EKU, BCTC ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS REACH EDUCATIONAL GOALS
RICHMOND, KY (November 18, 2008) Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College have announced a cooperative program that will help students achieve their educational goals.
By successfully completing the BCTC Colonel Program, BCTC students gain a strong academic foundation and will be guaranteed admission to EKU.
The BCTC Colonel Program gives students considering or planning to transfer to EKU an important, early connection with a university partner, said Dr. Augusta A. Julian, BCTC president. Support and incentives such as advising, on-site registration and entry to athletic events, plus the financial support will help these talented students make the transition.
To enter the BCTC Colonel Program, students should:
- Apply for admission to BCTC and submit an official copy of high school transcript or GED scores.
- Submit ACT scores or take COMPASS test in math, reading and writing to determine appropriate courses. A high ACT score may negate the need for developmental courses.
- Complete any required developmental courses at BCTC.
- Complete an associate of arts or science degree at BCTC and earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
BCTC Colonel students will receive enhanced transfer advising from the EKU transfer coordinator located on the BCTC campus, and will participate in a special orientation, also on site. They will also be able to attend EKU athletic events for free.
The BCTC Colonel Program will provide a seamless transition and an opportunity for Bluegrass students to achieve their academic goals, said Nicole McGrew, a transfer admissions and articulation coordinator with EKU whos based on the BCTC Cooper Campus. Eastern was the first university to have an onsite transfer adviser at BCTC and offer half-price tuition to those who qualify. Now, through this program we will be the first to offer onsite registration and free access to all athletic events. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to become part of the Eastern community.
More EKU transfer students come from BCTC than any other school; last year, more than 270 BCTC students transferred to EKU. BCTC students who transferred in 2006/07 earned an average 2.93 GPA after their initial year at a four-year institution.
The strong partnership between BCTC and EKU is made even stronger through the BCTC Colonel transfer program, said Catharine Penfold Navarro, director of BCTC's Transfer Center. This program will allow more BCTC students to transfer to EKU and fulfill their educational dreams of earning a bachelors degree.
Students who earn 24 credit hours at BCTC with a cumulative 3.0 GPA are automatically awarded a KCTCS Transfer Scholarship, which amounts to half the normal EKU in-state tuition rate for up to six semesters.
In addition, those BCTC Colonel students who qualify for financial aid will also be able to apply the aid at EKU. By maintaining the required GPA, students can also transfer their KEES money to EKU.