Officials from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Campbellsville University crossed paths Wednesday at Hodgenville’s new Brockman Center to sign four agreements of cooperation.
After negotiations, the institutions created seamless transfers in four programs: business administration, criminal justice, interdisciplinary early childhood education and organizational management.
Representatives of both schools said in economic times when budgets are tightened, cooperation seems natural.
“We don’t want to replicate each others efforts but we do want to enhance opportunities,” said Dr. Thelma White, president and CEO of ECTC.
Rather than be locked in a competition for students, she said the institutions would continue to look for cooperative arrangements.
“We will continue to be good neighbors and we will continue to be good partners,” she said during Wednesday’s signing ceremony held at CU’s Hodgenville center, which opened last year. “We are going to set the bar very high.”
Campbellsville University President Dr. Michael Carter said he thinks this bond between public and private post-secondary colleges will set a model for the state.
“Together, if we can educate or help people achieve to their dreams, it doesn’t matter if it says ECTC or Campbellsville” on their diploma, Carter said.
Dan Flanagan, a board member of the Council of Postsecondary Education, added his voice to the chorus on cooperation.
“This pleases the council very much and meshes with our vision of what ought to be happening in higher education,” Flanagan said.
A news release announcing the agreement said ECTC graduates meeting CU’s admission standards will be eligible for admission to CU’s bachelor’s degree programs. CU will accept the credit hours required for an associate’s degree at ECTC and apply that credit toward the specified degree program.
The colleges had a dozen or more department leaders and officers present for the signing ceremony but to symbolize the emphasis on educational opportunities, three students shared the stage as the two presidents formalized the agreements. Jessica Haire, Brooke Cooper and Amanda Powers also received commemorative pens after all documents were signed.
It was the second time in five months that the former USDA building at 813 Old Elizabethtown Road had hosted an education celebration. CU dedicated its Hodgenville campus in November. In addition to college courses, the 5,500-square-foot structure includes the Campbellsville University Technology Training Center. CU also will conduct its Kids College program in Hodgenville this summer for the second consecutive year.