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Want to Finish Your Degree? UC Clermont Can Help


The College Completion Academy helps those with previous college credit cross the academic finish line.

Date: 3/22/2017 8:30:00 AM
By: Amanda Chalifoux
Phone: (513) 558-8199

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Often, individuals who have completed college coursework — but stopped short of a diploma — can feel like there aren’t many accessible or affordable options for finally earning their degree. Enter the new College Completion Academy at UC Clermont, nicknamed CCA@UCC, an initiative that aims to help former college students finish their academic journeys on their own terms. 
 
“Our research shows that there are many people in Clermont County who have completed some college coursework, but not quite enough for a degree,” said Blaine Kelley, UC Clermont’s associate director of student recruitment. “In many cases, just having that degree — whether an associate’s or bachelor’s — can open up more job opportunities or more pay, or keep someone from getting laid off. There’s a lot of value to it.”  
 
Interested individuals can attend one of four detailed information sessions: March 23 at UC Clermont; April 18 at the Miami Township Civic Center; May 18 at the Union Township Civic Center; or June (date TBD) at Eastgate Mall. College academic advisors will be on hand at each session to meet with prospective students and perform unofficial transcript evaluations, present curriculum guides for desired majors, provide overviews of enrollment steps and financial aid, and help complete applications or re-admit paperwork. Each applicant will receive a CCA certificate good for one free class (or a portion of a class fee for bachelor’s degree seekers). 
 
Kelley said that besides the obvious benefits in choosing UC Clermont for any local student — affordability, a conveniently located, accessible campus, and a University of Cincinnati diploma — the college also offers a distinct advantage for returning students looking to finish a degree started years, sometimes decades, earlier. “Outside of medical or science courses, we generally do not age out classes, which many schools do,” Kelley said. “So if you took an English course in 1983, it still counts as English now. We will not make you retake a class you’ve already had, as long as the Higher Learning Commission accredits the institution. We want to make this as easy as possible for those interested in finishing their higher education.”  
 
To learn more about CCA@UCC, or to RSVP for an upcoming information session, visit http://www.ucclermont.edu/events/completion-academy, call 513-732-5319 or email clermont.admissions@uc.edu. 
 
UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township. The college is an accredited, open-access institution offering more than 50 programs and degrees. UC East, a Clermont County expansion in the former Ford plant in Batavia Township, opened in the fall of 2010. It is home to UC Clermont's Allied Health programs. The college is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-732-5200 or visit www.ucclermont.edu