Brescia University and Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) announced a new transfer agreement that will impact students in all OCTC technical program offerings. The announcement took place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at OCTC’s Main Campus, located at 4800 New Hartford Road. Presidents, Fr. Larry Hostetter, of Brescia University, and Dr. Scott Williams, of OCTC were both present as the agreement became effective immediately.
Brescia University and OCTC have two longstanding articulation agreements regarding the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees. Brescia University accepts the AA or AS degree from OCTC, and from any of the sixteen colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). Those degrees transfer with 60 to 67 credits and allow the transfer student a junior class standing at Brescia. Historically, more than 150 students have transferred to Brescia from OCTC since 2009.
The new articulation agreement opens this opportunity to all students in OCTC technical programs that offer the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students will be able to transfer up to 77 credit hours to Brescia towards a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies. Brescia University has created a personalized degree option for students as they continue their higher education journey. This new agreement expands the opportunity for transfer for students in 23 additional OCTC programs including: Business Administration Systems, Computer & Information Technologies, Engineering & Electronics Technology, and numerous Allied Health programs.
OCTC’s Williams added, “We have a longstanding partnership with Brescia and are always looking for additional ways we can collaborate to benefit students and our community.”
“Strengthening our collaboration with OCTC is an exciting and essential next step that will have a lasting impact on our community and surrounding areas. By streamlining the transfer process for students with any AA/AS/AAS degree from OCTC, we are ensuring that their graduates can join the Brescia University family and have access to a path towards a 4-year degree. BUconnections, the new Brescia University transfer initiative, is about more than transferring academic credit, it is also about creating a holistic experience for the student with individualized attention in areas like advising, tutoring, and career services to support their path to success,” stated Dr. Lauren McCrary, Brescia University’s Chief of Staff.
“We are so pleased that our academic departments worked together to offer this opportunity for so many additional students. Many times our students are place bound by families and careers so offering them an affordable way to continue their education is extremely exciting” commented Dr. Veena Sallan, OCTC’s Chief Academic Officer.