MONTGOMERY – Place-bound community college graduates will soon have a new route to continuing their education through a Troy University distance learning program.
The new program was announced today during a news conference with Gov. Bob Riley, TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. and Postsecondary Education Chancellor Bradley Byrne.
“The Partnership will enhance the potential for a greater number of Alabama citizens to earn college degrees and subsequently improve the quality of life, economic development and cultural maturity of the State of Alabama,” said Gov. Riley in a commendation of the program signed today.
TROY’s “eConnections” program seeks to eliminate the barriers presented by work and family by offering distance learning opportunities to community college graduates through the University’s eCampus. To make students aware of the opportunities to earn a four-year degree, the University has entered into formal partnerships with 15 community colleges in Alabama to date. Under these agreements, TROY is providing coordinators to counsel students and serve as academic advisors to help students begin on a path toward a bachelor’s degree.“We want these place-bound students to know that they have the opportunity through Troy University to receive a quality education and earn a bachelors degree while maintaining their obligations such as jobs or families,” said Buddy Starling, dean of enrollment management at TROY.
“TROY has a long history of providing quality distance education and this is another way the University is looking to serve the people of Alabama,” he said.
TROY’s eCampus currently offers bachelors degrees in Resource and Technology Management, Business Administration, Applied Computer Science, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Interpreter Training, Psychology, Social Science and Sport and Fitness Management.