational institutions in an effort to expand educational pathways for students,” said Chris Kuberski, President of Highland Community College. “Our programs provide a solid foundation, and we’re happy to facilitate the transfer of students’ credits to the next step in their education and career. We appreciate our partnership with Rockford University and how it intersects with our goals as an institution.”

Established partnerships make the transfer of earned college credits easy and pave the way for more students to earn bachelor’s degrees.

The collaboration with community colleges, credit for documented work training, multiple start dates every five weeks, and hybrid online and face-to-face classes are just some of the ways Highland Community College and Rockford University are meeting the needs of today’s non-traditional college students.

“Rockford University has long-standing partnerships with our regional community colleges,” added Dr. Eric Fulcomer, president of Rockford University. “We believe this collaboration is good for our students and the region as it provides another path to a bachelor’s degree.”

Also involved with this partnership is Kishwaukee College and Rock Valley College.

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Photo: Chris Kuberski, president of Highland Community College, speaks during the announcement of the partnership agreement at Rockford University.