The cost of a single bridge course was $50, of which the board of education subsidized $40 since the program began. Hults is still in negotiations with NCCC regarding the cost of the new courses. They aim to offer an affordable rate while not double dipping into state aid from both institutions.
"Graduate school is today what a four-year degree was when I was in school," said Hults.
Hults believes that offering an associates degree at a fraction of the standard cost will make graduate school more attainable in regards to tuition and time.
NCS is also working to make specialized degree programs like wilderness recreation and nursing available to their students.
"While this is a benefit for our students, it is also a two-way street," said Hults.
Students from NCS have the benefit of college courses in high school, but NCCC students also have the benefit of more professors and courses to choose from.