Mar 14, 2011
On March 4, OHIO signed a memorandum of understanding with their new community college partner, Mountwest Community and Technical College* in West Virginia. This is the first ever out- of- state partnership of this type for Ohio University.
Ohio University began partnering with community colleges throughout Ohio in 2008. The partnerships with community colleges have given students the opportunity to attain higher education degrees.
“This partnership is significant in another way, this is our first one out of state,” said Dan Evans, executive dean of regional campuses and vice provost for strategic initiatives at Ohio University. “The river is not a boundary; it is not a barrier. It is not uncommon to live in one state, to go to work in another and to have dinner in yet another state.”
Mountwest was originally part of Marshall University, but has since become independent. This new partnership between OHIO and Mountwest will enhance accessibility and affordability of bachelor’s degrees for Huntington area students. This is truly a milestone in OHIO history. This partnership allows for growth in enrollment for OHIO and provides higher education to all people regardless of geographical location.
“This is a win-win-win,” said Evans. “The big winner here is the student who has an easier, clearer and an affordable pathway from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree.”
OHIO’s college partnership program increases college access and affordability, which is a major goal of the University System of Ohio. The students that attend will be able to finish the bachelor’s completion program online or will be able to attend on-ground classes at the Proctorville Center, which is close to Mountwest. The partnership will allow students to earn an associate degree in the technical field from Mountwest and then a bachelor’s degree from OHIO without leaving the region.
“I think we all understand that education still remains the best way to transform lives, both intellectually and economically,” said Bill Willan, dean of the Southern Campus and Proctorville Center.