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Special Celebration Planned for Distance Learning Grads

Date: May 29, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Photo by Lisa Britton
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati is making history this year as six students who never came to campus will receive their bachelor's degrees in Addiction Studies. The students are from around the state of Ohio and were trained in the understanding, prevention and treatment of addictions by taking classes through distance learning. UC's program is the only one of its kind in Ohio.

The graduating students will be recognized at a special brunch hosted by the College of Evening and Continuing Education 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the UC Faculty Club.

By using videoconferencing to connect to community college campuses around Ohio, instructors can reach students at the distant sites as well as on the main UC campus. Students at the remote campuses see the professors on a television screen and can ask questions by using a microphone.

UC's Addictions Studies program provides a distance learning baccalaureate degree to the following schools: Sinclair Community College, North Central State Community College, Lima Technical College, Central Ohio Technical College, Columbus State College and Terra Community College.

Left to right: Tryon, Parker, Hixembaugh,Phipps, and Wohlert

The following students will receive their baccalaureate degree:

  • Rick Ridenour Lima Technical College
  • Kathy Tryon Columbus State College
  • Arnett Phipps Columbus State College
  • Amy Hixembaugh Columbus State College
  • Debbie Parker Columbus State College
  • Pam Wohlert Central Ohio Technical College
  • Lawrence Anthony, director of the Addictions Studies program, says the distance learning option appeals to older, nontraditional students who have an associate degree. "Many of them are working in the field in their own communities, but in a limited capacity because of their education. This option allows many of the students to get a four-year degree at a relatively low cost, without leaving their hometowns or their jobs. Also, the Ohio Credentialing Board recently enacted additional academic requirements to become a certified chemical dependency counselor (CCDC). The baccalaureate degree answers some of those requirements."

    Lawrence Anthony and Rick Ridenour

    Rick Ridenour held down two part-time jobs while finishing his UC bachelor's degree at Lima Technical College. He had previously earned an associate's degree in human services from Lima Tech. "Earning the bachelor's degree was really convenient. I was on a campus I was familiar with and I could further my education without relocating and I could keep working. This will help me move up in my job." Ridenour will also serve as a marshal for the College of Evening and Continuing Education at the All-University Commencement at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8th in UC's Shoemaker Center. Marshals are honorary positions for each college's top graduates.

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