NCCC to offer four year degree option

SARANAC LAKE North Country Community College is expanding its services by offering an online four-year degree through Columbus, Ohio-based Franklin University.

North Country graduates can continue their studies at the college and completing coursework online leading to a bachelors degree. The program, Community College Alliance, allows students to take additional coursework offered by North Country while taking online courses from Franklin University.

North Country is delighted to provide this exceptional educational program to our students and area residents, stated Dr. Gail Rogers Rice, president of North Country Community College. Providing a program to our best and brightest residents that will give them the option to remain in our sponsor area while pursuing a four year degree through the NCCC-Franklin University Alliance is in keeping with North Countrys mission of meeting the educational and professional needs of our community.

According to Ed Trathen, vice president for enrollment and student services, The Community College Alliance with Franklin University is a win-win relationship for NCCC students and the two colleges. Area residents no longer need to travel outside Essex and Franklin counties or leave their current job to complete a four-year degree.

North Country students can earn a bachelor degree from Franklin University in accounting, healthcare management, public safety management, business administration, human resource management, business forensics, financial management, forensic accounting, management, marketing, management information science and applied management.

We believe more degrees will be offered in the future as demand dictates, and as business and industry needs change, said Trathen.

All courses taken at NCCC, while pursuing a bachelors degree at Franklin University, will be the same credit hour charge as matriculated students. Since a student can earn one additional year of North Country credit while attending Franklin, this would equal $3,340 for the year.

The main non-financial benefit of this program is the academic support from fellow students and faculty. While online learning has such benefits as convenience and a large number of degrees options, it has never been able to fill the void of direct interaction with fellow students and professors, explained Trathen.

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