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NWU Partners With Metropolitan Community College to Boost Bachelor's Degree Completion

Nebraska Wesleyan Provost Graciela Caneiro-Livingston thanks Sue Raftery, associate vice president of academic affairs at Metropolitan Community College, on a new partnership between the two schools, which will open more doors to bachelor's degree complet
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Nebraska Wesleyan Provost Graciela Caneiro-Livingston thanks Sue Raftery, associate vice president of academic affairs at Metropolitan Community College, on a new partnership between the two schools, which will open more doors to bachelor's degree completion.

Nebraska Wesleyan University is expanding its partnerships with area community colleges in an effort to open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion.

Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles and Metropolitan Community College President Randy Schmailzl have signed a formal agreement for the NWU Pathways Scholarship Program.

The program provides two pathways to degree completion at Nebraska Wesleyan with financial benefits including a $15,000 scholarship to every admitted MPCC student to NWU’s traditional undergraduate program. Those enrolling in the accelerated degree-completion program for adults will receive a $15 per credit hour scholarship and a low tuition rate.

Since 2013, 153 MCC students have transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan.

“We welcome the opportunity to strengthen our educational partnerships through launching the MCC Pathways to NWU program,” said NWU President Fred Ohles.

Students transferring directly from MCC and who complete a minimum of 18 credit hours at MCC are eligible for consideration of admission and the Pathways Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters at NWU.

“We’re eager to welcome more MCC students to our traditional undergraduate program in Lincoln and help them continue to reach their academic goals,” said Ohles. “In addition, our degree-completion program offerings in Omaha give these students the convenience and educational experiences they’ve valued at MCC.”

For 13 years NWU has offered degree-completion and graduate programs in Omaha. The NWU Omaha location is at 140th & Dodge on the top floor of the First National Bank building.

This marks the second such partnership between NWU and area community colleges. In October, NWU signed a formal agreement with Southeast Community College to offer the SCC Pathways to NWU program.