BY: CAREY CASTLE, VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC & STUDENT AFFAIRS
Last Tuesday was one of those days I really appreciate when something good comes to fruition and the students are the benefactors.
Northland Community and Technical College and Bemidji State University signed an agreement yesterday to implement NorthernConnect beginning in fall 2016. This agreement marks a chance for students to begin their academic career here at NCTC and finish up a bachelor’s degree with BSU. The pathway is smooth, recognizes the student’s needs at both institutions, and demonstrates the ability for the two schools to work together. While the agreement is now signed and delivered, the work that went into developing it began in earnest last August, and was just an idea nearly two years ago. Dr. Martin Tadlock, provost for BSU and the staff at both institutions spent many hours working out the details and ensuring this program would be beneficial for qualified students.
NorthernConnect will not be for every student, but for those that are seeking a bachelor’s degree or above, it provides a pathway that makes that transition a bit easier. For example, if a student starting at NCTC has not made their mind up about their academic future, they can continue to work toward an associate degree while exploring their long-term goals. If they know their goal is BSU, but want to enroll at NCTC and complete their associate of science or associate of arts, or associate of applied science degree first, then NorthernConnect is for them!
The criteria for NorthernConnect is relatively simple:
- Once a student at NCTC has decided to apply, they must have completed 24 credits and have maintained a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). Students can apply in the semester they will reach 24 credits with NCTC. Students will have completed all the necessary Minnesota Transfer Curriculum for a 2-year program when transferring to BSU.
- After acceptance, students will have the application fee waived with BSU, be dually enrolled with BSU, receive a BSU identification card, and be guaranteed acceptance to BSU after completing their degree with NCTC.
- NorthernConnect students will receive advising from both NCTC and BSU during their second year at NCTC to ensure a smooth transition to BSU. Students will also have access to many student life activities for BSU in the same year.
This information is available now online at www.northlandcollege.edu/northernconnect/ so be sure to look it over. In addition, any students interested in the NorthernConnect program can get answers to their questions by contacting the NCTC points of contact.
For Thief River Falls:
Lisa Bottem, Registrar
Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
For East Grand Forks:
Bobbie Taylor, Associate Registrar
Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
This program is what many of our students need. How about you or your children, ready to go from blue to green?
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